Trulia Community - Advice from neighbors and local experts

Find Your Community
We couldn't find that location. Please try again.
Get Expert Advice

Quality of Life in Chicago : Real Estate Advice

  • All5K
  • Local Info373
  • Home Buying1K
  • Home Selling265
  • Market Conditions100

Activity 46
Thu Dec 15, 2016
Andrew Carpenter answered:
I'm not sure if that is a question. If you would like help finding a new apartment I would be happy to help you. My service costs nothing to you, I find you a property that you are happy with and the landlord pays me because I brought you in as a tenant. I search and filter out the best results for you to look over. Then I schedule showings and drive you around to apartments to find the one that best suits you.
If you need help with something specific to your landlord and situation I would be happy to help you with that too.
... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Tue Mar 29, 2016
Fortmannjoe asked:
Tue Apr 21, 2015
Gary Birtles answered:
I don't know of any specifically in your area. A good way to find one though is through a review site. You could also check pest control sites for discounts or deals, just make sure those companies are reputable and have good reviews. Good luck in your search Tupper. http://cavanaughspest.com ... more
0 votes 16 answers Share Flag
Sat May 10, 2014
Scott Newman answered:
There are laws in place with mandate your right to make modifications to accommodate your family. Where are you looking to rent? I may be able to help or at least make a referral.
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Wed Apr 16, 2014
BJ Tregoning answered:
Wed Dec 11, 2013
Anna Fiascone answered:
0 votes 10 answers Share Flag
Thu Aug 15, 2013
Cristian Garcia answered:
The best part about Wicker Park is the food! everything is within walking distance and great public transportation.
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Sun Jul 21, 2013
Bill J Deligiannis answered:
Go and visit the area and see if it meets your needs.
0 votes 5 answers Share Flag
Thu Jul 18, 2013
Paul Cionczyk answered:
Holly and Patti,
Go where you feel you'll be happier. I'm originally from Chicago, moved to Phoenix for just over 2 years, and decided t come back to Chicago. Most people would say that I am crazy for doing so, but you live once and you have the power to choose. Phoenix was sunny and warm 99% of the time, the other 1% of the time the forecast called for sunny with a chance of clouds :)

THe Good:
I loved all the culture in Chicago. The arts. The music. The Ravinia Festival. The FOOD! The variety in home construction styles

The Bad:
Chicago will have a much more dramatic difference between the good areas and the bad areas, as compared to most places I've been. (About 25 states) So do your research on areas prior to moving, as an agent can't legally steer you to or away from specific neighborhoods.
The snow. You'll love it, you'll hate it. You'll probably despise it, especially if you learned to drive in another state and without snow.

The Ugly:
It gets humid during the summer. Its more uncomfortable in Chicago at 90 degrees than it is in Phoenix or Vegas at 110 degrees. The snow is nice right when it falls. Then it gets ugly, dirty, and turns to ice for the next month.

Conclusion: Wherever you go, people will complain about something. Life is short. If you have the opportunity, try it, maybe rent for the first year. If you don't like it, move.

If you like this post, how about a thumbs up? If you have any questions about the city, let me know :)

Paul Cionczyk-Broker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Cell:312-433-9931
Paul.Cionczyk@cbexchange.com
... more
2 votes 16 answers Share Flag
Mon May 6, 2013
Bill J Deligiannis answered:
Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie & Chevrolet!


Close to the Lake - Close to Transportation - Close to Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jizy-LuLSJc
0 votes 5 answers Share Flag
Mon Apr 22, 2013
Manuel Brown answered:
What are the biggest industries in Chicago? This questions was asked by Trulia Chicago.
Chicago’s economy is more diverse the many people will imagine. Some people may want to believe that Chicago’s largest industry is tourism which is not the case. Chicago’s economy is driven by a variety of businesses from long standing manufacturing and transportation/distribution to newly emerging information and technology, research and development and green energy industries. It should be no surprise that green energy development is a growing industry in our city with Obama as our president.

