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Old 12-08-2008, 08:40 PM
 
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I am looking to rent an apartment in this area -- near Marine Dr and Ainslie.

I'd like some feedback on the area itself -- parking, safety, convenience, etc.

I have two kids, and it would only be for a short time this Summer.

Anything I should know before I commit????
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:47 PM
 
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first of all, Ainslie and Marine isn't Lakeview, it's Uptown. and Uptown can be sketchy.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:49 PM
 
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first of all, Ainslie and Marine isn't Lakeview, it's Uptown. and Uptown can be sketchy.
Ah ... good to know. Thanks!

Maybe I should look South of there? Lincoln Park?
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:25 PM
 
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If finances aren't an issue, look in Lakeview (which is south of Uptown; the northern boundary of Lakeview is Irving Park Road) or even Lincoln Park (south of Lakeview). Both Lakeview and Lincoln Park are very kid friendly/safe in my opinion.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:26 PM
 
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Ah ... good to know. Thanks!

Maybe I should look South of there? Lincoln Park?
If you can afford Lincoln Park (which is between Diversey and North near the lake) or Lake View (which is between Irving Park and Diversey near the lake) they are way preferable to Uptown.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:57 PM
 
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If you live in Uptown along the lakefront, stay south of Montrose if you are new to the city. Actually, stay south of Junior Terrace. The Uptown lakefront up through the Imperial Towers is quite nice and very safe--and offers a considerable price discount over Lakeview. If you're new to town, it's often best to just get familiar with a place like Lakeview first, and then branch out.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:16 PM
 
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Sam,

Be careful when you are offered an apt in a specific neighborhood cuz realtors and landlords use gimmicks to rent their apts and they often mix up neighborhoods. For instance, I have seen realtors label part of uptown as andersonville, or old town as gold coast, river north as gold coast, wicker park as bucktown, etc.

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I am looking to rent an apartment in this area -- near Marine Dr and Ainslie.

I'd like some feedback on the area itself -- parking, safety, convenience, etc.

I have two kids, and it would only be for a short time this Summer.

Anything I should know before I commit????
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:42 PM
 
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Sam,

Be careful when you are offered an apt in a specific neighborhood cuz realtors and landlords use gimmicks to rent their apts and they often mix up neighborhoods. For instance, I have seen realtors label part of uptown as andersonville, or old town as gold coast, river north as gold coast, wicker park as bucktown, etc.
Back in 1999, a friend of mine was led by Apartment People to believe that the apartment she was leasing near Montrose and Wolcott was in "Wrigleyville". But at least that area was safe (and mostly Latino at that time).
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:02 AM
 
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Back in 1999, a friend of mine was led by Apartment People to believe that the apartment she was leasing near Montrose and Wolcott was in "Wrigleyville". But at least that area was safe (and mostly Latino at that time).
if you ever look in the Red Eye, there is someone saying that Pensacola Place Apts. are in Wrigleyville.
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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Sam,

Be careful when you are offered an apt in a specific neighborhood cuz realtors and landlords use gimmicks to rent their apts and they often mix up neighborhoods. For instance, I have seen realtors label part of uptown as andersonville, or old town as gold coast, river north as gold coast, wicker park as bucktown, etc.
Yes, it seems like this was the case for me! I think I will bite the bullet and spend a little more in Lincoln Park.
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