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Old 09-23-2006, 03:02 PM
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I am looking to move to Chicago and I am unsure of what areas are safe to live in. I am in Orlando Florida now and will be relocating in January. I just recently visited and fell in love with Lincoln Park, but I am trying to avoid purchasing a Lincoln Park priced condo. Plus as much as everyone tells me I don't need a car and I can see that, I love my car and intend on keeping it. So of course I will also need parking and I have a dog (small one).

I have found reasonalbley priced, remodeled condos in the 60624 area near West Garfield Park, does anyone know anything about this area and if this is a safe neighborhood to live in for a single woman?

Any information would be extremely useful. I am so scared of getting myself into something and hating it or being too scared to stay there.

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Old 09-25-2006, 09:44 AM
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You do NOT want to move to West Garfield Park.
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Old 09-25-2006, 10:39 AM
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Wicker Park/Bucktown is the new hotspot, east of Western between Division st and North Ave is where all the hot clubs and restaurants are.

West loop is also popular. Look at places around Jackson to lake st east of ashland.

Parking will be at a premium in any hot neighborhood. So be prepared. City license fees are steep, parking tickets are inevitable, random acts of vandalism are common, street cleaning is once a month, and once it snows your parking spot will become something you will go to war over.

I agree with the previous poster about West Garfield Park. Illegal drug sales close to the expressway have made it a haven for gang activity.
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Old 11-25-2006, 11:15 AM
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I agree, look into Wicker Park, West Loop, and Bucktown
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Old 11-27-2006, 09:52 AM
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Default if you like Lincoln Park

Why not check out Lakeview, Lincoln Square, Graceland West (this is a neighborhood in Lakeview), Ravenswood, and Edgewater (north of Lakeview and east so it's close to the lake).
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:10 PM
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Here's the catch: you're going to pay Lincoln-Park-like prices for a condo in any area as safe and "hip" as Lincoln Park. Most of the places people recommend in this thread are Lincoln-Park-quality neighborhoods, but you're not going to get much of a discount on a condo in those areas over one in Lincoln Park. If you don't want to pay Lincoln Park prices, you might consider living in an outlying neighborhood that isn't quite as hip but still has easy access to the hip areas via public transportation. Examples would be Avondale, Old Irving Park, Portage Park, Mayfair, Jefferson Park, et cetera.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:59 PM
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There are a lot of safe, fun, neighborhoods in Chicago other than Lincoln Park. They, of course, are going to be expensive relative to the less trendy or unsafe neighborhoods, but still cheaper than Lincoln Park. Many newcomers to the city want to move to Lincoln park, balk at the prices and move to Lakeview. Lakeview has most of what people like about LP--nice streets, fun bars and restaurants, access to the lake and transit--but it's quite a bit bigger. Anecdotally, it's the #1 destination for recent college grads. Moving out from Lakeview, there is Ravenswood and Roscoe Village, Andersonville and Lincoln Square.

Going out further in the North side, Albany Park, Avondale, Rogers Park, Irving Park and Uptown have lot to like and are generally safe, but may be a bit quieter and less polished if you are looking for something similar to Lincoln Park.

On the West Side, Wicker Park and Bucktown offer a lot that is similar to Lincoln Park. Not quite as expensive, but still pricey. A lot of people are moving to Ukranian Village and East Village and River West to be close to Bucktown/Wicker Park but pay less rent. These are all good options. Moving Northwest, Logan Square has a lot going for it, but it may be a little adventurous for a single woman, new to the city.

There are lots of other good neighborhoods, but you may only get two out of three of the safety/charm/fun triangle. I'd avoid them until you know the city better.

Good luck!
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by OrdoSeclorum View Post

Good luck!
This thread is over four years old. Why in god's name did you resurrect it?
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:47 PM
Location: Chicago - Ukrainian Village
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Maybe he/she just came out of a coma and is catching up on things.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:57 PM
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Wow. Good question. It showed up on my front page for some reason...
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