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Fri Jul 12, 2013
Ryan Hanley answered:
Hi Matt -

I'm not sure if you are still in the market, as this post was done about a year ago. However, I will still shed some light on this question, since I am an expert in this area.

I live in Wicker Park, near Leavitt and Schiller and my best friend lives at Artesian and Hirsch, which is about 3 blocks from your prospective location. The area, in general, is safe. A lot of people have concerns about moving West of Western, but that area has been gentrifying rather quickly. The closer you get to Humboldt Park, the less safe it gets, in my opinion. I would be lying if I told you that my friend and his wife haven't heard their share of fireworks or gunshots at night, but it is the city, and these things are not that uncommon.

If it was up to me, I would search for a home in Wicker Park or Bucktown, but obviously the price point will begin to go up.

I hope this helps.

Ryan Hanley
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Mon Jul 8, 2013
Matt Laricy answered:
Tue Jul 2, 2013
Jeffrey Olichwier answered:
Yes there is supposed to be basic minimum standards As many of the other people have suggested here. Are you looking to build, buy or do you have problems with your condo?
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Tue Jun 18, 2013
Sohail Salahuddin answered:
I would recommend the Elmwood Park, Norridge, Des Plaines area going West. Prospect Heights/ Arlington Heights areas going North West. Skokie, Evanston, Morton Grove, Niles going North.

Sohail A. Salahuddin | Founder and Team Leader

Innovative Property Consultants Group | Sales and Leasing

Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

425 W. North Ave. | Chicago, IL 60610 

O: 312.335.3230 | C: 312.437.7799 | F: 847.805.6030

"Extraordinary Service For Extraordinary Lives"
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Wed May 8, 2013
Curly Sue answered:
Human race...probably a bunch of dogs, cats...
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Mon May 6, 2013
Manuel Brown answered:
Dr. Byron,

The best thing for you to do is to work with a professional broker one on one. Chicago has so much to offer each and everyone. Find a broker you mesh with and understands the flavor of the city you are looking for. ... more
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Fri Apr 19, 2013
JIM Michaels answered:
What property are you looking into that you would need this information?
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
JIM Michaels answered:
City of Chicago :: City-Owned Land Inventory City of Chicago (City), acting through the Department of Community ... ward, street address, zip code and lot dimension information set forth therein, ... ... more
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Sun Mar 17, 2013
Jose Hernandez answered:
Another option is to find a shared room, this will give you the opportunity to move and explore Chicago's neighborhoods without the 1-year lease commitment.

Feel free to contact me at anytime.

Jose Hernandez
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Thu Mar 14, 2013
Philip Sencer answered:
The city, County, State are BROKE. They are incapable of fixing it because it has gotten out of control and the A hole politicians do not rally care since they have plenty of money(bribes-lobby influenced perks) themselves.
The quality of life.....schools/transportation/taxes are all having a slow, persistant never ending financial and pychological deterioration.
To change this will take more than we have the power/will to do. Since I am older, it will not affect me as much,but if I was younger, and know what I know today, I would NEVER make a decision to stay and get locked in to this mess.
There is nothing good that can counterbalance this crap!
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Mike Opyd answered:
Typically fall and spring are the 2 biggest selling seasons. Because of the uncertainty of the Presidential election and economy last fall we saw a unseasonably low amount of supply. The hope is that sellers that were reluctant to list last fall will decide to this spring now that the uncertainty is gone. ... more
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Tue Feb 5, 2013
Maja Brajic answered:
I really love this site you can just put the adress of your home or you can put the name os the school and will give you report.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012
Sohail Salahuddin answered:

There is a big difference between agents who sell home and agents who work with buyers. There are four reasons why a property does or does not sell. Send me an email and I will email you a video that guides you on choosing the right agent. Knowing what you now know, why take chances when it comes to selling one of your largest assets. I work primarily with sellers and my team always has a large pool of buyers. The process can be easy and keep you engaged, like a well put together puzzle.

Sohail A. Salahuddin | Group Founder

Innovative Property Consultants Group | Sales and Leasing

Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

425 W. North Ave. | Chicago, IL 60610 

O: 312.335.3230 | C: 312.437.7799 | F: 847.805.6030

"Locally Known, Globally Recognized"
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Wed Nov 7, 2012
iMove Chicago answered:
Not bad at all! Never even comes to our minds
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Wed Oct 31, 2012
Juan Martinez answered:
I couldn't access the webpage you set up to get more info to see if I can do a search for you on my databases, but here are some free websites to find people's contact info.
If you are willing to pay they usually have offers from other sources on the sites I mentioned.
You can also use or from Lexis Nexis but you have to set up an account with them and you have to have a legal purpose to set up an account.
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Mon Oct 8, 2012
Amanda answered:
GOLD COAST. Walk to everything, people are everywhere at all times of the day. Literally right next to the lake. Amazing shopping and dining. Has been and always will be at the top of the list when it comes to Chicago neighborhoods. Property values are always stable, lots of rental options (plenty of high end) everywhere. It doesn't get better than the GC! And, you will feel fabulous in your 30s in the Gold Coast. It is age absolutely appropriate. You will LOVE it...Check out The Pump Room.

Oh My God...DO NOT go West like these people are recommending. The neighborhoods mentioned in several posts were "up and coming" in 2007 which in this economy is translating into " backsliding." As a single female, you will be MUCH better off in the Gold Coast. You are not going to feel or be safe anywhere on the West side. It is absolutely not "high end." It would be best to get something cheap and cheerful in the suburbs by work and then something fabulous for the weekends in the city. Good luck!
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Mon Oct 8, 2012
Amanda answered:
I just moved to Park Ridge, which borders the Northwestern most part of Chicago (Edison Park neighborhood). When traffic is light, it takes literally 18 minutes from PR to Lincoln Park. It seems like PR is close to everything: Schaumburg, Evanston and the North Shore, downtown Chicago, the airport, all major expressways. We've got the Pickwick theatre, a great uptown area, plenty of dining and also we are just a few blocks from some excellent bar/dining options in Edison Park. I don't think you'd be disappointed! Good luck! ... more
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Tue Sep 4, 2012
Michael Vrielink Team answered:
As other brokers have mentioned, we can't answer these questions, as much as we would like to give our opinion!

That said this link may be helpful, I set it specifically for the area requested in the question :

It is *very* important to have a basis point when you use this site though -- pick an area you know well so you have a comparison.

This is an active area with many businesses, and very close proximity to public transportation -- Metra, CTA and Amtrak. I've lived within a few blocks and enjoyed it!

Michael Vrielink
Michael Vrielink
Chicago Real Estate Artists LLC
Managing Broker & Realtor
401 N Michigan Ave. Suite 1200 Chicago IL 60611
Tel: 312-970-9476 | Fax: 312-945-7476
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Wed Aug 22, 2012
Jorge Vega answered:
Same answer here Dennis, its a two unit according to the assessors office.
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Fri Aug 17, 2012
Sarah Ziehr answered:
Your best bet would be to search Craigslist for a sublet. Most rentals are going to be for 12 months and anyone offering you a 6 month lease is going to charge you significantly more since you will be ending the lease in the middle of the winter.

Good luck!
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