The largest regional employers in Chicago: Advocate Health Care, Walgreens, AT&T, United Continental Holdings Inc., Abbott Laboratories, J.P. Morgan Chase, Motorola Inc., Allstate Corp., Jewel-Osco, and Resurrection Health Care. Chicagoland ranks in the Top 5 in output among U.S. metro areas in a number of key industries; Business & Financial Services, Manufacturing, Health Services, Transportation & Distribution, and Tourism.
Business & Financial Services

Chicago offers has diverse pools of business and financial service expertise:

• Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services
• Advertising
• Recruiting
• Legal services
• Management services
• Security services
• Research and development
• Specialized design

Manufacturing

Chicago is consistently a leader in manufacturing, which currently composes more than 10% of the regional economy. The Chicago region's manufacturing base continues to change with the economy, recently adding jobs in wind energy, green building materials, and hi-tech products.

Biotech

Chicago and its greater metropolitan area provide life science and biotech entrepreneurs with a tremendous balance of capital, community and global fluency. Area companies are at the forefront of developments in diagnostics, therapeutics, medical equipment, and food and environmental biotechnologies, as well as enabling technologies such as bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics.

Information and technology

Chicago’s tech ecosystem is growing as a number of components converge
.
• Internet publishing & broadcasting
• Wired telecommunications carriers
• Data processing, hosting & related services
• Securities & commodity contracts brokerage and exchanges
• Technical consulting services
• Scientific research and development services

Health

• 500,000+ employed in healthcare and life science occupations
• 20+ teaching hospitals
• 6 medical schools

Transportation & Distribution

Chicago has dominated the North American transportation and distribution business. It has become the major crossroads of America's global trade. As a result, Chicago offers the most competitive and cost-effective transportation center
.
• Central location with air, rail, and water distribution capacity
• Only gateway where all six Class-One North American railroads can interchange traffic
• Top 5 Container Port in the World, handling over 13 million TEU's
• Convergence of six major highways
• Chicago’s airport system ships and receives 1.5 million tons of freight, mail, and goods annually
• Non-stop global gateway to more than 50 international and 150 domestic business centers
• Two ports capable of handling ocean-going ships and barges
• Linked to the Atlantic via St. Lawrence Seaway and to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River

Tourism

Chicago welcomed 42.4 million domestic visitors in 2011, an 11.2 percent increase over 2010 and the first visitor increase the city has seen since 2008.

The diverse business sector Chicago keeps the economy going even in the climate of this economic downturn. Chicago will recognize even faster growth in our diverse industries as housing sector gains strength and consumer confidence in our region grows. While tourism plays an important role in the strength of our economy it only accounts for a fraction of Chicago’s productivity.
... more
0 votes 6 answers Share Flag
Wed Apr 3, 2013
JIM Michaels answered:
The condo you buy email me at jmichaels@remax.net and I will find you the one
0 votes 7 answers Share Flag
Wed Apr 3, 2013
JIM Michaels answered:
Wit doubletree hotel on state street
0 votes 4 answers Share Flag
Mon Dec 17, 2012
Manuel Brown answered:
As a society we have changed. We look for more and more instant gratification and more and more we look to the experts for answers. The medium for all of us to seek out those answers is being logged on to the internet and onto the many sites and search engines that try to quench our need to know at an instant.

The intimacy everyone use to have with pure research using, pens, pencils, books, reference journals, has and is being replaced with on line materials. The new intimacy for information has been replaced by Androids, iPhone, Tablets, iPads, and various other devices. Writing is going on the window being replaced by thumb dexterity and penmanship is no longer considered a skill worth teaching just like physical education. I find it very sad.

Trust me when I say I am a participant with being logged on and have become somewhat of a pro when it comes to finding information on the worldwide web. However, as stated by another colleague on Triulia I have learned to focus my time and energy on the people who are serious gaining many hours back to myself per week. Remember, that while many of our clients will bombard us with several emails and questions the best solution is to pick up the phone many times and have a great one on one conversation where idea and thoughts can be exchanged on a more personal level.

