I've been a realtor in lincoln park for 25 years and primarily work with buyers, but it sounds like you want to test the area by renting, and perhaps buy in a year. I fnd most families want to rent where they want to eventually buy. I have 2 kids and know the ins and outs of the chicago public school system as well as private options. Trust me, pre-K will be here sooner than you think! Happy to talk any time. 312-804-4114.
Bonaventures Realty Group
Let me know if I can help.