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Old 02-22-2010, 05:21 AM
 
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Hey everyone. So I am a female moving to the Chicago area to attend grad school in North Chicago. However, I plan to take the Union Pacific North Metra (The commute really doesn't bother me seeing that I can study both ways). I want to live somewhere from Bucktown to Evanston and obviously walking distance to one of the Metra Stations. Walking alone and female, I want to live in the safest area of the six Metra stations I have in mind: Clybourn, Ravenswood, Rogers Park, Evanston Main Street, Evanston Davis, Evanston Central. Any advice? If I live close to the Metra - will it be noisy? Thank you all so much for your help in advance!
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:44 PM
 
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Evanston Central is probably the safest of the stops that you listed. I wouldn't expect a lot of train noise unless you are literally abutting the tracks.
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Old 03-13-2010, 09:22 PM
 
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I want to live somewhere from Bucktown to Evanston and obviously walking distance to one of the Metra Stations. Walking alone and female, I want to live in the safest area of the six Metra stations I have in mind: Clybourn, Ravenswood, Rogers Park, Evanston Main Street, Evanston Davis, Evanston Central. Any advice?
I made the same basic decision as you a few years ago, as I work part time at Rosalind Franklin University, part time at the University of Chicago, Northwestern, etc. I was living in the West Loop near UIC but moved to Evanston very near the Davis Metra/Purple Line stop. Getting to Hyde Park is now a longer commute, but I've shaved an hour from the trek up to North Chicago. I looked at an apartment on Central Street in Evanston across from the stadium, but the area around there is...boring. Nothing to do, nowhere to go, and the train stations for each of the train lines (Metra and CTA) were about a mile apart, so I was envisioning myself having to slog through the snow a half mile in either direction to reach one of them. The two train lines converge both at the Davis station and the Main Street stations, so jumping on the Purple Line Express CTA into Chicago is just as fast and easy to get to as the Metra Union Pacific north or south. (Metra into Chicago is faster, but has less frequent service, usually hourly, so I use both trains regularly into the city). Davis has the added benefit of most of the bus lines in Evanston converging at that station, plus it's downtown Evanston with zillions of restaurants, coffee shops, book stores, the library, Northwestern's campus, shopping, the movie theatre, etc., etc. Main Street is ok, but doesn't have the bus lines of Davis or quite the variety of things to do.
Other than Evanston, you could live near the Ravenswood (Lawrence Avenue) Metra station, which seems safe enough (though a mile or so east of there is Uptown, not such a nice area at night, you'd want to live west of the train or near the station). Rogers Park, near the Metra, strikes me as a little sketchy. An apartment further up the tracks, say in Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe or Highland Park would be safe enough, but again kind of boring. Good luck!
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:26 AM
 
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Recommend living by the Ravenswood stop. Safe and close to great restaurants and bars in Lincoln Square, North Center and Andersonville. Plus, easy brown line access will get you downtown shopping, etc. It's much harder to do that from the suburbs. Pretty streets in that 'hood too.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:46 PM
 
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i live in ravenswood and commute by metra. Anything west of Ashland is completely safe. I'm at Ainslie and Hermitage, which is a very short walk to both the Metra and Andersonville - and a long walk or short bus ride to the heart of Lincoln Square. two apartment buildings at this intersection renting for under $1000 per month.
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