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Old 07-18-2010, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Palm Desert, CA
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So me and my girlfriend have been talking about moving out of the brutally boring southern California desert. Im originally from Boston and shes never lived outside of Cali. We've been discussing where to go to after our lease is up here (April 2011) and one of the few cities we agree on is Chicago. What were trying to figure out now if there's any neighborhoods that would fit our personalities. Were both in our early 20's (23 and 20) and we'd like to move somewhere relatively young and fun, but more importantly we need to be able to afford the apartment. A studio or one bedroom would do fine and the range of 600 - 800 would be perfect. Also anything close public transit would be crucial. Thanks for the help guys.. if this is too broad let me know and i will help narrow it.
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:56 PM
 
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Along the Blue Line CTA train, the first apartment starting in Wicker Park or if not Bucktown. Look on craigslist chicago; not sure how rents are going.

Boston and Cali are not ready for our weather, be warned.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Along the Blue Line CTA train, the first apartment starting in Wicker Park or if not Bucktown. Look on craigslist chicago; not sure how rents are going.

Boston and Cali are not ready for our weather, be warned.
Boston and Chicago weather are remarkably similar. The average monthly high and lows for the two cities are within 2-3 degrees for every month.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:58 PM
 
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We don't live in the averages do we, but on the days we are actually given. I have lived years in both places. Chicago winter is much more extreme. When you have done so, get back to me.

On neighborhoods, also Lincoln Park and Lakeview.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Chicago has many neighborhoods that will have what you're looking for, which are pretty much on the north side of the city. Your ideal neighborhoods here would be Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and Wicker Park/Bucktown (your personality will dictate which one you would prefer). Unfortunately they will be out of your price range. The good news is that they are located on transit lines and connected to cheaper alternatives. Look into Edgewater or Logan Square for a better deal. Neighborhoods off of the Blue Line train tend to be more artsy and hipsterish.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:43 AM
 
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If the OP and his gf don't mind a smaller and/or older place $800 is not impossible in even hipsters areas...
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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We don't live in the averages do we, but on the days we are actually given. I have lived years in both places. Chicago winter is much more extreme. When you have done so, get back to me.

On neighborhoods, also Lincoln Park and Lakeview.
Having lived in both cities, In my experience the winters are very similar, except Boston gets a bit more snow and the Chicago cold extremes are a tad bit colder. To me the differences were negligible.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:02 AM
 
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We don't live in the averages do we, but on the days we are actually given. I have lived years in both places. Chicago winter is much more extreme. When you have done so, get back to me.

On neighborhoods, also Lincoln Park and Lakeview.
No need to "get back to you"; some of us know better...
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Palm Desert, CA
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Thanks guys. And i love the cold so it sounds great lol.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:43 PM
 
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You could find a pretty decent place in Logan Square for your budget and it's the next up and coming neighborhood..kind of shady still in some parts though.
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