I see alot of realtors telling you where to live without first getting to know you as a buyer. I am glad you are moving to Chicago and will be working in the loop and want an easy commute to work but when your not working what are some other things that are important to you and your partner since you both will be living together I am assuming that the decision should be both of yours to make where you want to live.
The real estate market in Chicago is a difficult one right now and you have to be careful and have someone who is experienced to guide you but ultimately it is your decision where and when you want to buy.
Chicago has many neighborhoods to choose from as some of the agents below have highlighted some of them like South Loop, Oak Park, Rogers Park. Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Blvd, Ukranian /East Village, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, just to name a few.
I would be glad to give you a tour and show you around as I love to work with buyers. I am also very experienced with foreclosures.