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Old 05-05-2015, 08:48 AM
 
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Rolling Ghettos. Schaumpton. Hangover Park. Crystal (Meth) Bake... Apparently there's something about the NW suburbs and nicknames.
Forgot about Rolling Ghettos, that's a great one too.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:51 AM
 
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La Grunge - just heard this one recently///
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:27 AM
 
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La Grunge - just heard this one recently///
Also La Strange.
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:42 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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Lol, Skokie has been referred to as Skompton before. Another good one is Skevanston.
I've heard that.

Skompton to make it sound like Compton, because Skokie is getting kinda grungier.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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I lived in Evanston before I met my husband (then we moved to Chicago) and I loved it. We both liked Evanston a lot more than Chicago, actually. I would move there again in a heartbeat if we could find a house we both liked and could afford. The area around the Davis Street metra and L stops is ideal, IMO. You can walk everywhere, there are tons of bars and restaurants and I never felt unsafe.
So, I've managed to sway her opinion towards Evanston. We also both like the proximity of Evanston to Andersonville and the north side. But the lack of single family homes for rent in Evanston (that are a decent price, or not 4-6 bedrooms) is proving to be quite the challenge. Daily checks of Trulia, Craigslist, Zillow, or Domu reveal sparse results. I get the sense that like you said, walking everywhere is totally an option (which seems to be lost in the far suburbs - a deal breaker for me), not only to grocery, but bars, restaurants, etc.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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So, I've managed to sway her opinion towards Evanston. We also both like the proximity of Evanston to Andersonville and the north side. But the lack of single family homes for rent in Evanston (that are a decent price, or not 4-6 bedrooms) is proving to be quite the challenge. Daily checks of Trulia, Craigslist, Zillow, or Domu reveal sparse results. I get the sense that like you said, walking everywhere is totally an option (which seems to be lost in the far suburbs - a deal breaker for me), not only to grocery, but bars, restaurants, etc.
You can definitely have a walking lifestyle in Evanston. But, you are right, it is going to be very tough to find a single family house to rent. There just are not that many of them for rent, period, and those that are are probably going to be bigger. Rents are not cheap in Evanston, in general, unfortunately. What is your budget? Is a single family house all you are considering?
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:46 AM
 
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So, I've managed to sway her opinion towards Evanston. We also both like the proximity of Evanston to Andersonville and the north side. But the lack of single family homes for rent in Evanston (that are a decent price, or not 4-6 bedrooms) is proving to be quite the challenge. Daily checks of Trulia, Craigslist, Zillow, or Domu reveal sparse results. I get the sense that like you said, walking everywhere is totally an option (which seems to be lost in the far suburbs - a deal breaker for me), not only to grocery, but bars, restaurants, etc.
What's a "far suburb?" Nikitakolata found walkability in Elmhurst. I'm out in Wheaton, and we've got walkability too. There are many, many similarly walkable, rail-centric towns in Chicagoland.

Cast a wide net if you want a SFH. Add a few towns to your short list.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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What's a "far suburb?" Nikitakolata found walkability in Elmhurst. I'm out in Wheaton, and we've got walkability too. There are many, many similarly walkable, rail-centric towns in Chicagoland.

Cast a wide net if you want a SFH. Add a few towns to your short list.
This is certainly true. I don't drive unless I want to go to Homegoods (my not so guilty pleasure). For groceries, dining, bars and commuting, I walk. Elmhurst doesn't have as many restaurants as Evanston, but it has enough and various price points to keep my husband and I entertained.

You would have a better shot at finding a single family house to rent in a suburb other than Evanston, especially if you don't have a huge budget.
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Old 05-12-2015, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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You can definitely have a walking lifestyle in Evanston. But, you are right, it is going to be very tough to find a single family house to rent. There just are not that many of them for rent, period, and those that are are probably going to be bigger. Rents are not cheap in Evanston, in general, unfortunately. What is your budget? Is a single family house all you are considering?
Our preference is for a single family house, but we are open to a condo or townhouse (probably more this than a condo) if the layout is right (end unit, top floor, combination of both etc). I think both of us would rule out an apartment, unless it had some really good soundproofing construction (we don't want to live below anyone, or live sandwiched in the middle of a row of townhomes). But the thing we've realized since moving here from Baltimore is that the single family houses that are available (in the areas we like / need to stay close too for work) are few and far between. Those areas are along the north shore, and going into Skokie (my wife's original wish) was stretching that a bit. For budgeting purposes, we can go as high as $2,300 or so per month, but that's the upper limit for our rental budget. 2 bedrooms mandatory, 3 desirable.
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Our preference is for a single family house, but we are open to a condo or townhouse (probably more this than a condo) if the layout is right (end unit, top floor, combination of both etc). I think both of us would rule out an apartment, unless it had some really good soundproofing construction (we don't want to live below anyone, or live sandwiched in the middle of a row of townhomes). But the thing we've realized since moving here from Baltimore is that the single family houses that are available (in the areas we like / need to stay close too for work) are few and far between. Those areas are along the north shore, and going into Skokie (my wife's original wish) was stretching that a bit. For budgeting purposes, we can go as high as $2,300 or so per month, but that's the upper limit for our rental budget. 2 bedrooms mandatory, 3 desirable.
Given your budget, I think you may need to consider other towns that aren't on the north shore. Just for example, this house is in a pretty good location in Elmhurst; it's about half a mile to the train, which I think is definitely walkable. It's walkable to everything in downtown Elmhurst (groceries, hardware store, cleaners, bars, restaurants, shops).

270 North Elm Avenue, Elmhurst, IL | Trulia.com

This house is also in a good location in Elmhurst:

280 North Emroy Avenue, Elmhurst, IL | Trulia.com
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