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Old 01-14-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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Thank you for all of your insight . I will be sure to read all of this great information to my husband. We come from a small town where every one knows everyone and there is little to no crime. Our town is mostly made up of whites so diversity will be great. So we are definitely looking to expand our horizons little by little.

 
Old 01-14-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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One more thing my friends , is Oak Park pet friendly ?
 
Old 01-14-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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One more thing my friends , is Oak Park pet friendly ?
Yes it is. There are no roving death squads looking to kill innocent pets if that's what you're asking.
 
Old 01-14-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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No I wasnt asking if there were "Death squads killing animals" I mean apartment
friendly .
 
Old 01-14-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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We have no children and are just looking for an apartment in a nice area. We love to just spend a few hours at a small cafe talking or a stroll in a park .
Honestly it would probably be easier to find a pet friendly apartment with good access to "places to stroll" in Brookfield,Berkely, Hillside, Westchester, Berwyn, North Riverside, Westmont, Willowbrook, Lombard or Villa Park. Any of those towns is probably a shorter commute to Oak Brook, and cheaper too....

It is not so much that I am opposed to Oak Park but that it supposed "charms" come with lots of traffic, crummy parking, and often bizarro recommendations from their outmoded "Housing Authority"...
 
Old 01-14-2012, 08:28 PM
 
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No I wasnt asking if there were "Death squads killing animals" I mean apartment
friendly .
Ah. Well it will vary from building to building, just like anywhere. I'm not familiar with any resource listing the percentage of rentals in a given community that accepts pets.
 
Old 01-14-2012, 11:21 PM
 
Location: North Jackson
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Honestly it would probably be easier to find a pet friendly apartment with good access to "places to stroll" in Brookfield,Berkely, Hillside, Westchester, Berwyn, North Riverside, Westmont, Willowbrook, Lombard or Villa Park. Any of those towns is probably a shorter commute to Oak Brook, and cheaper too....

It is not so much that I am opposed to Oak Park but that it supposed "charms" come with lots of traffic, crummy parking, and often bizarro recommendations from their outmoded "Housing Authority"...
I can't believe you would actually recommend Hillside and North Riverside as having a place to stroll. A stroll in Hillside? By the garbage dump that borders the Ike?

Every town you listed is indeed closer to Oak Brook, and has much less to offer than Oak Park. Not even in the same ballpark...
 
Old 01-15-2012, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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The regional housing center can answer all your questions. you will find your cafe/restaurant and walkable parks too. Call them. Send them an email. It is important to find out the earliest you can moved. It could 6-8 weeks. There are no really tiny towns in Chicago or OP or Oak Brook. Don't forget to take your pooper scooper and bag when you walk you dog. If you are lucky you might find a place with a dog friendly yard or nearby pet friendly park.

OP is a Village of about 60,000. It has most of the city conveniences including Trader Joe's, hospital, train, bus, limo, taxi and zipcar. If you want something really small you may have to West on the Ike quite a while and look for tiny towns around Sandwich, IL.The downside is finding a place to rent and the distance to work. It's a trade-off. If you lived nearly anywhere else in Illinois you would not have the same set of problems.
 
Old 01-15-2012, 02:14 AM
 
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Honestly it would probably be easier to find a pet friendly apartment with good access to "places to stroll" in Brookfield,Berkely, Hillside, Westchester, Berwyn, North Riverside, Westmont, Willowbrook, Lombard or Villa Park. Any of those towns is probably a shorter commute to Oak Brook, and cheaper too....

It is not so much that I am opposed to Oak Park but that it supposed "charms" come with lots of traffic, crummy parking, and often bizarro recommendations from their outmoded "Housing Authority"...
Sometimes towns are cheaper for good reason, but I would much rather deal with oak park traffic and the crummy parking, which are really non-issues for me, and gain everything else there, than go for one of those other towns for the sake of good parking. One has a choice not to deal with the housing authority if one doesn't like it... No one is putting a gun to someone's head and saying they must use them. I'm sure there are systems and departments in every other town that have outmoded elements. The traffic, parking and opha aren't even sacrifices IMO, more like occasional announces (though I've personally never had a parking issue in op, nor have I been stuck in anything I'd consider a traffic jam) that are easily forgettable considering the things gained that actually matter.

My advice to the op would be to live near oak park ave and lake st. You'll have coffee shops, eateries, entertainment, shops, a park, all at your door step.
 
Old 01-15-2012, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Honestly it would probably be easier to find a pet friendly apartment with good access to "places to stroll" in Brookfield,Berkely, Hillside, Westchester, Berwyn, North Riverside, Westmont, Willowbrook, Lombard or Villa Park. Any of those towns is probably a shorter commute to Oak Brook, and cheaper too....

It is not so much that I am opposed to Oak Park but that it supposed "charms" come with lots of traffic, crummy parking, and often bizarro recommendations from their outmoded "Housing Authority"...
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