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Old 05-31-2007, 02:35 PM
 
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I'll be working in the loop starting in mid-July and will be looking for apartments this weekend. I was wondering if I could get some advice on prices, safety, and commute to dowtown on the neighborhoods on the North Side. I'm looking for a cheap 1 bedroom apt ($600-700) with a reasonable commute (less than 30 min) on the train in a safe neighborhood. I've gotten some advice from co-workers about:

- Edgewater: Close to lake which is a plus. Seems cheaper from what I've seen online. How long is the commute?

- Lincoln Square: I heard this was cheaper with a good commute on the Brown (?)

- Lincoln Park: Maybe more expensive but sounds like a shorter commute and nice scenery (lake)

- Wicker Park: Also expensive but easy commute.

Any feedback on these neighborhoods or any others with an easy commute and $600-700 1BR apt range would be helpful. Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2007, 02:55 PM
 
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I'll be working in the loop starting in mid-July and will be looking for apartments this weekend. I was wondering if I could get some advice on prices, safety, and commute to dowtown on the neighborhoods on the North Side. I'm looking for a cheap 1 bedroom apt ($600-700) with a reasonable commute (less than 30 min) on the train in a safe neighborhood. I've gotten some advice from co-workers about:

- Edgewater: Close to lake which is a plus. Seems cheaper from what I've seen online. How long is the commute?

- Lincoln Square: I heard this was cheaper with a good commute on the Brown (?)

- Lincoln Park: Maybe more expensive but sounds like a shorter commute and nice scenery (lake)

- Wicker Park: Also expensive but easy commute.

Any feedback on these neighborhoods or any others with an easy commute and $600-700 1BR apt range would be helpful. Thanks!
what part of the loop are you commuting to? the red line is usually the fastest way to get downtown (fewer stops and it goes straight south). but if you're working in the western part of the loop the brown line might be more convenient. also check out the latest on the brown line construction, as some stops have been inaccessible.

i think edgewater is your cheapest option as it's still gentrifying. there are many nursing homes in the area (where mental pts live), so you will encounter edgier types there. but i think it's safe enough. i believe lincoln square is basically already gentrified and is pricier.

lincoln park is as gentrified as it gets, and you'll pay for the amenities and proximity to downtown. wicker park is in the closing stages gentrification and getting more and more expensive. it caters more to the hipster crowd. it's off the blue line.

also, wicker park tends to have pretty small apartments.
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Old 05-31-2007, 03:43 PM
 
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I'll be working in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on S. Wacker. I've been leaning towards Edgewater based on what I've read/

How is the commute from Edgewater to the Loop? I saw something about the Red Line having construction and the trip downtown is over an hour now

Is there a Metra stop near Edgewater?
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH USA / formerly Chicago for 20 years
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Don't know about a Metra stop, but if you live close to Sheridan Road and north of Foster Avenue, the 147 Express bus might be a good alternative to the Red Line. It runs express (no stops) from Foster Avenue to the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue) via the Outer Drive, so the trip should be pretty quick (of course, there might be traffic sometimes, but it's typically not as bad as on other Chicago-area expressways).
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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You can probably really only find that rent in the Edgewater or Lincoln Square neighborhoods (Lincoln Park/Wicker, you are looking at around $1000). There is construction, impacting both the Red and Brown lines right now. Lincoln Square is really nice, but either commute will probably take up at least 1-1.5 hours in the worst of it. You may be able to find a small studio that is more reasonable in terms of commute. Check out craigslist. you can also use an apartment finding service (like homestead group, apartment finders, or apartment people) and they can help
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Old 06-20-2007, 03:38 PM
 
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out of all those choices, definitely go with Edgewater. The rent is not so high and the square footage is decent.
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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Lincoln Park is lame unless you're a college kid and/or like to go to bars.
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Edgewater is lovely and being close to the lake is great, but be forewarned it's far away from basically everything. The 147 bus is good for getting to downtown if you go to work on the early side but the commute ranges wildly with traffic (ie 25 minutes to 1 hour). Door to door it takes me 1 hour to get downtown and I live less than a 2 minute walk from the L.
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Bucktown
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Edgewater is lovely and being close to the lake is great, but be forewarned it's far away from basically everything. The 147 bus is good for getting to downtown if you go to work on the early side but the commute ranges wildly with traffic (ie 25 minutes to 1 hour). Door to door it takes me 1 hour to get downtown and I live less than a 2 minute walk from the L.
you're right, but he/she might have to compromise. It's either you live closer and pay more rent for a smaller space, or live a little further, take more time commuting but having a nicer place to live and a beautiful area.

Tough choices, I know
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:15 PM
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I did a quick search on craiglist and was unable to find a one bedroom apartment for 700 or under in wicker park or east village so I don't know that it will be an option (I don't doubt that if you searched long and hard you'd find one though, I have one and a friend of mine has one as well, they do exist, but are few and far between, and small). I do agree that it seems that apartments in wicker park/east village tend to be a bit smaller than other parts of Chicago I've lived in (seriously, what is up with the 7x9 bedrooms with no closets, this is the second one I've had). That being said, I really like this area of the city better than most any area I've lived in up until now, even if I have to squeeze myself into a 7x9 bedroom.

Edgewater will probably be your best bet for the price. Lincoln Park is even more expensive and Lincoln Square is pretty expensive too. You might consider Ravenswood, if you get a place within walking distance of the Lawrence Metra stop, you'll have a very quick commute to the LOOP, I used to do that when I lived up there, it was great (but if you ride the 'el' it won't be that quick).
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