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Old 03-03-2009, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hi guys and gals,

One of my friends is moving to Chicago and is likely moving to Wicker Park, Bucktown, or the South Loop. I am familiar with the neighborhoods in general, but what are the "boundaries" for the safe ares of these neighborhoods? I know that especially with Bucktown many people advertise Bucktown when it's not.

Thanks!
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I don't really consider anything within Wicker Park or Bucktown's boundaries to be unsafe. If its west of Western, its not Wicker Park or Bucktown, but still may be safe.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:42 PM
 
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I agree with Jdiddy. Personally, I think staying off the ground floor and not having to access your apartment from an alley are bigger safety issues. A short walk to the "L" along busy public well-lit streets helps too.

Now the South Loop is a different story... I've still never seen a satisfactory boundary described for the South Loop. It seems to grow leaps and bounds every year, and you really want to stay away from those projects to the east. North = Better for the most part down there.
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hi guys and gals,

One of my friends is moving to Chicago and is likely moving to Wicker Park, Bucktown, or the South Loop. I am familiar with the neighborhoods in general, but what are the "boundaries" for the safe ares of these neighborhoods? I know that especially with Bucktown many people advertise Bucktown when it's not.

Thanks!
Research needs to be done. There are plenty of low-income government supported newly built (the last 5-10 years) small multi-unit buildings (Bickerdike for example anyone?) in Wicker Park and Bucktown.

There are more than a few on the 2-3 streets east of Western in Wicker Park (closer to Division) and to a lesser degree in Bucktown.

You really do not want to live on the same block or very close to one of those.

http://www.bickerdike.org/Property%2...s&statusFlag=1

"To date, we have produced 1,063 units across 223 sites:

* 145 are owner-occupied single-family homes and two to four flat units for owner occupancy;
* 749 are rental and co-op units, including rehabbed multi-family buildings and new construction townhouses; and
* 169 are cooperative housing units."

http://www.bickerdike.org/Housing%20...p?statusFlag=1
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:19 PM
 
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ha! OK, so if Western is the West edge, what would your north/south/east boundaries be?

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Old 03-03-2009, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Research needs to be done. There are plenty of low-income government supported newly built (the last 5-10 years) small multi-unit buildings in Wicker park and Bucktown.

You really do not want to live on the same block as one of those.

There are more than a few on the 2-3 streets east of Western in Wicker Park and to a lesser degree in Bucktown.
Good to know!

Thanks!
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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On on the edge near Western, on Oakley, and everything here is A - OK. But when I moved back from Houston with $10,000+ stuff of bikes in my minivan, I think thugs had an eye for it and I had to unpack that stuff quick!
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:34 PM
 
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Research needs to be done. There are plenty of low-income government supported newly built (the last 5-10 years) small multi-unit buildings (Bickerdike for example anyone?) in Wicker Park and Bucktown.

There are more than a few on the 2-3 streets east of Western in Wicker Park (closer to Division) and to a lesser degree in Bucktown.

You really do not want to live on the same block or very close to one of those.

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation: Properties

"To date, we have produced 1,063 units across 223 sites:

* 145 are owner-occupied single-family homes and two to four flat units for owner occupancy;
* 749 are rental and co-op units, including rehabbed multi-family buildings and new construction townhouses; and
* 169 are cooperative housing units."

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation: Housing Development
I think this may be what we had in our alley. We lived on Evergreen, but shared an alley with Wolcott--and there were two new-ish (1980s?) low income buildings on the alley that caused BIG TROUBLE for us. This was in the heart of Wicker Park on a block with multi-million dollar homes. I now avoid the so-called "affordable housing" like the plague and have embraced staunchly conservative housing policy. Living in Uptown pushed me over the top!
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:38 PM
 
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South loop???

the Harrison north/Wells West, Michigan East, Roosevelt South corridor is safe. once you past roosevelt though... I'd only go east of State street down to 18thish.
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