New and improved City of Chicago Thread (Check OP for Recs)

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  1. Skiddly

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    I'd throw in Uptown or Andersonville as places to consider living.

    Lots of great stuff in those areas, and they are slightly off the beaten path (as much as you can be in Chicago)
     
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  2. theregionsitter

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    Roscoe Village or West Lakeview is a great place to live- easy access to highways, grocery stores, ORD, and all of Chicago’s nightlife
     
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  3. ndpat3130

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    Ok dtx i believe every north side neighborhood has been recommended now lol. God speed friend.
     
  4. fucktx

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    On the plus side, looks like there are several good options lmao

    A lot different than Dallas. Basically only 3 areas to live there if you’re looking to live in the city in an apartment, and they’re all in within a 5 mile radius or so

    Appreciate everyone’s suggestions. I made a spreadsheet for the pros and cons that I’ll go through. Accessibility seems to be a big thing in Chicago and a few Reddit posts that I’ve read
     
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  5. ohhaithur

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    as far as I'm concerned it's the most important thing. first thing I looked at when moving was bus/train lines

    the city is diverse and very segmented but there's a lot to love in a lot of places. good luck
     
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  6. gordon bombay

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    The best thing about Chicago is all of the different neighborhoods, it just depends what you are looking for. I wouldn't live anywhere other than Lincoln Park/Southport but I am in full family man time of my life now. If you enjoy the outdoors/parks at all, it is really tough to beat lincoln park or anywhere next to the lake.

    ETA the bus system is terrific in Chicago, get used to that.

    I do completely agree I would take Oak Park off the table. If you are going to live in chicago do it right IMO
     
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  7. RoderickJaynes

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    Since we’re naming all the neighborhoods, I’ve lived in Logan for the last three years and have loved it. But yeah, as everyone has said, there’s a ton of great options.
     
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  8. Truman

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    My first apartment was in Logan Square. Right on the loop by the blue line. I hated it because all my friends lived in LP or Lakeview and it was like a $17 cab ride every time I wanted to hang out, and I was poor.

    It was also pretty rough. Pretty incredible how much it's changed/gentrified in the last 10 years.

    Also dtx Chicago is an awful driving city. Parking sucks or is expensive. May want to consider looking at places that include a parking spot. I gave up my car after 2 years and didnt get another one until I could afford a place w a spot. Pretty much only drive to the grocery store and to go play golf.
     
  9. fucktx

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    Thinking about ditching my car, which is a foreign concept to me, as a texan

    I drive an audi and right now I can sell my car for a ridiculous price because of the car production issues at the moment. Just not worth the maintenance and if I barely drive anyways, not worth it in general
     
  10. ndpat3130

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    Anyone mention Rogers Park yet? Might as well give a shout out to the home of the best college basketball program in the state.
     
  11. rcragg82

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    Being from Texas, you probably haven't shoveled your car out of snow in the morning very often. If you parked on the street and lived here last winter, you would have done that 10 times last winter. It was brutal.

    Not sure on your budget but you could probably find a 3 flat with a garage off an alley that would work if you kept your car.
     
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  12. ohhaithur

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    Assuming the alley gets plowed
     
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  13. Dr. Richard Cranium

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    Check Chicago Cut too
     
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  14. dblplay1212

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    Can I wear nice shorts and a polo to swift and Son's or do I need jeans/slacks? Would prefer to not pack any long pants in the middle of summer.
     
  15. Zack Zedalis

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    I’m in Chicago right now, crazy
     
  16. DollarBillHokie

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    Enjoy the storms!
     
  17. dblplay1212

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    How long are you there?
     
  18. fucktx

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    I never left chicago lol

    Had my flight canceled Sunday and Monday and today I knew was going to be too shitty to fly
     
  19. Zack Zedalis

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    My flight from DFW to O’hare took 12 hours yesterday and included a lovely 3 hour unscheduled visit to Indianapolis.
     
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  20. Zack Zedalis

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    Leave Thursday, but spending tomorrow evening at Wrigley, which is nice
     
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  21. dblplay1212

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    We get in town at 2:30. If you are free in the afternoon, let me know and we can link up for a beer. Wife would love to see you.
     
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  22. Zack Zedalis

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    If any of you get out towards Ottawa check out Tangled Roots. Beers and food were fantastic.
     
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  23. ndpat3130

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    Didn't notice this before. I presume you're going to the Sox-Yanks game on Saturday. Just a word of warning, if you're the type of fan who likes being in your seat at first pitch make sure to arrive early. The operations management at Guaranteed Rate Field is beyond awful, so you'll have to wait in a slow moving line to get into the stadium, and if you're sitting in the 100-level you'll have to wait in another slow moving line at the entrance of the 100-level where they will check your ticket as they try to keep fans without 100-level section tickets out. It's petty as fuck and just creates another bottleneck. If you have any questions feel free to ask, but I figured I'd mention that so you don't get there 15 minutes before thinking you'd be good to get in on time.
     
