(Closed) Girls who live in the city of Chicago

posted 7 years ago in Chicago
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jlpalumbo:  Chicago is a pretty dog-friendly city in general … just be prepared to pay a pet deposit. How big of a dog are we talking? I will say I’ve seen a Great Pyrenese, a few greyhounds, two Great Danes, a mastiff (!) and even an IRISH WOLFHOUND. Clearly people are finding apartments that let them have their big dogs!

 

(ETA – Partner and I looked at Logan Square. Some of it is nice, but then it gets a little seedy pretty quickly. There are a lot of families out there, though, and ti is definitely up and coming. It’s just a little too quiet right now for my taste.)

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Bronzeville is a bit isolated, and would be a real schlep for your husband to get to work.  It’s also kind of an “up-and-coming” neighborhood, but I prefer someplace a bit more established.  

Logan Square or Lincoln Square would be great.  In Lincoln Park and Lakeview you’re going to have a big problem with parking unless you pay for it.  The West Loop and South Loop are great, but I don’t think you’d be able to find much if anything for $1400.  Bucktown is nice but, like Wicker Park, is getting expensive.  Ukrainian Village is close to there and is less $$$.  

Actually, the neighborhood I would move to if I were to move would be West Town!  There are SO many good restaurants and bars there.  And it’s close to lots of public transportation.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jlpalumbo:  It really isn’t *that* far north. I work in River North and my commute is simple. I also get off of work at 8 pm and feel totally safe walking home from the train. I would also take a cheaper apartment over a “longer” commute any day of the week.
A co-worker of mine used to live in Logan Square and she liked it; she was living with her boyfriend, but said that she felt safe at night. You really just have to visit and see how comfortable you feel in any neighborhood.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@jlpalumbo:  Logan Square is great, and much closer to downtown than a lot of the other places we’re talking about.  I would say 10 years ago it was a bit rough around the edges, but not now.  There are TONS of trendy restaurants/bars that have opened up there in the past few years.  Logan Boulevard is absolutely gorgeous.  

Post # 21
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Honey bee

@jlpalumbo:  Have you actually looked into pricing in the Gold Coast? My parents live there, and I absolutely love the area. While their place wasn’t inexpensive, I know some of the surrounding high rises have reasonable rents. I actually looked at moving to one building, The Churchill, on North State and found a beautiful apartment for under 1K. I’d check it out just in case! I’m sure there are also a ton of nanny opportunities around that area as well, which would certainly be convenient for you!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jlpalumbo:  25 mins, excluding the walk to the train, from Damen brownline to Merch Mart. An advantage to living up North on this train line is that I get a seat 99% of the time ๐Ÿ™‚ You can also take the Metra into downtown from where I am, but idk how long the commute would be.

IMO, Lincoln Park/Lakeview aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@jlpalumbo:  If you like the fun of Wrigleyville but don’t want the constant drunk antics, I’d consider Lincoln Park or Roscoe Village!

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I live in River North and I love it! We rent a condo up here.. However, if you plan on starting a family soon, i don’t think downtown would be the ideal place to live.. 

We used to live in Ravenswood.. it was a nice family area, but my Fiance and I HATED it cause it was so boring. We’re young and don’t have any kids..  

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We are in the West Loop and love love love it.  Right near Randolph & Des Plaines.  Young urban professionals, lots of restaurants/bars, two dog parks within walking distance. Our highrise used to have all singles/couples but now the strollers have started to come out!  Everyone’s growing up!  For $1400 you will be hard pressed to find a 2 bedroom, especially with parking.  We rent out our 1 bedroom for $1800.

Logan Square and Wicker Park are both great areas that offer lots to do and a bit more culture and diversity.  Families are abound in these areas as well.  You can find a 2 bedroom here for $1400 but it will be in an older building like a 3 flat versus a highrise but there is plenty of street parking.  My sis rents out the one bedroom in their building for $1500.  She is in Logan.  She also has 3 dogs and it seems like everyone has a dog here!

Another area to check out would be University Village.  I always loved it there.  I would skip Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park – too many college kids!, and though I love Lakeview the traffic there is horrendous.  Stop and go traffic on Belmont at 10am on a Thursday?!  No thanks!

 

 

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@baletrina:  You live 2 blocks from me!  We live at Lake and Jefferson!  I met my H at Trattoria Isabella on Jefferson ๐Ÿ™‚  I love, love, love our neighborhood.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@oneofthesethings:  That’s too funny!  We used to live at Fulton & Jefferson! Darling Husband and I had our 2nd date at Isabella and go there all the time because we love the patio.  We love the area too.  Can’t imagine living anywhere else!  Ok, maybe Paris. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@baletrina:  I love the patio too – that’s where we met, at the outdoor bar.  And then had our first date there!  And our engagement party, and rehearsal dinner ๐Ÿ™‚  

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