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Old 04-24-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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Hey

I'm coming to Chicago from Europe this summer and I don't know anything about this city In need of your help

I'll be working in downtown and I've found an apartment in Prairie Shore district. What are your thoughts. experiences with this area? Is it safe? Are there any things to do?

I'll be living at S Prairie Ave.


Thank you for your answers!!!
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Old 04-24-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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Things to do? Not really.
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Old 04-24-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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I thought so But the most important thing - safety. Is it safe? O I just should run to get a bus or metro
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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If you're looking for a lively neighborhood with bars, shops, cafes and the like, this definitely isn't it.
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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I think it's pretty safe. You can probably catch the Michigan Avenue or Red Line bus into downtown. You won't be far from the museums either. Just use your judgment, anything can happen in a large city in terms of safety.
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:29 PM
 
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Default I think relative defintiont of "safety" needs to be clarified...

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I think it's pretty safe. You can probably catch the Michigan Avenue or Red Line bus into downtown. You won't be far from the museums either. Just use your judgment, anything can happen in a large city in terms of safety.

The location of the Praire Shores Apartments are at 28th and King Drive, while this is NOT the most dangerous part of Chicago in terms of shear number of violent crimes it is also DEFINITELY NOT ON THE normal path recommended to ANY visitors to Chicago. It a 'neighborhood' that is rather barren and populated very much by those of African American background to the extent that most folks from traditional European backgrounds would very much look out of place / lost and very well could become targets of theft / violence.

It would be much safer to stick to a neighborhood with: a) higher percentage of out of town visitors b) greater odds of looking like a local
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Old 04-26-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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I was down around there a few months back driving, it didn't look too bad. Though, of course I'm a local and not coming from another country. Follow Chet on this one.
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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I live north of the area; PS looks more like a dorm for IIT than anything. I would be more concerned about the quality of the apartments:-(
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:50 PM
 
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It's not bad over there. Lots of hospitals & medical centers in that area; and it's mostly hospital workers and IIT people who live in Prarie Shores. That general area seems pretty safe and diverse. The apartments themselves are decent, but very small and not fancy. I've only seen studio apartments in there though, so...
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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That is NOT the "Illinois Medical District". It is not anywhere the offical district: Illinois Medical District Facts & Figures

The closest hospital to that area is Micheal Reese, which is poor financial condition and was part of the Mayor's planned "Olympic Village" that is now dead. Olympic Village site in limbo :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Olympics (http://www.suntimes.com/sports/olympics/1181598,CST-NWS-Oly24.article - broken link)

I know many folks that work at IIT and the other nearby colleges / research facilities and Praire Shores is NOT looked at favorably.
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