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Old 07-17-2014, 09:38 PM
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Hey everyone,

Im a recent college grad from the University of Colorado Boulder. Moving to the City in August. I did my first yr of college at Depaul so i have a pretty good network of friends out there and loved the city so much so I've been planing my post college move for a few yrs and its finally here. I have an offer to transfer to the loop chicago location of the restaurant i currently work at and also have a job interview for a PR firm next week, while I'm out there signing my lease. I have been looking at apartments online and did a few virtual tours and I think I'm gonna sign a lease in edge water. I would prefer to live in lincoln park or lake view but the prices in edge water are more affordable. The apartment is very nice on the inside and from what i have been seeing edge water sounds like a nice, diverse, neighborhood for a gay 20 something recent grad. The apartment i place to sign for is on 5820 N Kenmore ave. Can anyone give me some information about that location? I'm kinda concerned about safety but from what i hear i should be fine?
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:50 PM
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Edgewater has never been a real hot spot for violence but frankly given the relative lack of nearby amenities and long haul to the Loop it had better be a signficant discount compared to more fun areas...
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:50 AM
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Edgewater is a safe area. I have a friend who lives on Kenmore right down the street from the location of the apartment. I've visited her several times and like the area. It's right by the lake and Hollywood Beach, also known as the "gay beach". Edgewater is pretty far north, but the red line runs directly to the area... you can get off on the Bryn Mawr stop. I work downtown and live just south of Edgewater in Andersonville... the commute via train really isn't that bad.

I just moved here last fall from Denver. It's been a good change and I'm enjoying the city. I'm also gay, in my late 20s. It's a fun city for a single gay guy and there is a lot of career opportunity in the PR/marketing field, so you'll probably find it to be a good move.

Good luck!
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:06 AM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Welcome to the neighborhood! I think you'll like living up here. There are a lot of gay guys that live in that general area. Plus as others have mentioned you're close to Hollywood Beach, which is the gay beach. There will be a new Whole Foods opening up just a few blocks north of your place. In terms of crime it's not horrible. I would say typical city smarts are in order. Pay attention to your surroundings and you'll be fine.

I've lived in Edgewater for a total of almost 8 years now. I spent 4 up here while in college at Loyola & live with my family here now. It is one of the most diverse areas in the city. Pre-kids my husband & I lived in Lakeview & Lincoln Park, totally different experience up here. Definitely feels more like a real neighborhood. With regards to transit there's a Red Line stop close and depending on where you're going will probably take about 30-45 minutes. I work in the Gold Coast/Mag Mile area so I can also use the 147-Outer Drive Express bus. I typically make it from Glenlake to Pearson in about 20-25 minutes (I don't work traditional office hours either).

Also check out like Sheridan Park. It's the neighborhood just on the north end of Boystown. You can find some really good deals there as well.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:26 AM
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Thanks you guys! I'm so excited to move and hearing from you folks make me even more excited! The job i have an interview for is in Lincoln Park and the restaurant job would be in the loop. Im use to taking public transportation so I don't think that will be a huge issue for me.
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