(Closed) Girls who live in the city of Chicago

posted 7 years ago in Chicago
Post # 32
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Busy bee

@jlpalumbo:  love little Italy area! Esp being so close to the Italian ice place down on Taylor . Good thing it’s walking distance from university village, greek town etc. 

Post # 33
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My fiance and I just moved to West Town, which is just southeast of Wicker Park.  Tons to do, a lot of parking, easy access to downtown.  We love it here. 

Post # 34
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I lived in Ukrainian Village for two years (just left the city to by a house).  I LOVED it.  I felt very safe, but it’s not all homogenized.  Lots of little bars and restuarants.  Plenty of things within walking distance, including Wicker Park/Bucktown.  I lived all over the city for many years (Gold Coast, Wicker Park, Little Italy, North Center, Bucktown, and Logan Square) and this was my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@bellaluna290:   This is like my exact commute daily!  LOL at your getting a seat comment.. Totally.  I live in Lincoln square, but use to live in River north.  While I miss the busier feel, I really like our neighborhoodanti has a family feel.  I also really enjoy my more spacious place.

before we bought, we were looking at places in west loop and even south loop.  A lot is happening south loop around Roosevelt.

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a pet friendly 3 br/1.5 bath on the fringe of Uptown and pay $1300. Also look in Lincoln Square.

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I live in Wicker Park/Bucktown (just north of the 6 corners, so right on the cusp of the two I guess) and LOVE it. I’ve been here 2 years now. Our place is a steal at $1635 for a 3bed/2bath, 3-level coach house right on Damen (was $1500 the first year). So there are good deals out there!

WP/Bucktown is a great area – plenty of shopping, restaurants, bars, super dog friendly, plenty of free street parking, easy access to blue line and major bus routes. I highly recommend the neighborhood. I’ll be sad to move!

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@jlpalumbo:  When we need a new tenant we use Craigslist first.  As you get closer and things are starting to look dire use a service like Apartment Finders or even a realtor.  They will take a month’s rent as pay and usually the owner pays that, which is why we use CL first!

@oneofthesethings:  Wow!  You really do love it there!

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@baletrina:  Well, it’s right across the street from me, and my friend used to bartend there, so I hung out all the time (free drinks – ha ha).  Then after we met there it kind of became “our place” and the owner knows us and treats us well ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jlpalumbo:  I went through the apartment people. They drive you around to the places ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 43
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

One neighborhood I haven’t seen suggested is Southport, which is part of Lakeview, but far enough away from Wrigleyville that you don’t have people throwing up on your doorstep.  I live between Wrigleyville and Southport and love it.  Southport has a great strip of restaurants and shops, there are a lot of young families there, and it is still close to everything with easy transport access (brown line, Belmont red line is also close).  Personally, I’d hate to live in a high-rise, and the Southport area has a lot of great walk ups and single family homes. I’d stay away from Apartment Finders- they only show you high-rises, really push for the sell, and don’t really listen to your needs. Use craigslist (padmapper is also a good tool).  Good luck!

Post # 44
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ll also add in Albany Park (where I am now) – it’s due west of Lincoln Square and a nice little neighborhood.  Not a lot of bars, but restaurants and shopping within walking distance, as well as the El (Brown line). Of course, if your Fiance thinks Lincoln Square / North Center / Ravenswood is too far north, then Albany Park won’t work for you either.

For choosing an area, I’d consider if you’ll need parking (how many cars), as well as if you’ll need easy transit access (train / bus) and how close that needs to be.  There are some great neighborhoods that don’t have very good transit options (Roscoe Village comes to mind).  In addition to that, how new / fancy of a place do you want?  One of the previous posters mentioned something about 2flats / 3flats being more common in different areas, and that’s definitely true.  Also consider if you would want to be in an owner-occupied building.

If you have the opportunity, I’d make a day to come and check out all the neighborhoods – that’s the best way to see how you feel about them. 

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lemonseleven:  I second the Southport option!  I loved that area when we lived in the city!  The houses actually have grass lawns! ๐Ÿ™‚  Safe area and near everything without having all the raging drunks that Wrigleyville offers.  Parking is easier too.

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