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Old 07-26-2009, 07:48 AM
 
Location: charlotte north carolina
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Hi everyone, this is my first post. I'm hoping to get feedback from local Chicago residents.

My situation is a bit unique (I think)

I have two young sons and am considering raising them in Chicago. We currently live in Charlotte North Carolina which is a nice place but I have visited Chicago many times and think it has so much more to offer. I am hoping to find a neighborhood or suburb that is culturally diverse and not too expensive. I will be changing careers, possibly doing back to school. So affordability is a big question mark right now.

The unique part is that my sons are african american and I am white. I am also a single parent ( at the moment ).

Do you feel that people of different cultures and ethnicities inter-mingle in Chicago or do they typically keep to themselves and associate with people in their own groups?

If you have any suggestions on neighborhoods or suburbs that would be more accepting of my family. I would appreciate any and all feedback.

Thank you.
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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Hi everyone, this is my first post. I'm hoping to get feedback from local Chicago residents.

My situation is a bit unique (I think)

I have two young sons and am considering raising them in Chicago. We currently live in Charlotte North Carolina which is a nice place but I have visited Chicago many times and think it has so much more to offer. I am hoping to find a neighborhood or suburb that is culturally diverse and not too expensive. I will be changing careers, possibly doing back to school. So affordability is a big question mark right now.

The unique part is that my sons are african american and I am white. I am also a single parent ( at the moment ).

Do you feel that people of different cultures and ethnicities inter-mingle in Chicago or do they typically keep to themselves and associate with people in their own groups?

If you have any suggestions on neighborhoods or suburbs that would be more accepting of my family. I would appreciate any and all feedback.

Thank you.
How old are your kids?
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: charlotte north carolina
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My kids are 6 and 7.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:34 AM
 
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OP: I saw your post and although I cant tell you anything about Chicago, if you are still pursuing options for cities and if you can stand the weather - Minneapolis is a city you should research and consider. Its affordable, great schools, good choices in housing, excellent options for higher education and a large portion of the cities are mixed families - I think you would be suprised at the amount and how much you would fit in.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:34 AM
 
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I would suggest Oak Park. It's a diverse suburb with a public school system which is much better than Chicago's. Oak Park is also on the "el" line which makes public transit easier.
Some may consider Oak Park too expensive, however, you can find bargains in apartments if you look around.

There should be no problem "inter-mingling" (to answer your question). Very common.

Good luck to you
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:38 AM
 
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The unique part is that my sons are african american and I am white. I am also a single parent ( at the moment ).
Did you adopt or are your sons bi-racial??
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How much are you willing to spend?
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: charlotte north carolina
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My sons are adopted. It's hard to say how much i'm willing to spend. It depends on how much money i'm making. Right now in charlotte, I pay 850 a month. I am thinking between 900-1000 for a two bedroom. Am I dreaming? Can I find that in Oak Park? I have been in that area and actually taken the L downtown. Very nice. I was told to be careful because there are less safe areas very close to Oak Park. I'm coming up in September for a scouting trip. Any suggestions on the safer borders of Oak Park.
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: charlotte north carolina
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Thank you for the suggestion. One of the reasons I love Chicago is it's on Lake Michigan. (I love the great lakes). How far is Minneapolis from a great lake. I will probably look it up but was just asking. I think Duluth MN is on or close to a lake...
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:06 PM
 
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Did you adopt or are your sons bi-racial??
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How much are you willing to spend?
Asking questions like these is a social nono. Aside from being hideously tacky, you should know better than to do this.

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OP: I saw your post and although I cant tell you anything about Chicago, if you are still pursuing options for cities and if you can stand the weather - Minneapolis is a city you should research and consider. Its affordable, great schools, good choices in housing, excellent options for higher education and a large portion of the cities are mixed families - I think you would be suprised at the amount and how much you would fit in.
She didn't ask about Minneapolis. No one wants to know about Minneapolis. Keep that godforsaken city out of this discussion.
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:17 PM
 
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Asking questions like these is a social nono. Aside from being hideously tacky, you should know better than to do this.
There was nothing malicious about my question, she didn't have a problem with it- like she said "her" situation was unique so I wanted to inquire about it more, so you can go somewhere else with that rhetoric

to the OP I wasn't trying to be offensive, but like another poster suggested Oak Park or even Hyde Park would be good nieghborhoods for your situation
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