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May. 9th, 2004 | 04:18 pm

I actually do want opinions and comments.

Poll #290997 Where to live?

Where should we live in Chicago?

Hyde Park
0(0.0%)
Bucktown/Wicker Park
0(0.0%)
Lakeview
2(40.0%)
Lincoln Park
1(20.0%)
South Loop
0(0.0%)
Wrigleyville
1(20.0%)
Logan Square
0(0.0%)
Ukrainian Village
1(20.0%)

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h

From: mypotato
Date: May. 9th, 2004 04:28 pm (UTC)
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By the way my mom wants me to live by school 'cause it is "safer." This is the same woman who offered to send me a gun through the mail in my freshman year because the neighborhood around my school was so dangerous. (This is the same school.)

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girlvii

From: girlvii
Date: May. 9th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)
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I would not recommend living in Hyde Park itself... you'll be rather confined to the area. There are easy express bus routes to and from Hyde Park to many neighborhoods on the north side. I do not think the CTA runs a similiar service to the west side (aka Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, Bucktown) so if you are relying on public transit please take that into account. You'd be wise to look at the various neighborhoods by accessability of our transit system.

http://www.transitchicago.com

I would recommend Lakeview to someone new to the city because it's generally safe, accessible to the rest of the city and friendly. It's much easier on the west side to wander into the wrong neighborhood or end up in someplace less than savory. I lived in Lakeview for years (Boystown to be specific which on your list is right between Wrigleyville and Lakeview. While I was only 4 blocks away from wrigley it was still Lakeview). A few years ago I moved to Lincoln Square (not on your list but you can find us at the Western/Damen brown line stops)... a more well-rounded, diverse area that was at one point an old German neighborhood. I love it here and would also recommend the 2 communities south and east of here (Ravenswood - also easy by El or Roscoe Village - slightly less accessible via public transit but a wonderful place to live if you have a car).

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From: mypotato
Date: May. 9th, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC)
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I actually lived in chicago for a while. Hyde park um 6 years and Lakeview 2 years. Truthfully, I don't want to live in either place again and I feel like I have gotten out of touch so I want to find out other places to go. I need to add those places to my poll.

How inconvenient do you think my commute would be if I lived in your neighborhood?

Thanks!

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girlvii

From: girlvii
Date: May. 9th, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC)
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it depends. will you have a car or rely on public transit?

with a car easy... we're close to LSD and there is plenty of parking around here (unlike Lakeview/Lincoln Park/etc). it wouldn't be too hard on the El. We're a short distance up the brown line (approx. 10-15 minutes to Belmont) and the red line down to the south side from there. My only concern would be the bus between the train and campus. The neighborhood between Hyde Park and the red line has gotten slightly better in recent years as the Chicago Housing Authority has been demolishing the projects left and right. It isn't entirely better and now can be a little more deserted (which can be slightly scary at night).

I feel for people who go to U of C because on one hand it's easy to stay in the little bubble of 'safe' down there at U of C but if you want to explore the life the rest of the city has to offer it can be a pain in the ass. How did you get down to school before when you lived in Lakeview? Express bus?

The neighborhoods in the west side have a lot going for them. Wicker Park is still a thriving and growing space (read: becoming more and more gentrified). The area down along Division St has had a recent explosion of new restaurants, clubs, shops, etc but along with that has come rising housing costs. It isn't cheap to live down there. The Ukranian Village is definitely cheaper but it's really easy to end up in Humbolt Park which is still a place I wouldn't walk alone or at night. Logan Square is... well I'm indifferent really. I don't get there very often but have known a few people who have enjoyed living there.

