hmmmm well are you looking to rent or own? do you have a car and dont mind a drive, or need to take public transit? you have a job lined up and know where its at yet?
generally the north side of chicago is much much nicer, but lil more expensive. and it can go block to block between being a decent area and a real shat hole... like Rodgers park is on the far north side and i wanna say the southern part of it is nice, but the north side of it where chicago meets evanston is a real dump, and as one cop friend said when i asked how bad is it? "like gun shots and sirens all night long bad...." if you can commute and are on the north side, some of the suburbs are real nice and not too expensive like in niles and skokie, and I-94 isnt far and can take you to downtown. lemme know and ill see what i can come up with, i ask a few people too.
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