Post # 1
My fiance just got a job for a company in Chicago- so it looks like we’ll be moving there in the begining of March. Trying to decide where to live is so overwhelming! His company is on West Diversey east of 90. We would be looking for a 1 or 2 bedroom with rent no more than $1200. The only people I know in the city live in Andersonville. I like that area, but want more opinions.
So- where should we live?
Post # 3
Look at Roscoe Village and East Lakeview. I live in Ravenswood smack dab between Andersonville and Lincoln Square and I love the area, but it might be a little far north/inconvenient if your FI is going to use public transportation to get to work.
Welcome to Chicago! I love it. I would think about trying to find places along the Brown line for convenience in getting around while still having lots of parking options. If you are near the Red line it’s really congested.
I used to live in Logan Square off the Blue line which might make sense for you but I wasn’t a big fan of the neighborhood. I felt isolated and ended up relying a lot more on my car to get around. That said, it might work based on where he is working. I would look further east, though.
Post # 4
Do you have a specific area yet where you’ll be working, going to school, etc.? (In case you need to find something convenient for both?) I’m in the burbs now but still know the city enough to help.
Post # 5
I used to live in the ‘burbs and hated it. Stay in the city although I don’t have any neighborhood suggestions:(
Post # 6
It depend what’s important to you. Near restaurants and shopping or do you want to be close to downtown nightlife? Is parking important to you? Do you want young urban hipsters, college kids or families as your neighbors? If you are planning to take public transportation (the el)– make sure you consider that it in your home search.
If you want a mix of families and young employed people (not students), restaurants, bars, and boutiques, and the ability to park your car, I think Roscoe Village and West Lakeview are good choices.
Post # 7
We would prefer to be near restaurants and shopping. Within walking distance of a grocery store. We are 25, but not into clubs. We prefer bars you can chill in and chat with friends.
I’ll definitely take the advice of trying to be near the brown line. Thanks!
Post # 8
I moved to NYC about a year ago from Chicago. I lived in Lakeview. DO NOT move to lake view. It’s like living in a fraternity neightborhood. No good.
I love Logan Square. I LOVE Lincoln Square. Roscoe Village is great (it’s where I’m getting married next summer, at Volo Wine Bar). Bucktown and Wicker Park are the “cool” areas, tons of restaurants and bars, independent bookstores and bike shops. I Helped several of my NYC friends who were moving to Chicago find places there. They really like it.
Post # 9
Wow, great information! Keep it coming!
@Miss Peach Tree: We’ve looked at Logan Square, but hadn’t heard much about it. Several other people recommended Roscoe Village, so we’ll be checking that out for sure!
Post # 10
My recommendation is to make sure you’re near transportation (el stop, main streets with busses). Everything else can usually be found around there.
Post # 11
I think the most important question to answer is transportation. Do you have a car? Is he planning on using public transit or driving to work?
If his office is walking distance from the California Blue Line stop (this is really Diversey, but they call it California for a side street), then you should live off of the Blue Line (for ex, Wicker Park). The Blue Line stop is right by the highway 90/94. The Brown Line stop is much farther east from the highway, much closer to the lake. So keep that in mind when looking for a spot near the Brown Line. It’s also easy to street park in Wicker Park.
Another option is to live down Diversey in East Lakeview/Lincoln Park. He could take the bus down Diversey to the office. Street parking is difficult that neighborhood.
I love living by the lake for jogging and the beach, so I always choose to be within walking distance of the lake (i.e. I, personally, would rule out Wicker Park or really anything west of Ashland. But that’s my personal opinion).
Post # 12
Wow, thanks for that great info. It’s so hard trying to decide on an area from far away! That’s the first question realtors ask is what neighborhood I’m looking in and I have no idea!
We will have a car, but he would really prefer to take public transit to work to avoid the stress.
Post # 13
Congrats on the move! I’m a Michigander that has been living in Chicago for the past 5+ years.
PM me if you would like some specific advice!!
Post # 14
Well you definately want to find a place with parking. You should look into ukranian Village parking is good and the area is decent. Right near wicker park.
Also ravenswood and lincoln square area are great! Especially by the brown line the only problem is parking 🙁
Post # 15
Any realtor recommendations? We are trying to look at places this weekend and hear this is the easiest way.
Post # 16
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Check Lakeview Associates! I used them for 3 of my apartments and they are great. That would be a great area for you as well, since your husband will be able to hop on the Diversey bus to go to work. It will be super easy!