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Old 05-14-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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Hi everyone. I am planning on relocating to Chicago when I'm done with school here in Michigan. I have friends and family in the city and have visited many times. But I still don't feel 100% comfortable in terms of my 'neighborhood knowledge' lol. Here's the deal- I will only be able to spend a maximum of $750-800 on rent. And I'd really like to stay under that if possible when I'm getting set up. I like Lincoln Park but know that in my price range it's probably too expensive for me. Could anyone tell me of a place that is comparable but a little more affordable? I won't be bringing a car so I need something very close to the transit lines. Any help you guys could give me is greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Logan Square
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For what it's worth, when we moved here in 2006, we found a place in West town north of Humboldt Park and just west of California (I thought it WAS Humboldt Park but people here have informed me otherwise) for $800 and it was huge. The only problem is your best bet for transportation is the bus. Personally, I prefer the bus to the trains but I know a lot of people who don't.

One word of caution: if you look in that area, do not rent from M Fishman properties. They are a crappy management company and they will rob you with all kinds of hidden charges and unforeseen fees when your lease is up
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Uptown
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I'm sure you can find a studio on Lincoln Park for under 800.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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I'm sure you can find a studio on Lincoln Park for under 800.
That is good to know. I was living in NYC so I can't believe prices could be so low in a prime location. I am super excited about moving there and cannot wait!!!
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: California
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Yea, I knew someone who had a studio around Linlcoln park (and less than a mile from the lake) for about $500 a month.

Just gotta look.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Logan Square
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just watch out for the iphone killer!
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I just moved to Chicago last month and am currently living in Lakeview East (Boystown). I LOVE it so far! Walking distance to the grocery store, the lake, bars in Wrigleyville, etc. Plus so far I feel it's a very safe neighborhood. I'm a 25 yr old female so safety was an important factor for me.

If you do end up going with the Lincoln Park or Lakeview area, I recommend contacting Julie from Chicago Apartment Hunters. I worked with her to find a place when I moved and she was super helpful. I moved from Milwaukee and came down twice to look for places and both times she had 5 - 6 apartments lined up and drove me around. I never felt pressured into any apartment she showed me and had an overall fantastic experience with her. Plus - their services are FREE. Good luck with your search!
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: The woods of the Raven
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just watch out for the iphone killer!

Not funny.
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Logan Square
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Not funny.
I will take that under advisement from the guy who gets repeatedly banned but re-registers just to insult people. Is trolling this forum your way of self-esteem building?

It's hard not to think you're fighting some kind of Internet turf war from behind your computer and successive user names

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Old 05-15-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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That is good to know. I was living in NYC so I can't believe prices could be so low in a prime location. I am super excited about moving there and cannot wait!!!

Good to hear about your move- I would ask your friends and look into areas near them.

Studio apartment would be the best way to go unless you want to share a space with a roomie

You will be an asset to the chicago area - i wish you all the best


Once you know where you will work I always encourage people to check out what the transportation will be like and do some mock runs
as the commute can be the worst part of your work day.

have you considered moving to a close burb? sounds like you have your mind set on the city but was just curious
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