(Closed) hey chicago bees! i’m thinking about moving over to your hive:)

posted 9 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception

Lincoln Park is a great neighborhood for young couples, but it can be a little pricey. Awesome location though! Wrigleyville is also amazing! Super fun.

Otherwise, check out Old Town, Lakeview, etc. In Chicago, no place is really that far from downtown, and the further north you go, the more you get for your money. Lincoln Square and Ravenswood are two of my favorite northern neighborhoods.

You could also check out the South Loop, but it’s up and coming, so it can still be a little spicy in some areas. Definitely don’t go further south than that. And don’t go further west than Western. Trust me.

Chicago is an AMAZING city, you’re really going to love it!

Post # 5
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Bucktown is awesome, as well as Wicker Park.  Are you guys looking to rent or buy?  There are free apartment searching companies out there that will drive you around to look at apartments if that is the way you’re going.

Post # 6
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yayyyy! I love this city (though I’m moving today! boo). If you can stand the commute into the city, I would recommend Andersonville or Lincoln Square. They’re both a little further out than, say, Lincoln Park but I think they have so much character–and are super-affordable I lived in the Gold Coast, Old Town, Hyde Park, and Uptown and I wish I would have had a chance to live in Andersonville. It’s one of my favorite places to hang out.

Post # 7
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

i live in south loop and we love it!  it’s close to everything restaurants, nightlife, downtown, shopping, the lake, us cellular field(white sox)…  and not super pricey!

Post # 9
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club

Bucktown/Wicker Park is my favorite area!! We were sad to move out, but it’s reasonable for renters, not so reasonable for home buyers (depending on budget…definitely didn’t fit ours!). But the neighborhood is great – really accessible to downtown, lots of 20-somethings, cool boutiques and restaurants.

Post # 10
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I second everyone on here. The neighborhoods you should narrow down your search to are: Lakeview/Wrigleyville/Ravenswood, Bucktown/Wicker Park, Lincoln Park and the South Loop.

When we first moved to Chicago three years ago, we lived in Wicker Park, and really liked it (lots of restaurants, bars and shopping), but decided we wanted a more residential ‘hood, so we moved to North Center, which is pretty much Lakeview/Ravenswood, and we’re very happy. On the El, my commute downtown to work every day is about 35 mins door to door (I live a block from the El). And it’s very residential with lots of tree-lined sidewalks and such, but also lots of places to eat and things to do (like parks, etc.).

We have friends in the South Loop, and we LOVE it there, but it’s pricey. Lincoln Park is also pretty pricey. It’s safe to say, with any city, the further you are from downtown, the less you’ll spend in rent. Wicker Park is awesome, but it’s definitely an up-and-coming neighborhood with lots of gentrification going on right now, so the rent/housing prices are going up.

Chicago is a great city. The winters suck (there’s no sugar-coating that), but in the summer, it can’t be beat. We go for a run on Lake Michigan every weekend, walk to the doggie parks, take the train downtown for awesome shopping. We never run out of stuff to do. Not to mention all the amazing restaurants!

Post # 11
369 posts
Helper bee

Lincoln Park and Wicker Park are my first choices. If you find something in a place you haven’t been to, make sure you visit to check the area out–you might just end up loving it!

Good luck and I hope you do move to Chicago. It’s a wonderful city with so many opportunities and helpful people.

Post # 12
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I second Lincoln Square /Ravenswood. My favorite area is on Giddings St or Leland Ave, between Damen Ave and Western Ave. Super cute and really good value for how great the comminity is! There are plenty of nice apartments there for rent, but buying a house there is VERY expensive. There are decently priced condos nearby on Lincoln Ave (which is also a wonderful street).

Post # 13
171 posts
Blushing bee

I live in Bucktown, it’s close to public transportation and you don’t have to go far for groceries, restaurants and other stores. Street parking is pretty easy on side streets if you drive.

Sometimes out of town people assume the downtown area is “the” place to be but it’s not that way in Chicago! A lot of people work downtown, especially in the industries you mentioned, but it’s not really where people socialize or shop often.

I found my Chicago apartments on craigslist. I just called around and scheduled visits over one weekend and found my place. The free apartment finder agencies are sometimes pushy and take you outside of the area you are looking. Be careful with them.


Post # 14
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle

Listen to Powderpuff fo’ sho!  Don’t venture west of Western unless you have a death wish.

In my Chicagoan life, I’ve lived in Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, North Center, Andersonville, Uptown, and Lincoln Square.  BY FAR, my faves are Lincoln Square and (at a tight second) Andersonville.  Lincoln Square is super-affordable, safe, right next to public transportation, and bumpin.  There’s so much to do at all times.  I actually live right over a German bar, and I love it.

Just due to parking alone, Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville totally sucked the life out of me.  Don’t move there with a car unless you’ll have a parking spot or rent out a garage spot (think 2 hours of searching for a parking spot on a Friday night. – not worth it IMO)

Post # 16
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have lived in Wrigleyville and Lakeview (actually, the same neighborhood but Wrigley is a sub-neighborhood inside of Lakeview) and love it! We live about a block from the lake and I take our dog down there everyday. I really like being close to the lake, Lake Shore Drive and express busses. We are also very close to the el. I love visiting Wedding Party and Bucktown, but personally do not want to live there because I love being so close to the lake.

Maybe it was just my experience, but when I lived in Wrigley, I never, ever had a problem finding a parking space. I never parked more than a half block from my place. It is all permit parking and anywhere around Grace and Kenmore has a lot of condos and plenty of street parking. I could even find stuff during games and at 11:00 on a Sunday night! I think it was just the area I lived in and got lucky.

You will love it here and public transportation is safe during the day and early evening hours. I sometimes even take it at night with a big group of friends!

Happy house hunting!

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