Moving to Chicago in the spring possibly.. advice?

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    Nov 26, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    Hey guys.
    I am thinking about moving to Chicago in April. I love Minneapolis but it is time for a change of scenery.
    I am curious as to what neighborhoods you would recommend.
    Some things about me:
    I like to bike and run by the water or in a big park if at all possible.
    I want to be close to things like grocery stores, gyms and restaurants.
    I don't mind busy or noisy neighborhoods.
    I will be renting an apt so reasonable rent would be nice.( if you know of any great buildings, please advise)
    close to the subway is ideal.
    I am partial to Lincoln Park ( I like the location and the charm factor) but am open to some new ideas.
    Thanks for any help.

  • treader

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    Nov 26, 2008 11:06 PM GMT
    I grew up in Chicago. Loved it but wanted a change so I ended up moving out to Boston (which is very nice too). If I had stayed in Chicago, I would have brought a place up in Andersonville which is/was nicknamed 'GirlsTown' but there's a lot of guys up there. The main gay area is Lakeview called 'BoysTown' which is a ton of fun if you can afford it. The lakefront is very easy to get to from east Lakeview. Wrigleyville just north of Lakeview is another great option. Lincoln Park is the yuppie homeland. If you don't mind straight clones with baby strollers everywhere then move there. It's very safe and expensive but there are better options for a single gay guy.

    Best of luck! You're going to love Chicago...

    PS. The Reader newspaper is one of the best way to find an apartment in Chicago. Here's the subway map.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 26, 2008 11:28 PM GMT
    Hey I wish that I could join you on your move to Chicago. Buffalo is starting to get a bit old for me. I love that city. You are making an excellent move and you will love Chicago. It is very expensive but excellent things come in expensive packages that is life. Like I just said, I wish that I could join you and move to Chicago. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 26, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    From what you said you were looking for in terms of location I'd say choose either East Lakeview (Boystown), Wrigleyville, or Andersonville.
    Andersonville will be the cheapest in terms of rent, but you can find some gems in the other two neighbourhoods.
    Additionally, all three neighbourhoods are close to the Red Line El Train (main form of public transit in Chicago).

    I suggest checking for apartments; it's how I've always found my apartments when I move.

    As for all your physical activities, all three neighbourhoods will provide you lakefront accessibility as well as communities of like-minded individuals (though Wrigleyville is a little more yuppy of the three).

    Aside from that, it's all about coming and "feeling out" the area.
    I'm sure you'll find whatever you're looking for; Chicago is pretty amazing.