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Old 10-26-2007, 05:46 PM
 
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I apologize for yet another "what is best for me" post... but I have to say, this forum is a great source of information!

I am considering moving to the Chicago area in the next year or so, and here is my situation. I am an early 30s, single male. I am a sports nut, especially hockey -- that is my major source of entertainment during winter months. In Chicago, that means United Center, Rosemount, Bensenville, and Rockford.. so travel-wise, the NW has an advantage.

I have a lot of allergies, and I do better in areas that are more densely populated (less open space for growing ragweed) -- in other words, rural exurbs aren't my first choice.

Cost... ideally, I'd love to find a place in the $300K range, but that is flexible. A townhome is ideal, but a condo is a consideration as well. Again, because of allergies, new construction is a huge plus, to say the least.

I enjoy bars, restaurants, sports bars, etc., but I am not into nightclubs or anything considered "trendy" or "formal". I enjoy being around people, I enjoy busy, high energy areas, but I've never been one to meet people through social groups, churches, etc... I tend to meet people through day-to day-life.

So.... what suburbs would I be best to look at? I am also interested in looking at areas within the city itself, although I realize this is primarily a suburban forum.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-26-2007, 06:45 PM
 
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I would steer a young single guy to the city. If not, a burb with a very easy commute to the city. Evanston would be first choice for the burbs,(Large vibrant,close to lake/beach, "L" to the city) followed by Arlington Hts, maybe even Shaumburg (depends on your likes- lots of strip malls and sub divisions in that area). Lots of folks like (and dislike) Oak Park,but I really cant speak first hand,just from this fourm. Good luck to you--Go Bears

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Old 10-27-2007, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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I'm a 30 year old female who lives in the Schaumburg area, and I think it's a good area for those our age. I also think it's a good location too for all your sports centers - probably 20-25 min to Rosemont, 15-20 min to Bensenville. Rockford is a bit further, but I'd say 45 min to an hour. I suffer from allergies pretty bad too, no matter where I live in this area. However, you won't need to worry about any rural places in the burbs since they seem to build on pretty much every square foot of land there is LOL Schaumburg is almost too crowded, but I grew up in the area so I am partial to it. I know you're more of a hockey fan, but Schaumburg is also home to the Flyers and that stadium is pretty nice for being out in the burbs LOL anywho this is just my opinion but I think worth looking into.
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Old 10-27-2007, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Naperville - 20+ years
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If you are a sports nut, I don't know why you'd even consider anything but the city.

I mean I live in the suburbs, and I've raised my family here but if you don't have raising a family to contend with, then by all means enjoy all that the great City of Chicago has to offer. Some of the greatest sports fans around. Hockey is heavily followed - some die hard Blackhawk fans (I was a rabid hockey mom myself.)

There are many areas that you would do well in including but not limited to Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville. The South Loop is an alternative that is up and coming (not much of a night life yet - but affordable housing) closely located to Soldier Field and not too far from the United Center. Also, you might try the River North area - in the heart of the city.

Just some suggestions. If you'd like more details DM me.
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:11 PM
 
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Everything I hear seems to point to the city, although it seems you get a lot more for your money in the suburbs. The allergy issue certainly concerns me... does anyone find living near the lake makes a significant difference?
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:18 PM
 
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I'd take a look at the city obviously, but also suburbs in the NW like Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Palatine, etc., and possibly Naperville although it is SW of the city and a bit further from some of the stadiums. From what I hear, the nightlife isn't that bad (considering it's the suburbs) down in Naperville, and probably has the most nightlife in the suburbs after Schaumburg and its neighboring towns. The city of course takes the whole nightlife thing to a whole different level, but then again it is MUCH, MUCH more dense and you'll have to make certain compromises. I'd really look at both the city (north side, and some neighborhoods near the Loop), and stack that up against your Schaumburgs, Arlington Heights's, Naperville's, and see what comes out on top. Evanston as someone else mentioned is very scenic and an easy drive into the city, but doesn't have too many sportsbars really in town. Either way, good luck!

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Everything I hear seems to point to the city, although it seems you get a lot more for your money in the suburbs. The allergy issue certainly concerns me... does anyone find living near the lake makes a significant difference?
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:05 AM
 
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Default Allergies too

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Everything I hear seems to point to the city, although it seems you get a lot more for your money in the suburbs. The allergy issue certainly concerns me... does anyone find living near the lake makes a significant difference?
Strange as it may seem, some of us with allergies and asthma do better in city air than country air. Just depends on what your triggers are.
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Old 10-30-2007, 05:49 PM
 
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Strange as it may seem, some of us with allergies and asthma do better in city air than country air. Just depends on what your triggers are.
Absolutely -- I do a lot better in more urbanized areas. I should have explained more -- my fear is living in a land of 1/4 and 1/2 acre lots -- I did that once, I have never been so sick for three years in my life! I do best in the most urbanized areas -- smaller lots, less vegetation, and most importantly, less open space. The undeveloped land -- even large freeway ditches that are not landscaped and things like that -- are breeding grounds for weeds, which is one of my worst allergies. My concern is more for the suburbs allergy-wise -- for allergies, the 40th story of a lakefront condo would be far, far better than 1/4 acre west of Elgin!
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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If you think you'd do best allergy-wise in a new construction mid to high rise condo I would look at the South Loop. For 300K you can get a very nice brand new 1 or (maybe) 2 bedroom condo there. Though as another poster said - not too much nightlife there - but you're only a cab or el ride away from where all the action is.
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