(Closed) Chicago Bees – Please Advise!

posted 4 years ago in Chicago
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

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Nabrani0915 :  

i would personally recommend lincoln park. Its a great neighborhood with easy access to different areas but also depends on where you will be working. 

Most people either dont have a vehicle or just do street parking via permit for residents. Sometimes youll get close and other times you can be 1/2 mile away. If you want to do street parking watch the maps for the parking districts so you know your cutoffs on the streets or where your apartment is in comparison to the different parking zones. The other option if you wont use your car daily or weekly is to get a secure parking space just outside the city and take the train to it when needed. You can normally rent heated/covered spaces for $100-150 a month but mainly do this if you wont use it often

Post # 3
9735 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Logan Square is northwest of The Loop, but is a nice up and coming neighborhood for 20- and 30-somethings ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s adjacent to Wicker Park, where a lot of millennials feel the market is a little too high. ETA: Friends there have free street parking – but you need to pay attention to the signs and may need to switch sides of the street on cleaning days.

Post # 4
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Helper bee


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Nabrani0915 :  My family has much business in Chicago, although I never live there. For safe but less expensive, think of Beverly, Mt. Greenwood (south side), Edison Park (north side). There is lots of parking with this places, although it is not the most convenient to public transportation. What is “close” to your thought? 30 min? 1 hr? These neighborhoods may be better for buying a house. If you wish to rent closer inside to the city is Pilsen neighborhood, Ravenswood, Jefferson Park, Old Town. These are place that are safe and not so so expensive. They have either college boys and girls or more families. Very urban professional type area is very expensive in Chicago.

It is normal for our employees to be set in a housing with street parking. So, in downtown commercial area you must pay and it is very expensive. However in residential neighborhood you can buy a permit for free parking on the street, it can last you all the year. It costs maybe 100-250 dollars depending, one time a year for a car. Of course with street you are not having a place reserved and you must take the snow off and dig it out. However, that is what most do. To have a garage attached to a house raises the purchase some time 50,000 US. It is a big perk.  I never been there in the winter but the way they speak it is much more snow then New York.  


Post # 5
6354 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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Nabrani0915 :  It all really depends…I’ll just talk about areas I’m personally familiar with.

Lincoln Park is full of college kids. Would that irritate you? I always knew I’d never want to live there. Wicker Park is one of those trendy up-and-coming neighborhoods but I personally have never felt very safe there late at night. Same goes for Logan Square. Avoid Wrigleyville unless you like massive crowds and yelling during Cubs season. River North/Gold Coast/Old Town are for a more professional crowd I think but it’s also a more expensive area. All these areas are close to public transit, so you’ll be fine there. I lived in Lincoln Square my last year in the city and loved it. It has great restaurants and more of a neighborhood feel compared to when I lived in the Gold Coast. 

As far as parking…when I lived in Gold Coast I actually kept my car at my parents’ house in the suburbs. I had no real use for it anyway and paying for parking down there was RIDICULOUS! Once I moved to Lincoln Square street parking was actually pretty easy (and free!), though there were some days that I had to park a few blocks away from my building. 

I also lived in Andersonville years ago and loved it. But I haven’t been there recently so I can’t say what it’s like as a neighborhood now. Same parking situation there compared to Lincoln Square. 

Post # 6
3873 posts
Honey bee

My parents live in the gold coast on the edge of lincoln park, so I hang out there, Old Town, and Lincoln Park and really like those areas. Lots of restaurants, grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and shopping. Not sure about rentals, but even the gold coast has reasonable condo buildings mixed in amongst the mansions. Parking seems to be expensive no matter what. My sister lived near DePaul for a while and had no parking. It was a pain, but she generally was able to find street parking within about four blocks of her condo. The shitty thing was even in these nicer areas, her car got broken into a couple of times. You can look into garages within a couple blocks for a better deal, but I know spaces usually SELL for like 30K. 

Post # 7
821 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I would look further out like Andersonville, Ravenswood, Roscoe Village, Linclon Square, Logan Square – all will have way cheaper parking if you get a dedicated spot, but all have plenty of street parking. I’ve lived in Chicago for 10 years with a car and lived in Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, Albany Park and Logan Square and I’ve always parked on the street without a problem. I get pissed if I’m more than a half a block from my building.

I’d personally avoid Lincon Park (full of really young, annoying people), Lakeview (same as Lincon Park but worse for Cubs games) and River North (too touristy, nothing really happens there).

Safety wise, Chicago is a major city. Looking for a “safe” neighborhood is a little naive – no where is 100% safe. There is crime in every single neighborhood, some or just worse than ohters. You will generally be fine in the neighborhoods you are looking in and in those that people suggested.

You need to come to the city and hang out in some of the neighborhoods and see what you like. I’m not sure what kind of place you are looking for, but definately check out hotpads and craigs list for smaller buildings (2 or 3 flat).

Post # 8
485 posts
Helper bee

I live in Lakeview/Wrigleyville and I love it. My BF takes the train downtown everyday for work and I have to drive… I park on the street and usually don’t have an issue trying to find parking although you have to have patience sometimes during Cubs seasons. I love this city though, you can’t go wrong really with anywhere on the North side. Welcome to Chicago!

Post # 9
326 posts
Helper bee

I lived in Roscoe village and Near North and those were the best for late 20s professional/early 30’s as well as ample street parking that isn’t permit based. Lincoln park is going to be expensive, full of really rich people or 22 year olds and has terrible parking. fun neighborhood to visit but not to live. I’d recommend Roscoe/Near North, West Loop, or Wicker Park/Bucktown. Welcome!!! smile

Post # 10
2015 posts
Buzzing bee

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Nabrani0915 :  Yep also completely depends on your budget and what kind of things you like.


Do you want to commute by train? Will your jobs be near Union Station to make Metra an option? What kind of budget do you have? Do you want to be in a smaller building with few amenities or a large one with everything? Do you want access to green space, the parks? What do you do for fun? 

I’d also say the vast majority of the city is safe, as long as you’re being smart. In general, I find the Brown Line to go through safer areas than the Red and Blue Lines, but the trendier places to eat/drink all are mostly off the Blue Line.

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