God knows how long this has been on my list of places to visit, but I am finally going this weekend and — as I found out recently — will likely be moving to the Windy City in the near future. Hence this weekend’s visit. So if anyone has any suggestions about where to hunt for housing when I will be working downtown, I invite your ideas!over 2 years ago
Finding Your Chicago Home
When I was deciding where to live, the top things I considered (in no particular order) were:
1) commute to work
2) access to public transportation
2) neighborhood personality
If I were you, I would try to find a sublet so that I wouldn’t be stuck in a place for a whole year. You can try out a neighborhood and see if it works for you. As time goes on you will get know what’s out there through all the people you meet plus doing a little exploring on your own.
I ended up in the Old Town neighborhood where I found an affordable place among the really expensive homes. It’s safe, close to the highways (55 and 94), plus I have access to the bus and trains. My commute to work takes no more than 15 minutes. I found it on Craigslist, but then again, I am familiar with this area.
I used to live near Taylor street which is also a fun area. I also like Bucktown/Wicker Park.
It’s hard to look for an apartment while you are out of town. There are a lot of For Rent signs up right now because many leases are up on 9/30. Walking around on a Saturday morning might work, but perhaps you should go with a service like The Apartment People. I’ve heard that they can be pretty good.
Hope that helps… Good luck!!!