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Dan, Home Buyer in Chicago, IL

I am thinking of buying a home in North Park near Foster & Kimball. Is this a relatively safe area? What?

Asked by Dan, Chicago, IL Sun Mar 29, 2009

are the violent crime rates?

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Hi Dan,
You probably do not know but as Realtors we cannot tell you whether an area is safe or anything else for that matter as it may be considered steering and that is against the law. What we can do though is we can direct you to where you can find the information that is important to you..... So if you are wondering contact the local police department and then use the information and contact points Christopher gave you no need for me to repeat them, he did a good job in mentioning them.

Furthermore I always always suggest to my clients to drive the neighborhood they intend to move in on various times and days of the week, like evenings during the week, Sat. or Sun. and one time in the middle of the week when school children are around, that usually gives buyers who are moving into a new town or neighborhood a good feeling whether this is the right neighborhood for them, they will also see at that time, where the places of worship are, parks, shopping etc.

Hope this helps you, if you need an agent to provide you with property information anywhere in Chicago for your future purchase, e-mail me directly to and attach your wish list style of property, price range and all the locations within the city that you would consider and of course size of property.

Good Luck to you and I hope to hear from you soon.
Edith YourRealtor4Life! Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 30, 2009
Dear Dan,

This is not a question that Realtors are likely to answer in an effort to avoid being accused of "steering" you as a potential buyer either away from or toward any particular neighborhood/area.

I would suggest the following to give yourself a general sense of whether or not you and your family would feel comfortable in the area.

First I would suggest doing whatever you typically do in your current neighborhood in the neighborhood that you’re considering moving to. Whether that is walking your dog in the evening, or walking your child to the corner coffee shop in the morning, or just cycling around the neighborhood at midday. Walk, jog, or ride through the neighborhood at different times of day to “get a feel” for the neighborhood.

If you are considering a specific address, then you can call 311 (the City of Chicago's information services) and give them the address. They can tell you what if any police activity has been reported on that address.

You can also usually get general area crime statistics from the neighborhood Chamber of Commerce.

You can get general crime statistics from a newer online community "EveryBlock" which can be found at You can then search for Chicago and crime statistics.

You can visit the City of Chicago Police Department website and search for "Index Crime Statistics" or you can try the department's main website at

Let me know if you need any assistance in locating a property to purchase. Good luck.

Christopher Thomas
Broker Associate, Sudler Sotheby's International Realty
773-418-0640 (cell)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 30, 2009
one word for you:
this will give you detailed crime stats for any area

good luck!
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 29, 2009
Dear Dan:

This morning I spent five hours walking thru two -three flats in the Jefferson Park area.
The prices are REALLY coming down and I believe you should spend as much time
as possible walking thru as much inventory as you can. I also believe you should take
a second look at these two and three flats that are out there. My specialty is in renovatioin and
restoration. Also I live near this location for 10+years. If you would like me to send
what is available please email me at

Thank you,
Maria Clark
Newman Realty
312 953 4484
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 29, 2009
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