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Bradley Grif…, Renter in Chicago, IL

I am looking at a rental on Ellis Ave just South of 47th street. Is this a safe area?

Asked by Bradley Griffith, Chicago, IL Wed Aug 1, 2012

I will also be commuting daily to the University of Chicago. Would this be a safe place to commute from everyday?

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Bradley, Hyde Park is a very socioeconomically diverse area. Some parts are pretty skecthy and even the nicer blocks are only a stone's throw from the not so nice ones. The best/safest is to be as close to the university as possible, do not get a unit on the garden or first floor (easier access for break-ins), always ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings, i.e. don't run/walk with your ipod on.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 10, 2012
There is a private grade school on that block, a number of condo buildings that are well-maintained, and 1-2 government/substance abuse/asissted living type buildings on the block. The block has a fair amount of foot traffic and can look a bit dicey at times. At other times it can look very nice. It's a good location that seems to get effected by its not so good surroundings.
You need to visit the area to get a feel for it. Depending on where you are coming from it may or may not be a good fit for you.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 4, 2012
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 2, 2012
Greetings Bradley,

Be careful about signing the lease without even having seen the place. Come a week or two before school/work begins and stay in a hotel or with friends and due some due diligence on the area. Work with a Realtor to assist you on this. Many qualified ones on this board.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
I have lived in that exact area for 8 years...LOVE can move anywhere you want, you will not escape crime...whether North Kenwood, or's diverse, walkable, friendly, neighborly and yes, there is some crime...but I have to tell you, have the University of Chicago police on patrol in addition to Chicago's finest makes a HUGE difference.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 15, 2013
Bradley, I have a gorgeous two bedroom condo for rent at 42nd and Michigan for $1400. Let me know if you'd like me to send you pictures or come by to take a look. A friend of mine owns the place, many upgrades. He only moved out because he got a job in the north suburbs.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 4, 2012
I live on 47th & Prairie looking to move out. Area sucks!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 3, 2012
Your best bet is to contact the local police dept for street specific crime stats.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 2, 2012
I have lived and worked in that area for years. Although they are renovating a lot of the buildings and gentrifying the area, I would say that caution and being aware of your surroundings are the key words if you choose to live in this area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
I would also recommend checking with you school and see what areas of the city they might provide shuttle service too and from.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
safe like fighting parts of Iraq or like Disney land..they do not even serve beer in the Magic Kingdom..they really do not serve it in Iraq either now that I think of I suggest a picnic basket in the park Saturday and you file a report here on Trulia..I can tell you this..if the rent is less , the place is not as perfect..its all about the rent high rent is normally more safe
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
I agree with Bill and Matt on this one Bradley. Take time to really visit the area in all types of hours of the day. Have a meal at one of the local restaurants and talk to the waiters about the neighborhood. There is no research like your own research when it comes to safety in real estate. Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
I should have noted that I am moving from out of state and have never lived in Chicago. I'm quite unfamiliar with the city, specifically the South side. I plan on biking when weather permits and taking the bus when it doesn't.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
Safe is a relevant term. Visit the area and get a feel for the neighborhood yourself. How will you be going to U of C, ...walking, bike, car, bus, El?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
We cant comment on things of this nature. However, you can go to

Also go there yourself at all different times of the day and night. Only you can be the judge for whats best for you.
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