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Old 03-18-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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I currently stay in suburbs and commute by metra to downtown. Needless to say, the commute is long. I work at Northwestern- chicago campus. I am looking for a safe neighborhood in or near downtown from where I can commute to work either by train or drive. What are safe areas of downtown to find apartments? I also need parking space and don't mind if its little far from downtown.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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Suggestions on neighborhoods to live in close to Northwestern?

Depends on a few things.... your budget, desired commute time, whether you want to pay for parking at Northwestern too, and what you mean by "downtown"...

If you actually want to be "downtown" which to me means in the loop and near surrounds.... well, as discussed try looking right nearby in walking distance in Streeterville or even just North in Gold Coast. Straight West in River North or to Ukranian Village is good but you would take a bus to get to work or drive. If you want to go North (train, bus or drive), there are many options but I would hesitate to list until you clarify your budget, what you mean by "downtown", and what sort of commute time you want.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:58 PM
 
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Thanks for your reply. Since I recently moved to Illinois from Missouri and have always commuted from NW suburb , I don't know much about downtown. My budget is about 1200 for a 2 bedroom apt. Most of the people I know live in presidential tower, but I know parking is very expensive there. I can get a parking pass for Northwestern, which isn't very expensive. My priorities for apartment are -
1. Safe neighborhood
2. Parking space
3. Be close to the city - like restaurants, shops etc.
Your advice is appreciated
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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Thanks for your reply. Since I recently moved to Illinois from Missouri and have always commuted from NW suburb , I don't know much about downtown. My budget is about 1200 for a 2 bedroom apt. Most of the people I know live in presidential tower, but I know parking is very expensive there. I can get a parking pass for Northwestern, which isn't very expensive. My priorities for apartment are -
1. Safe neighborhood
2. Parking space
3. Be close to the city - like restaurants, shops etc.
Your advice is appreciated

That's helpful. Thanks.

I'm sensing that you may not be that city-savvy, or comfortable living right downtown. Also, $1200 wont get you 2 bedroom right downtown either (ie. in walking distance) anyway - it is hard to find a 1 bedroom that price downtown (especially with parking). So I suspect you want to go North. I will let others describe those neighborhoods.

If you are commuting during typical rush hours, then driving is not fun going North, but do-able. But if you are working long hospital hours off rush hour, driving is ok. Most people try to find something along the red line subway, or along one of the bus routes. For example, Lincoln Park and Lakeview and further North. The further North, the longer commute but the cheaper price. Finding a 2 bedroom with convenient parking is sometimes a challenge so be sure to carefully review parking options.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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$1200 for a 2 bedroom and safe is going to be tough. The only thing that I can think of possibly Edgewater which has the 147 bus that expresses down to the Magnificent Mile. Parking is cheaper there also. Other than this, I think it is going to be very tough. 1 bedrooms are easier to come by in Lakeview along the lake. Still, parking will probably be extra - maybe $150/month. South Loop is out of your dollar range.
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