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Old 04-10-2007, 07:31 PM
Location: New Orleans, LA
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What is Portage Park like? Specifically W. Hutchinson St. at Montrose and Cicero?
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:53 PM
Location: Chicago
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Unless you're right on Cicero itself, it's pretty quiet up there. Pretty evenly split between white and Hispanic in that specific area. Not a gentrified or "nightlife" area. Pretty safe as urban neighborhoods go. In the last full year for which data is available, there were two murders in the entire 16th police district, which stretches from Cicero Avenue all the way to O'Hare Airport. And neither of them were near the intersection you specify. Robberies seem pretty sporadic in the area, occurring particularly along Milwaukee Avenue and points west. Not much in that immediate area. Relatively low-density area by North side standards -- mostly single-family homes and two- or three-flats, with maybe a building as big as 8 units here and there. Convenient access to a major grocery store about a mile away and a decent-sized mall about another two miles away. Convenient access to the Montrose stop on the Blue Line; one stop north of there (Jefferson Park) hooks you up with nearly a dozen bus lines that can take you to numerous parts of the city. Not a bad place to live as long as you don't need to have nightlife at your fingertips. I live close to the Portage Park neighborhood, and when I need to get to a nightlife spot, public transportation will get me there quickly and easily. My neighborhood has essentially the same character as Portage Park -- if it weren't for the banners you wouldn't know where Portage Park stops and my neighborhood starts -- and I like it here. I do sometimes wish the area had more entertainment options, but I've found the trade-off is worth it to have more peace and quiet, more of a true "neighborhood" feel where neighbors actually know and talk to each other, and cheaper rent, especially since so many of the city's top nightlife spots are a short bus or train ride away.

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