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Old 12-15-2011, 11:33 PM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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I'd only commute from Lake View if I could work from home a few days a week, or I had the ability to have a much earlier schedule. Chicago surface streets suck during traditional rush hour. Especially near Lake View and Lincoln Park, gridlock is a common occurrance.
If her job is near a Purple Line stop and she works something close to "normal" hours most of the time, then living near Belmont and commuting to Evanston wouldn't be bad. It would be about a 30 minute train ride and no transfer during rush hours, and northbound from Belmont likely has seats available most mornings so you could read or whatever instead of deal with traffic in a car. If you're planning to drive, you may as well stick to Evanston or maybe western portions of Andersonville.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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Thanks everyone, your comments have been so helpful. I'm in Chicago this weekend looking for a place. I'm optimistic that I will find something. If I don't, then I'm stuck with hotel living for awhile and I definitely do not want to do that! I will have a car, however, I do not plan to drive to work everyday. I want the ability to hop on the purple line and get to work fairly easily (within a 30 minute) train ride. I will definitely check out Andersonville also. Thanks again!
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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Hi all,

So, I'm leaning more towards Edgewater. Do any of you know about any safety concerns in this area? I'm looking at either the 5000 or 6000 block of N. Sheridan. Thanks!
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for your comments. @Golden Camel, no I'm not required to live in Evanston. I just have an awful commute at my present job in NY and I want my travel to work in Evanston to be as seamless and painless as possible. I am also considering looking at Lakeview and Edgewater communities. Please let me know if I am missing one. I'm very worried about finding a place in such a short time period!
You will rue the day you moved to Lakeview if you are looking for a pretty easy commute to Evanston. Our 'L' is not quick trans if you are going more than 1 mile or 2 ever since they eliminated trains making only alternate stops. Bus will be even worse. You will be fine in SE Evanston if you follow cubsoxfan's boundaries. Edgewater or Andersonville will be an ok commute on the 'L' to Evanston, but where will you need to get off and how far will you have to walk to work from an Evanston stop? Given your housing budget, the area around St. Francis Hospital is a good option, and while not the epitome of surburban hip in terms of nearby shops, is not especially unsafe. I would not worry about living there.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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Hi all,

So, I'm leaning more towards Edgewater. Do any of you know about any safety concerns in this area? I'm looking at either the 5000 or 6000 block of N. Sheridan. Thanks!
That area is fine. It can get a little sketchy around 5400-6000 on Winthrop and Kenmore, but Sheridan is fine. I would probably stay closer to Foster to Bryn Mawr.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:06 PM
 
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It's a mixed bag among those highrises. My instinct is that you will be better off renting a unit in one of the condo bldg. high rises. Like this: Baird & Warner 6030 North Sheridan Road #1811 Chicago, IL 60660 $1,100 Bedrooms: 1 Full Bath: 1 | Baird & Warner
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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IDK, maybe things have changed a lot since but when I went to Loyola, the Sheridan Rd. strip was nice but kinda removed (walking distance wise) from the places we wanted to eat and drink at. I'd rather find a place in Evanston that is a bit quieter, more consistent (sounds like the Winthrop/Kenmore corridor is still not dangerous but still watch you back type of area)and walkable to one of the business districts with coffee shop and places to eat.
The Edgewater advantage is putting yourself closer commuting & cab distance to all the good places to drink, eat and entertain in Chicago.
Personal personality comes into play also; I've always liked it a bit quieter and Evanston works that way for me.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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I have lived in NYC, once lived in Edgewater and had dinner in Andersonville, last night. While I am a city person at heart, I would opt for Evanston for the urban-suburban experience and a breeze of a commute. It's highly walkable, has plenty of shopping and entertainment, the lakefront parks, best Farmer's market anywhere and you will likely find nothing that interests you in so called less safe areas. It's a no brainer.
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