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Old 04-09-2007, 11:16 PM
 
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I'm coming up there again on Friday the 20th, staying for the weekend.

Will do, and will send him your instructions! Thanks much.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:16 PM
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Or you could take the Blue or Brown line out further northwest. There are plenty of options for you. I know that it is common for new transplants to move to the lakeview or lincoln park, but it is not necessary (and it is quite expensive). I have happily lived in Chicago for over 11 years and have not lived in that area. It is a fine area with lots going on, don't get me wrong, but I think you get more for your money in other parts of the city (quite frankly, I could picture a couple in their mid-thirties with dogs being very happy in Lincoln Square, a wonderful neighborhood on the northwest side I'd advise you to check out). Lakeview has always had a bit of a frat-boy type feel to me.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:20 PM
 
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j33-luckily, I am not hung up on "must live in really cool yuppie area". Yes, that would be nice but we don't want to blow a large percentage of our income on rent just to be "cool". We don't get out much anyway! Once we are done with work for the week, chilling at home is the best way to relax.

That said, growing up in Texas and always living a "suburban" lifestyle, even when I have lived in a major city (such as now in Austin), it would be really cool to not HAVE to drive everywhere.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:22 PM
 
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http://www.transitchicago.com/downloads/brochures/sysmapbro2007.pdf (broken link)

Is a train/bus map of Chicago. I am going to pitch the northside. Look at 151, and follow that north of Fullerton or Diversey. You can go as far north as Irving Park, but nothing more than that because a bus ride would REALLY suck.

Page 3 has the detailed map. Take a deep breath. I know it's confusing to read, but try.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:24 PM
 
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Crap! I can't post hyperlinks on this board.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:24 PM
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Areas like Lincoln Square would not require you to drive everywhere, the 'el' and a 24 hour bus goes right through the neighborhood, and there are loads of options within walking distance (and a couple of really nice German bars). Jefferson Park is a bit more quiet, but still a short walk to the 'el' that will take you to wherever you want to go (recently with a bit more delays, but it is still pretty reliable, despite how much we kvetch about it locally).
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:27 PM
 
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I had pretty much gathered that I should try to stay North/Northwest...I will probably wind up either downtown or in a Northwest suburb, from what I can tell from the kinds of jobs I am looking for.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:28 PM
 
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j33-I have read SUCH bad things about the CTA. I am glad to hear it's not as bad as it sounds (I hope).

The idea of taking public transit is something I am going to have to get used to. It's just foreign.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:31 PM
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Lets clear up some confusion. All the places that I'm referencing are in Chicago proper as are all the places that chitown is, just in different parts of the city. I've not lived in the burbs since 1991, so I'm not of much use there. When people who live in Chicago say 'downtown' usually we are referring to a small section of Chicago where the skyscrapers are and most business are. Downtown and Chicago are two separate things. I live 3 miles from 'downtown', but I live in Chicago proper (those who live in the burbs would consider where I live 'downtown', the word 'downtown' has a local usage that sometimes people forget to explain and I thought I should, least there there be some confusion).
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:34 PM
 
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Thank you for the clarification...I had fairly well gathered that, but you can't be too clear with me. I know next to nothing about Chicago.
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