Thank you for your help!
It is best to visit the area at different times of day to see if you would feel comfortable there. Google "Chicago Crime Map" for some unbiased data.
Once again, thank you for your prompt answers, which are truly appreciated!
1. Agents are leery of answering anything that could even remotely be construed as "steering", which is illegal.
2. "Safe" is a relative term. What's safe to me, might not be considered safe to you.
3. Agents don't want to feel/be held responsible should they attest to a location being safe, you buying there, then getting your car/home broken into the next day.
Additionally - as a buyer - I wouldn't want to trust the opinion of a real estate agent who is trying to ultimately sell me a house. It's always best to get this information from an impartial source. Knock on a few doors, check with the local police, and consult the different websites that offer this information freely.
Hope this helps!
The Taboo question to Realtors. Here are a couple of websites http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/ ,
I also recommend that you go by the area in the morning, afternoon, and night to see for yourself.
Also, visit with neighbors in the area. You may want to drive around the area at different times of the day. Always trust your gut instinct. In today's world it is best to be aware of one's surroundings at all times.
Hope these ideas help!