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Old 08-23-2013, 11:57 PM
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Is there anyone familiar with the area?
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:13 AM
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It depends what you mean by nice.. I know people that love Rogers Park close to Jarvis as an example (it is too far) and other that would never live there..

Usually for new residents, not knowing each block groups of Evanston, which can very greatly, I recommend staying north of Oakton/ and East of Ridge, or even better East of Chicago (but it gets pricier).
If going north, try to stay away from the high school area. (emerson/dodge I think). You can always make your mind up on your own once you know the city.

Howard/oakton area is not especially nice. The first time we visited apartments in Evanston, which was recommend to us by several people, we arrived through Howard and only had found super cheap places around Howard and oakton. It did not feel safe or nice to us..
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:36 AM
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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How are some of the places on Oakton itself? Are the buildings within a block of St. Francis Hospital still OK? I grew up near Austin and Custer and the neighborhood was starting to deteriorate already in the 70's. But you still had some nice places closer to the hospital even in the late 80's when my parents sold their building and I stopped visiting the area regularly. The area east of Custer and south of the Skokie Swift (Yellow Line) was kinda bad in the late 60's already.
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