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Old 11-16-2006, 12:18 PM
 
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I'm recently widowed and considering moving me and my kids to the city from the suburbs. Reasons being more job opportunities for me(on one income now), closer to family and friends, and a different atomsphere from the cookie cutter suburban family (more single parent networking, etc.).

Is this a bad idea? Can it really be that bad to raise kids in Chicago?
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Where do you currently live and what are your standards of living?

Chicago can be nice, it all depends on the neighborhood and unfortunately your ethnicity in certain areas.
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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It's perfectly fine depending on where you live. Keep in mind though, if schools are an issue ... you may need to go private or magnet school.
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:52 PM
 
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Currently in St. Charles. Since I only work part-time when my husband was living, I will need to find a full-time job, maybe in Administrative work? I'm considering Humboldt Park and West Bucktown, because that is where most of my friends live and more affordable for me. Me and my husband lived in the city until our oldest son turned 5 and then we moved to St. Charles. We have been out there only 3 years when he passed away. Nothing feels right, but when I'm in the city, I just feel more at home for me, but then of course, I want what's best for the kids, too.
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Old 11-16-2006, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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Are schools an issue for you? When I lived in River North in the mid 90's HP was a warzone. I've never heard of West Bucktown. Bucktown, yes.
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:00 PM
 
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Check out Archer Heights on the southwest side. Much more affordable than the northwest side, relatively safe, you can walk to the Orange Line station at Pulaski, as well as local shopping. And there's a large and beautiful new library there.
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:06 PM
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I've never heard of West Bucktown.
Of course you haven't, it doesn't exist, it is real estate speak for Humboldt Park.
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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Of course you haven't, it doesn't exist, it is real estate speak for Humboldt Park.
That figures! I had to go to Humbolt Park once ... oh lord! A postman looked at me and said "what are you doing here". I was filing for unemployment, and unfortunately, that was where I was assigned to go (I live on Clark & Chestnut at the time). I didn't have a car, so I had to take a bus! The postman was nice enough to wait with me for the bus to come.
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Old 11-25-2006, 10:52 AM
 
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Look into Wicker Park and some parts of Lakeview. Also, Forest Park or Oak Park may be an option for you. I would recommend looking at both areas, north of Madison St.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:10 AM
 
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I'm recently widowed and considering moving me and my kids to the city from the suburbs. Reasons being more job opportunities for me(on one income now), closer to family and friends, and a different atomsphere from the cookie cutter suburban family (more single parent networking, etc.).

Is this a bad idea? Can it really be that bad to raise kids in Chicago?
Maybe. Yes. It can be.
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