I agree with my colleagues that you need to decide whether you feel comfortable in the neighborhood at various times of day and night. Different people have different tolerances for crime. One thing's for sure, though: there is crime in every neighborhood of Chicago.
If you want to review and analyze raw crime data yourself, the Chicago Police Department has a wonderful resource: The CLEARMAP - Citizen Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting system. The system maps all crime incidents the city, and breaks them down by type. Go to http://gis.chicagopolice.org/ to get started. All other web sites that report crime data in Chicago neighborhoods (BlockShopper, EveryBlock, etc.) get their information from CLEARMAP. You might as well go directly to the source.
You can search by address, Police Beat, school, and other criteria. You can also get lists of various types of offenders and the their current locations. It's an easy-to-use system.
Beware of how you interpret the data, though. If you take a look at the statistics for some neighborhoods that many consider "good," you might be surprised at the number of crime incidents reported. Additionally, keep in mind that more densely populated areas will necessarily have more crime incidents. The more people in one area, the more likely crime is to occur.
Hope you find this information helpful. Chicago is a great city, and I'm sure you'll find a place to live that suits your lifestyle and needs!
Don Pasek, CIPS, TRC, ADPR
Omniterra Real Properties
That would be a matter of opinion. Everyblock.com is one of the sites that I recommend my clients use as a resource if they aren't familiar with an area.
comfortable with the area both day hours and evening hours. Debbie Bergthold-Smith Classic Real Estate 708-267-5552