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Old 08-31-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL USA
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Also, can anyone recommend a suburb, not too far from the city, that has an actual nice downtown area? Perhaps that would be an option, if we found a place that would allow walking access to the amenities like stores and restaurants, etc. Thanks!
Evanston and Oak Park both have very nice downtowns and are largely walkable places to live. Both have a good mix of housing types (apartments, condos, single-family homes). And both are also only about ten miles from downtown Chicago and are easily accessible to downtown via train.

If price is a big consideration, Forest Park might be a cheaper alternative to nearby Oak Park. It, too, has a nice little downtown and Oak Park's downtown area isn't very far away.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Houston
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There are a pretty good number of empty nesters living in my building and neighborhood - in the theater district and in nearby Lakeshore East. However, if price is what is scaring you off, then this might not be for you. It's sort of in the middle of all the "action", but you'll likely be high up above it so you won't notice and there definietely aren't any wild parties as you would expect in Wrigleyville going on here. In terms of access to public transit, shopping, parks, museums, arts, theaters, and restaurants, however, it's hard to beat being right downtown. Although the Lakeshore East development is slightly isolated in terms of public transit.

I also second looking into Oak Park and Evanston if you are looking at suburbs, and neighboods like Lincoln Square and Edgewater (Andersonville in particular) in the city.

As far as your question about neighborhood names in the South Loop - the South Loop is the name of the neighborhood, unless you count Printer's Row in there as part of it. If you're interested in that area, I'd look at condos between Congress on the N, Clark to the W, and Cermak to the S (although I personally would prefer to stay to N of about 16th or 14th). There is also definitely a different feel noth and south of Roosevelt - north of it is more like the loop and south of it becomes far more residential, especially along Michigan and Indiana.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:51 AM
 
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I would also suggest looking at University Village. University Village, Chicago - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It is very walkable, close to downtown by Metra (one stop from Union Station), bus and blue line, and has UIC campus police protection. As for dining, it's within a couple of miles each way to the West Loop, Greektown, Little Italy, Pilsen (Mexican) and Chinatown.

There are quite a few places for rent as well as for sale.
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: The Land of Lincoln
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The South Loop is really popular with retirees. Museums, shops, grocery stores and the lake are all within walking distance.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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Northwest side is safe and affordable.
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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OK, say we can afford about $300,000, perhaps more, but would love to spend less. Scared off by the words - hugely expensive. Lots of good advice here and we will check it all out for ourselves. Thanks!
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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^There are some new condos on Western just south of Irving Park that I would look into. You might be able to get one for around 300k if you play your cards right.^
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