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Old 06-12-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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Hello,
I am relocating to Chicago next month. I will be working in the suburbs (deerfield). I am looking to rent a studio apartment for $800 maximum. Could you please recommend me some good places to live?

My priorities are:
1. Safe for female to live on her own
2. Relatively practical for commuting to work either by metra or by car
3. Can walk to restaurants/bars

Also, my work is on metra Miluwakee north line. Could you recommend me some places that I can live without needing to buy a car (i.e. able to go to work, buy groceries, go to city using metra). I can buy a car if that is what is necessary/practical in Chicago.

Thank you.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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Really? The office in Deerfield is acccessible from the Milwauke North Line? The employer runs a shuttle? That does make for some betterr transit options. I would check the site to be sure -- TMA - Shuttle Routes I think the Western Ave station shaves off a fifteen minutes compared to heading to Union Station. Probably a decent spot for a commute to/from Ukranian Village...
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Uptown
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With a job that far in the suburbs, living in the suburbs makes most sense...800 is tight as it is without a huge gas budget...unless the employer does run a shuttle (of course they don't). If you must live in the city, look around Mayfair, Jefferson Park, etc.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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There are a fair number of employers that ARE supporting a shuttle service that runs on Lake-Cook Rd to/from the Metra station. The link I posted shows that -- it is a good option, and probably keeps a commute right around an hour. It would be faster to drive from a close to Deerfield 'burb, but the trade off in nightlife is huge.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply. Yes, the employer runs shuttle from lake cook station. Alternatively, if I buy a car what are my options in terms of good places to live
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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Driving would pretty much be a horror show unless you live in a nearby burb -- and towns like Northbrook and Deerfield have nearly no nightlife that is not oriented toward couples / families...

If you do want a quiet place to drive home to though...
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Is your work within walking distance of the Milwaukee North line? How long of a drive/ride are you willing to put up with? If you really want to live in the city, I would suggest somewhere like Ravenswood/Lincoln Square or Irving Park maybe...maybe Mayfair, but I don't know a lot about the area. Thing is that if you lived in somewhere like Ravenswood/Lincoln Square, then you' have to take a bus or two over to the Metra station in Mayfair. You should be able to easily get a studio for $800 in those areas..you could get a 1 bedroom with a roommate for less than that in those areas. Bus rides to the station would take probably 25 minutes, and the ride to Deerfield on the Metra is just over 30 minutes..

Driving there yourself would be a nightmare unless you left early and stayed late at work.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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With a job that far in the suburbs, living in the suburbs makes most sense
Not for people who hate the suburbs. My (reverse) commute is longer than that, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

I agree with Chet that Ukrainian Village would be a good spot for a metra commute to Deerfield. It's safe and would have something in your budget. Unfortunately, it's not a great spot for using the el to get around the rest of the city without a car. You could use buses, though.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Not for people who hate the suburbs. My (reverse) commute is longer than that, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

I agree with Chet that Ukrainian Village would be a good spot for a metra commute to Deerfield. It's safe and would have something in your budget. Unfortunately, it's not a great spot for using the el to get around the rest of the city without a car. You could use buses, though.
Actually yeah that's better than my suggestions. Take the 49 bus down from Western and Augusta
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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Is Ukranian village safe? Also, are there restaurants/cafes that I can walk to or take the metra too...or would it be necessary to buy a car?
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