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  24. dblplay1212

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    Appreciate it. We normally get there early to a park we haven't been to just to be able to check it out so we'll plan some extra time. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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  25. rcragg82

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    Yes. As someone shared earlier, there are very few restaurants in Chicago that actually enforce dress code as long as you look presentable.
     
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  26. theregionsitter

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    aka are White
     
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  27. fucktx

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    Not sure if it’s a hot take or not but portillo’s is the fucking worst

    Every time I’ve gone I’ve had to wait for fucking ever and had the worst customer service. They always fuck up my order too. Food is good but not worth the pain the ass. Had a place called Pop’s the other day that was just as good and a much better experience
     
  28. Lifeiskilingme79

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    This is how you get shot
     
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  29. dblplay1212

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    We enjoyed our time in your fine city.

    :heythere:
     
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  30. fucktx

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    It’s overpriced af and I have nothing but the worst experiences there

    sorry not sorry

    :diamondjoe:
     
  31. ohhaithur

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    tell us more
     
  32. ohhaithur

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    portillo's was sold a few years back and the quality did a nosedive after
     
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  33. dblplay1212

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    Bavette's and Boeuf was fantastic. They had a 42 day porterhouse that we split. Sides were on point too.

    Thursday morning we went to Iowa, got back late afternoon Friday. Ate at The Gage on Michigan Ave and then did a night cruise. Weather was fantastic so it was a nice chill night.

    Saturday morning we went to the Banksy exhibit. If you're into Banksy, do it. Loved it. A buddy of mine from South Bend came over and met up with us about noon. We went to Cindy's Rooftop on Michigan and had drinks. Had planned on going to the game that night but they stayed longer than expected and we got sloshed at some riverside bar on the lower level next to the river. Got back to hotel at like 9, ordered Geno's East, watched game, and crashed. Oh we walked the parks between bars and checked at the Bean. That thing is awesome, especially under it.

    Tried to do Wildberry this morning but the way was too long. Waited until lunch and grabbed Shake Shack before heading to airport.

    Got home and the first thing G said was "Are kids allowed in Chicago?" She's 3 and I had to tell her kids weren't allowed at the cornfield so that's why she couldn't go. Little shit didn't forget and now she wants to go to Chi so I guess we'll be heading back at some point.

    Took a ton of pics but not going to spam shit yall see daily. The might view from the lake was dope though.

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  34. ohhaithur

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    Awesome, glad you enjoyed
     
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  35. Dr. Richard Cranium

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  36. fucktx

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    I did one of those night cruises with my ex a few years ago. Was pretty nice.
     
  37. ndpat3130

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    I'm indifferent to Portillo's and always have been. There are tons of hole in the wall hotdog joints that are just as good if not better. If you move to Oak Park make sure to go to Johnnie's in Elmwood Park.

    Max's is my favorite.
     
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  38. ohhaithur

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  39. Odin

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    how many times would i get shot seeing a concert in west chicago
     
  40. ohhaithur

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    The town of West Chicago? 0.
     
  41. Truman

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    I’d rather get shot than drive all the way out there.
     
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  42. Odin

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    yes. thank you.
    eh its ~70 mins from here. ive driven further for less many times.
     
  43. kennypowers

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    Had a great time at Wrigley yesterday. Walked to Flub a dub chubs after to get dogs and escape some of the Uber gauging near the stadium. There was a grocery store right across the street that apparently at 4 on a Sunday afternoon only allows incredible looking mid 20 year olds to shop.
     
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  44. gordon bombay

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    Wrigley during the air and water show is always a good time
     
  45. rcragg82

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    Went to the Cubs game on Saturday. There was no mask mandate enforcement in Wrigely or Wrigleyville.

    I get it though, some of these Wrigleyville bars have been struggling the last few years to make any money. So if you get a 80 degrees and sunny Saturday game and the area is packed, its hard to turn away $10s of thousands of dollars of revenue.
     
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  46. ohhaithur

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    Honestly I haven't heard of a single restaurant care this weekend. Talked to quite a few people from a few neighborhoods and no restaurants want to bother with it
     
  47. fucktx

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    They don’t have a mask mandate at Wrigley. Only indoors. Not really sure how you can enforce a mask mandate at a bar if everyone is drinking, which is why I won’t be going to any for a while
     
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  48. rcragg82

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    In Wrigley, the indoor policy is supposed to apply to the restrooms and some other parts but that wasn't really seen. We went into 3 bars in the area and overall for the day, mask usage was about 1%. However, I did notice in Trader Joes Sunday morning, it was being applied.
     
  49. fucktx

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    Before I could sign my lease, my friend’s mom offered to sell me here house for 60k under market value. I jumped all over that. Sucks that it’s in the south side (Mount Greenwood) but I couldn’t turn down that equity. First time homeowner but I guess Chicago is my permanent home for quite a while.
     
  50. Truman

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    Congrats on your home ownership! Youre a south side Irish boy now.
     
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