Good Questions: What are Some Affordable, Cool Neighborhoods in Chicago?

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Dear AT,

My husband and I are relocating from NYC to Chicago. What are some good, affordable neighborhoods we should check out to live and/or hang out in? We currently live in a pre-war building in Queens with all charms of high ceilings, original moldings, and a transom window.

Any neighborhood in particular that would have more housing stock in this vein and would be a cool place to live for two young creative professionals? So far we hear Wicker Park and Oak Park are cool.

Thanks!
-flyinglimegreen

Dear flyinglimegreen,

Two things are certain: 1) Chicago living in general (housing included) will be more affordable than that in NYC. 2) There are many, affordable (we know this is a relative term), interesting, and cool neighborhoods in Chicago to choose from.

As for finding pre-war buildings with high ceilings, etc., Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and Ukrainian Village have some amazing structures, prices are relatively low, and you get quite a bit of space for your buck. These neighborhoods are close to Wicker Park/Bucktown (pricier places to live), which are loaded with shopping, bars, parks, and "cool" stuff. Oak Park is just outside the city, so a longer commute by train or car, if that is an issue for you.

We also think the far north side has some great spots: Andersonville, Lincoln Square, and Rogers Park (lake/beach access and affordable rents). And Hyde Park on the South Side is stunning, with so many beautiful, pre-war buildings.

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