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Old 04-10-2015, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago, Little Village
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Right, Oak Park is where you end up when the significant other wants good schools while not feeling like you're selling out to The Suburbs (even though technically....). Few single people and those who are tend towards the more serious and studious variety. FP seems to attract a lot of empty nesters. Nothing wrong with any of this but a 22 year old will feel out of place.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:32 AM
 
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The OP said he wants to "occasionally" go out on weekends. Why do you guy insist on steering people to neighborhoods despite the conditions they list?

Oak Park and Forest Park are fine choices given the OPs list. They are close to the city (as he wants) and have things to do (as he wants). Jesus...
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:49 AM
 
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Default There are just not enough reasons...

Oak Park is pricey, has far fewer well priced / nice rentals than Chicago, and has a fraction of the population in the OP's situation.
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:01 PM
 
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Yes don't steer people to Chicago....terribly parking, and crime is higher than in almost any suburb. The bars and restaurants of Forest Park, Oak Park and Berwyn are teeming with young people on weekends. So are places in Wheaton and Naperville. Many people think young people live only in city neighborhoods and its so far from the truth. Many young folks in the suburbs. Not everyone is a lounge lizard as well.
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Old 04-12-2015, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Hickory Hills
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Everyone pretty much gave good info. Theres some good and bad parts of OP and FP. Be cautious of renting in apartment buildings vs. renting a condo. Ive seen a couple shady things closer to the Austin neighborhood area. They both have ups and downs. If you are working in Hillside/Broadview area, Id suggest looking west in Oak Brook Terrace area, but its definitely a bit more pricey.
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:26 AM
 
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Oak Brook Terrace is a tiny enclave of houses and does not have apartment buildings. Oak Park or Forest Park would be good for a new comer. Its very well located and easy to get to the job. If the person wants to move after a while they can venture into the city to live or maybe even further west if the suburbs catch their fancy.
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:33 PM
 
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Oakbrook Terrace does have several areas with rentals but I would not recommend a new college grad living in the area.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:16 PM
 
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Forest Park crime rates are obscured by a few high-crime areas. I lived there and would not be deterred to live there again. The only thing is that the bar scene is mostly older people/couples. If you want to meet someone of the age/gender you are attracted to, then the City of Chicago is a much better option. If you're fine going out and just hanging out with people then Forest Park or Oak Park will be more than enough.
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