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Old 09-26-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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How about Albany Park east of kedzie near the Brown line?
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Chicago - near NW
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I don't think you'll dislike Lakeview, but it is geared for people who don't mind tossing around money, more than other neighborhoods. That doesn't mean you can't find cheap stuff or merely enjoy the high-priced goods from outside of stores like I do. Inexpensive apartments are around but are few in numbers. You might like some of the cheaper neighborhoods to the north, still along the lakefront, that aren't as far as Rogers Park: Buena Park, Uptown, Edgewater.
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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You know, there's tons of students in Lakeview who have even lower incomes than low-income working folks. Hang out with poor graduate students and you'll feel like Warren Buffett in comparison.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Wherever you go, I'd make sure that heat is included in your rent. Oh, and, rental prices tend to drop a bit during the winter months because activity slows down. So that may be something to consider (i.e. you can get a better deal on an apt signing a lease in winter vs in summer).
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:28 PM
 
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I don't think you'll dislike Lakeview, but it is geared for people who don't mind tossing around money, more than other neighborhoods. That doesn't mean you can't find cheap stuff or merely enjoy the high-priced goods from outside of stores like I do. Inexpensive apartments are around but are few in numbers. You might like some of the cheaper neighborhoods to the north, still along the lakefront, that aren't as far as Rogers Park: Buena Park, Uptown, Edgewater.
Strangely, it seems like, on Criagslist at least, there are more places in Lakeview within the $700-800 range than any of the other neighborhoods. I'm definitely willing to look at other areas, but rent in Lakeview really doesn't seem to be that bad, and there do seem to be quite a few studios available.
I totally get the shopping situation though, and we'll have to find away around that if we end up there. Aren't there any cheaper grocery stores like Aldi in Lakeview?
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Strangely, it seems like, on Criagslist at least, there are more places in Lakeview within the $700-800 range than any of the other neighborhoods. I'm definitely willing to look at other areas, but rent in Lakeview really doesn't seem to be that bad, and there do seem to be quite a few studios available.
I totally get the shopping situation though, and we'll have to find away around that if we end up there. Aren't there any cheaper grocery stores like Aldi in Lakeview?
There isn't that much of a difference between studios in Lakeview compared to other neighborhoods. Probably a more noticeable difference in larger apartments. But don't forget studios vary in size. My studio in Lakeview was less than 300 sf, my studio in Lincoln Square where I live now is more like 450 sf and the heat is included, which it wasn't in Lakeview.

I don't think there is an Aldis in Lakeview, though there is a Trader Joe's on Diversey. And if you really like Aldis there is one a few miles up Broadway in Uptown.
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:09 PM
 
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there are plenty of Aldis around the north side. If there are cheaper stores I dont know about them. Hard to find cheaper than aldi. trader joes is not cheaper than aldi. there may be some small independent grocers that have cheap stuff here and there.
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:23 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Trader Joe's may be a touch more expensive- but don't forget they have Two Buck Chuck... it doesn't get any better than that!
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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It won't be too hard to find cheaper groceries. The little ethnic grocers that focus on produce have amazing prices and good product.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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There are studios in Lakeview at that price point for sure, but I've also seen some listed as Lakeview when they're really Uptown, so always be sure to check the neighborhood boundaries!
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