I work with owners and property managers in the North Lawndale, East Garfield, West Garfield and Homan Square area. If you would like assistance in finding an apartment, please give me a call.
Best advise is to drive by the neighborhood and check it for yourself. Opinions vary and as far as safety is concerned it's subjective.
We cannot state what is safer than another neighborhood as this would be a violation of the fair housing laws.
I know it is not easy to make this kind of decision, good luck.