Moving to Chicago

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    Nov 14, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    If all things go right I will be moving to Chicago in the next month. I'd love some tips and tricks beyond the obvious for where and how to live in the city.

    Not looking to live in boystown, but probably off the redline or brown.

    Neighborhoods or blocks to look at? Other advice on apartment hunting (besides apartment hunter sites)?

    Anyone looking to sublet short term?

    gyms and other activities to become a part of?

    ways to get acclimated?
  • shoelessj

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    Nov 14, 2007 10:37 PM GMT
    welcome to my fair city!

    as far as where to live, if you don't want boystown, the next choice that comes to mind is andersonville, [my neighborhood] which is a few miles north of boystown. it's kind of an older, more lesbian version of boystown, with easier parking. but there are many other neighborhoods, many are centered around Brown Line stops -- around addison, irving, montrose, damen -- are really neat areas, which are still a quick ride to other areas and downtown. there are also some cool areas around downtown [and even in downtown], if you are into loft living. i found my apartment actually by walking past a realty office in boystown -- the company had apartments available in andersonville which were advertised in their window. Otherwise craigslist is a great way to find apartments [as well as furniture]. Chicago is a very walkable city, so if you are curious about a neighborhood, i'd recommend just walking around and looking for signs in the windows. as far as short term leases, the best places for that, would be around boystwon, lincoln park, since those areas have pretty high turnover of tenants.

    places to work out? i stand by the fitness formula clubs, which have a few gyms on the north side and downtown. many are open 24 hours and are very professionally run. Quads, on Broadway, near boystown, is also good, but kind of hardcore, with serious bodybuilders.

    any other questions, feel free to ask.
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    Nov 15, 2007 12:44 AM GMT
    Cougarboy, welcome to Chicago! It's a wonderful place to live, and I hope you enjoy it as much as my partner and I do.

    Shoeless picked what I think is the best neighborhood in the city--I live in Andersonville, too. The Red line stops and Berwyn and at Bryn Mawr, and the neighborhood in the Foster/Broadway/Clark/Bryn Mawr quadrangle is terrific--residential, quiet, diverse, and urbane. It's also really close to the lake, and you'll learn quickly to take advantage of every warm and sunny day we get here.

    Cheetah Gym in Andersonville is a great place to work out.

    You may also consider Lincoln Square, which also has the best of quiet neighborhood/places to go and eat.

    A lot of my friends have had luck finding a place through the Chicago Reader:

    Winter in Chicago sucks if you're coming from anywhere but the midwest--you'll be fine.

    And like Shoeless said, any questions, just ask. Welcome, again!
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    Nov 15, 2007 1:20 AM GMT
    After living in a couple neighborhoods I've pretty much settled on Lakeview for now. It's not just boystown I like it it everything else that the neighborhood has. It is like Lincoln Park without the negatives IMO.

    Something to keep in mind is the Brown Line rehabilitation project that is currently going on. Stations along the line are closing for year periods at some points to be reconstructed. That can be kind of inconvenient especially when it is bitterly cold. Take a look over here to see the status of the closures:

    I also have to put in a vote for Roscoe Village off the Southport, Paulina, and Addison stations of the Brown Line. If I were so inclined to move again, that area would be my choice. I like the variety of restaurants and bars on Roscoe and Lincoln south of Roscoe/Paulina.
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    Nov 15, 2007 3:20 AM GMT
    Good call on Roscoe Village, that's also a great neighborhood!
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    Nov 15, 2007 3:31 AM GMT
    And you'd be surprised some other neighborhoods have great deals on sizable apartments if you just look hard enough, like Ukranian Village, Pilsen and such.
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    Nov 15, 2007 4:38 AM GMT
    Edgewater is also pretty good. I used to live off Broadway and Devon... that area arond Loyola University is pretty good, and relatively inexpensive.... also blocks from the Loyola Station on the red line. On the south side, Hyde Park isn't bad, but it's something of a student ghetto... lots of U of C students in that area. Thta's not off the red or brown lines, but you can get to the red line via the #55 bus, and the brown from the #6.

    You're going to love it!

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    Nov 16, 2007 1:33 AM GMT
    Thanks guys these responses are awesome. I've got a final phone interview and I expect to accept an offer on monday so I'll then be in a crunch to give two weeks notice, find and apartment and start work by early december.

    Andersonville, Irving Park, or Roscoe Villaga sounds like the places to look at. I'll probably head up there after thanksgiving and just walk aroudn and call numbers. I find setting craigslist appointments lead to dissapointment unless you can look day of.

    Anymore thoughts are always appreciated.
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    Nov 16, 2007 1:39 AM GMT
    Hey there Cougarboy, terrific news, fingers crossed that the offer comes through as planned!
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    Dec 03, 2007 4:05 AM GMT
    Alright gentlemen it is Official.

    I am moving to Chicago to start work in early January.

    I'll be coming up December 7-10 to do the apartment hunt. so many factors to think about its rather daunting.

    Anyone looking for a sublet? or have a bedroom to rent out even?

    gym recommendations?