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Old 02-21-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I would also charchterize the Northwest and Southwest sides as being somewhat distinct from the other three sides of the city. Both the Northwest and Southwest sides tend to be middle class areas, while most of the North side is wealthy and most of the West side in between is poor. Likewise, crime rates on the Northwest and Southwest sides are lower than the West side, but higher than the North side in general. However, I should note that the safest neighborhoods in the city are on the far Northwest sides (Norwood Park/ Eddison Park). As far as transportation, I think it is easier to get around without a car (via taxi/ public transportation) on the North side, but easier to drive places on the South side, where there tends to be less traffic.

However, everything on the list is very neighborhood dependent. No matter what side of the city you are on, it generally gets less dense as you move outward from downtown.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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the safest neighborhoods in the city are on the far Northwest sides (Norwood Park/ Eddison Park).
The far southwest neighborhoods are, I would guess, similarly low, as the homes are owned - overwhelmingly - by chicago law enforcement and fire fighters.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I wonder if the OP understands there are a 1000 neighborhoods in Chicago and he is asking questions on about half of them?
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I wonder if the OP understands there are a 1000 neighborhoods in Chicago and he is asking questions on about half of them?
I thought Chicao only had around 77 neighborhoods?
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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North side= good
NW side= good
West side= total crap hole
SW side= so so
South side= crap hole but not as crappy as west side
SE side= crappy but less crappy than the south side or west side (heavy industry and bad air in the summer)
NE side= Very wet!
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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I thought Chicao only had around 77 neighborhoods?
Those are community areas. Very different. Of course, I have no idea if the 1000 neighborhood thing is right.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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^Wikipedia says more than 200 (or less -- they have Lake View listed twice, I see). It might be a bit higher than that, but 1,000 is certainly a stretch.

Neighborhoods in Chicago - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I think the OP was just asking a general question about how to think of parts of the city. Although there are over 1,000 neighborhoods and 77 community areas, some people like to have it simplified even more depending on their purposes. So, it would help to say something general like "The north side is the richest, the NW and SW sides tend to be more middle class, mostly safe, the west side is the worst overall, and the south side has some really bad areas too, but also some areas that are not as bad." Kind of a simple two line summary of the cityscape for someone new to or visiting the city.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Englewood
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Traditionally, how do the 3 sides compare in terms
of condominium prices, shopping, transportation,
safety, crime, gangs and also in the overall appearance of each area?

For example, which of the sides is more wooded
with parks and trees?
Which of the sides are more industrial and commercial?

I already know what the "Loop" area is like.

I am aware that Chicago has some significant segregation issues.
How would each side compare in
terms of whites, blacks, hispanic, asians?

I am a minority so this is not a racist question.
Which areas have the largest "Gay" populations?

Which side used to be the most desirable say 10 years
ago and which side would be considered the most in
demand at this time?

Obviously, I am from out of town and only have a
limited knowledge of the Chicago metro area.
Thank You!!!

right. north,south,and west with no eastside and a little sugar in its tank. yep. theres your answer..
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