I can't tell you how much I love my neighborhood though, despite the fact that most of my friends live on the west side. My rent is far cheaper for a better space, it's friendly, clean and has a real sense of community. It's still a neighborhood of small, locally owned businesses with great access to the big regional library (Seltzer), beautiful Welles Park (which has an indoor pool totally free), the old town school of music, etc. Although I'm further north than most people I know it's easy to get to Wicker Park/Bucktown/etc via the Damen Bus and it's easy to get to Lakeview/Lincoln Park on the El or Lincoln bus or even to Andersonville/Edgewater on the Lawrence or Damen busses.

http://www.lincolnsquare.org/

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h

From: mypotato
Date: May. 9th, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to check out lincoln square. I see multiple trips to chicago in my future.

I'll def be bringing my car with me and probably using it to get to school most of the time.

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bdw

From: aem7
Date: May. 9th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC)
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This might sound a little goofy, but you might also try for the gold coast. Although it's got its annoyances, like plastic surgery central, you might be able to find a place cheap.

As usual, Hyde Park sucks, but if you're going to be spending a lot of time in school, like we did in the Computer Science department, it's at least convenient.

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h

From: mypotato
Date: May. 9th, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC)
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geez my poll is very incomplete. oh well, at least im gettting responses.

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bdw

From: aem7
Date: May. 9th, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC)
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When are you going to be looking for places?

I have to go to Chicago sometime in the next month or so. I need to kick my advisor's ass at pool and pick up a car.

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h

From: mypotato
Date: May. 9th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
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I haven't really thought about it yet. Ill have to talk to fls.

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bdw

From: aem7
Date: May. 9th, 2004 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Sheesh louise, this reminds me that I really ought to visit you in SD before you move!

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h

From: mypotato
Date: May. 9th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC)
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yeah you don't have much time

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bdw

From: aem7
Date: May. 9th, 2004 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Maybe I can fly down for a weekend soon. Next few weeks are all messed up, but after that...

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From: dubido
Date: May. 10th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Please win a game for me, and you're not seriously buying a used car in Chicago, are you!???! That's insane. I've never seen cars fare worse than in Chicago.

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bdw

From: aem7
Date: May. 10th, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I have been known to even win the series of nine with Dave.

Yes, the car is in Chicago, and it is a little beat up, but that's actually all part of the plan.

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From: dubido
Date: May. 11th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
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I'd like to be on record as having told you this is a really bad idea.

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bdw

From: aem7
Date: May. 11th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)
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Notice that I didn't say that the car is a Chicago native. Luckily, it hasn't been there very long. That would be a Bad Thing.

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From: dubido
Date: May. 10th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)
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If I could buy a house in Chi, I actually would consider HP. There's so many gorgeous little houses. You know, we managed to get out of HP A LOT! I don't know why people say it's such a trap. Maybe it's not for lazy people, or nondrivers.
On the other hand, another neighborhood I loved was the one around Fullerton, just off the lake. I guess that's Lincoln Park. That was fun!
I think if I had to choose I'd do what Derek did: high-rise with a lake view smack downtown (which is dead at night) or, better, just north of it.

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h

From: mypotato
Date: May. 11th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC)
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Maybe if I were buying but I doubt we will settle in Chicago. I think we would get out of HP too, but I want to live somewhere different.

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bdw

From: aem7
Date: May. 10th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
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You know, you really do want to consider how long it will take you to get to Hyde Park from wherever you live. A place like Lincoln Square is way way out there; Lakeview is a little better because it's basically close to LSD.

One neighborhood I like a lot is Ravenswood, but like Lincoln Square, it's also out in outer space.

If only the CTA weren't so atrocious for getting to Hyde Park. The Metra Electric is the only reasonably fast service there, but you have to be really good with train schedules to use it.

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h

From: mypotato
Date: May. 11th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC)
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Yes I will probably drive most of the time. I will probably stay late and don't want to take public transport home at night.

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Sandor Marai

From: anonymous
Date: May. 26th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Thank you,
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Where to live

From: anonymous
Date: Dec. 27th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
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If you're in the campus program, it is easier to live in Hyde Park, especially for getting together for group projects and study. Otherwise, I'd pick Lincoln Park. It's still easy to get to Gleacher and has more character than Lakeview.

- whimsy MBA 1998

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