We all need to find that happy balance.
... more
1 vote 7 answers Share Flag
Wed Nov 14, 2012
Ivan Sagel answered:
Rusty,

Verizon used to take old phones and donate them to soldiers. I'm not sure if the program is still going.
0 votes 4 answers Share Flag
Thu Nov 1, 2012
JIM Michaels answered:
Day Trip From Chicago

Naperville, Illinois

Naperville Settlement has a historic museum village with costumed villagers that take visitors on a journey back in time. There are activities and special events held throughout the year such as Civil War Days and Maple Sugaring Days.


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The attractions include the Harley Davidson Museum, the Miller Brewing Company, the Milwaukee Zoo, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum.


Geneva, Wisconsin

Geneva has events and activities that for day trippers that include boating, hiking, golfing, ice skating, skiing, horseback riding and sleigh rides.

Long Grove, Illinois

Long Grove is a 19th century community located about 35 miles outside of Chicago. Visitors can take a tour of the Long Grove Confectionery Chocolate Factory or attend one of the many festivals that are held throughout the year.

llinois-Harbor Country

Harbor Country consists of eight small towns including Union Pier, Three Oaks, Harbert, Lakeside, New Buffalo, Grand Beach, Michiana and Sawyer. These small towns are only about an hour and a half drive from Chicago and they offer a variety of activities that are suitable for a day trip that include sandy beaches, antique shops, bike paths, wineries and several walking trails.
... more
0 votes 4 answers Share Flag
Wed Oct 17, 2012
Lesley Smith answered:
1. west of western isn't even wicker park. 2. depends on where west of western you're considering?
1 vote 8 answers Share Flag
Sat Jul 14, 2012
Andy Ogorzaly answered:
This is my stomping grounds and I love this area! It's interesting how certain areas are gentrified and I don't know why this one took so long since it is so close to EVERYTHING! This is definitely a neighborhood, so don't expect to find any highrises or large multi-unit buildings. The bigger 3-4 story buildings can be found along Chicago Ave. and Grand Ave. Expect to see Chicago Ave. turn into a bustling thoroughfare (like Division) very soon! There is already a ton of great places near Noble like Five Star, West Town Tavern, Branch 27, Manee Thai and much more.

Further west down Chicago is the newer West Town branch library in the old Goldblatt building. Roots Pizza and Bleeding Heart Bakery opened up not too long ago. Sprout home is a unique and modern plant store on Damen. And Bar Deville is one of my favorite hidden gems at Damen and Huron.

I like the mix of old ornate and sleek modern architecture that exists. I also love that there are these hidden bars and shops within the neighborhoods. It's definitely a work, live, play environment for the local people who live there, which makes it feel homey. But at the same time you are just a bus, cab, or train car away from being anywhere in the city! Gotta love it!
... more
1 vote 5 answers Share Flag
Mon Oct 3, 2011
Alan May answered:
I've been to Chicago... oh, wait... I'm IN the Chicago area.. and have lived here for more than 40 years.

The business climate in the greater Chicago area is second to none. We have culture, museums, theatre, restaurants, transportation, and multiple sports teams and arenas. We have a world-class international airport, and Lake Michigan for sport, relaxation and fun. We've got the cubs, sox, bears, blackhawks, wolves... and more.

We have a prime location, central to many things, nationally high ranking schools, and universities and much, much more than I can mention here.

Weather? well, there's an old Chicago saying. If you don't like the weather, here in Chicago... wait a few minutes, it'll change. If we had the weather of, let's say, a "San Diego".... nobody would ever leave Chicago... so it would be unfair to the rest of the country. But we have everything else.

Does it get humid here in the summer? Are the winters unbearably cold and long? Yes. Would I live anywhere else? Well, maybe... San Diego sounds nice, and Paris is nice in the spring... but Chicago is a great town.
... more
1 vote 3 answers Share Flag
1 2 3
Search Advice
Search

Followers

902