U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Illinois > Chicago
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 03-16-2011, 12:55 AM
 
3 posts, read 5,347 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

Ive seen lots of posts like this but not one related to my particular situation. I just got a job at a library in Northwestern University, the Chicago Campus. I will be starting this coming summer. I will be moving from a small town in eastern Tennessee. I do not know anything about Chicago. Ever since I got the job Ive been looking a pictures online. It looks like a cool place but Ive never been out side Tennessee so I really would like to know what its like to live in Chicago and how easy is it to adjust to the city.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-16-2011, 01:27 AM
 
3,511 posts, read 4,623,769 times
Reputation: 1793
Well I can tell you this much. Odds are you wont be driving to work. Depending on where you live a car can be a heaven or hell. What sort of area do you want to live in and how much is your rent budget?That way we could give you some recommendations.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Chicago
38,704 posts, read 98,901,299 times
Reputation: 29882
My advice is to do what most people in your position do: move to one of the safe and sanitized north lakeshore neighborhoods -- particularly Lakeview or Lincoln Park -- until you get a better feel for the many nuances of urban living. From there you can gradually fine-tune your preferences and tolerances as you explore other parts of the city, and you can pick your next neighborhood accordingly.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 08:47 AM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
4,620 posts, read 7,719,692 times
Reputation: 6314
Quote:
Originally Posted by grant1800 View Post
Ive seen lots of posts like this but not one related to my particular situation. I just got a job at a library in Northwestern University, the Chicago Campus. I will be starting this coming summer. I will be moving from a small town in eastern Tennessee. I do not know anything about Chicago. Ever since I got the job Ive been looking a pictures online. It looks like a cool place but Ive never been out side Tennessee so I really would like to know what its like to live in Chicago and how easy is it to adjust to the city.
I don't know exactly what NU will be paying you, but based on what salary.com says a higher-ed librarian makes, I'm guessing you'll be making enough that you could probably even find a studio apartment (or sublet condo) within walking distance of Northwestern's downtown campus, which would give you a full, two-feet first plunge into urban life.

If you live in the eastern part of Lakeview between Belmont and Addison, you could easily find a decent-sized one-bedroom in your price range, and then take an express bus from there to Michigan Avenue. Your commute could be 15-20 minutes, which is an excellent commute in Chicago. And Lakeview is a nice neighborhood, close to the Lake, with lots of things to do and see, and be being between Belmont and Addison, you'd be reasonably close to a couple grocery stores.

Another option would be to live in the Ukranian Village, which is due west along Chicago Avenue, so you could take the 66/Chicago Ave bus to work. The Ukranian Village isn't quite as nice as Lakeview, but you'd get a little more space for your money, and it would be quieter. Personally, I'd still recommend Lakeview, but I thought I'd toss out that suggestion.

Another option is to live in the South Loop close to Roosevelt Rd. and take a Michigan Ave bus (or the Red Line) to work. There are some pretty good studio and 1-bedroom deals in the South Loop right now. It's safe, and close to the Lake and Parks and the Museum Campus, as well as close to Chinatown.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Chicago
4,091 posts, read 4,073,126 times
Reputation: 688
Any chance you can come look around and visit before moving?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 10:16 AM
 
14,684 posts, read 16,504,660 times
Reputation: 9056
Quote:
Originally Posted by tonythetuna View Post
Any chance you can come look around and visit before moving?
Seems like a good idea, when moving anywhere.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 01:43 PM
 
3 posts, read 5,347 times
Reputation: 10
I will be coming to the city awhile before the summer semester starts. Ive found some places online I'm going to look at. All are located near Lincoln Park. I'm going to be looking at studio apartments because they are cheaper and I do not want to spend all my salary on rent. I'm not bringing a car because Ive read in guide books that the city is fun to walk around and has good public transportation. I would like to know what the transportation system is like.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
4,091 posts, read 4,073,126 times
Reputation: 688
Quote:
Originally Posted by grant1800 View Post
I would like to know what the transportation system is like.
The trains are really good. Some buses run really frequently and have late hours, others do not.

Lincoln Park has pretty good bus and train service overall for the most part.

It all depends where you are going and at what time.

Quote:
Originally Posted by grant1800 View Post
All are located near Lincoln Park.
The park itself or the neighborhood?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2011, 01:08 AM
 
92 posts, read 188,883 times
Reputation: 37
Frankly its no different from any other midwestern city, just on a larger scale. I landed up at apartment people and signed my lease the same day. Yes, follow the advice of others and stay in Lincoln Park or Lakeview at least the first year and then explore the city and see if any other neighborhood catches your fancy for the following year. Rest assured that Lakeview/Lincoln Park is a safe place for transplants as you would be known as.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Houston
481 posts, read 1,157,728 times
Reputation: 304
I second the notion of coming to look around before you move. If you've never left Tennessee and are particularly from a small town, you're going to be in for a big culture shock. Nothing you won't be able to adjust to though. Just remember basic street smarts (be aware of your surroundings, don't flash money/don't make yourself a target, don't fall for street schemes, and so forth), and you'll do alright; and your street smarts will improve the longer you live here.

Chicago has a decent transit system, it does leave some things to be desired, but it gets the job done. However, you can find any information you might need at the CTA's website, transitchicago.com.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Illinois > Chicago
Similar Threads
View detailed profiles of:

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2023, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top