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3/5
Dec 10, 2008

"Mediocre Lakeview Living"

I had a friend that lived on Oakdale and spent a good deal of time at his house. Parking nearby was virtually impossible - any time of day, any time of year. Access to the lakefront was amazing, however, and the views from his high-rise apartment were astounding. A few blocks southwest, there were several good restaurant and retail options (along Diversey and Clark or Broadway), but in the winter, we didn't ever want to walk that far. This was basically a Peapod-grocery-delivery, order-in, ride-a-crowded-bus-to-work residential location...and he only lasted there for one year!
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5/5
Dec 10, 2008

"Natural Chicago at its Best!"

North Stockton Drive runs directly through Lincoln Park and offers a wide array of tourist attractions. At the south end, one can find the Chicago History Museum, followed by the (free) Lincoln Park Zoo, Cafe Brauer boat house, Lincoln Park Conservatory and Nature Museum. During the summer months, Stockton provides access to the Green City Market, an outdoor farmer's market with local produce and flowers. When the leaves are changing colors, Stockton is a beautiful place to drive. When the snow is on the ground, Stockton is a great place to snowshoe. Bicycle and walking paths line both sides of the street and views of the city skyline near Cafe Brauer on a clear day can't be beat! This is a must-see for tourists and locals alike! Unfortunately, there are no residences on Stockton in the heart of the park. If there were, I'd live there!
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4/5
Dec 10, 2008

"Main Thoroughfare with Lots of Practical Shopping"

Clybourn Street runs on a diagonal through a large chunk of the north side of Chicago. The street is littered with strip malls and stand-alone retail stores - a great place to find anything you could possibly need. Whether you're looking for grocery stores (ranging from Whole Foods to Treasure Island to Dominick's) or furniture (Arhaus, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel), Clybourn will take you there! There are tons of restaurants, doctor's offices, fast food chains, and clothing stores too. Consequently, the street is well-trafficked and can be very noisy. Also, if you live on the east side of Clybourn, there are many spots where the "eL" tracks will be right outside your back door. Not a quiet thoroughfare, but a very useful one!
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 10, 2008

"Residential Bliss in the Heart of the Gold Coast"

Bellevue Place is a quiet residential street that runs for just two blocks (if that) between Rush Street and Lake Shore Drive. There are a few high- and mid-rise buildings, but most of the houses are old brownstone mansions for wealthy Chicagoans. The best part about the street is its proximity to Lake Michigan and Oak Street Beach, but residents also benefit from the nearby shopping, access to public transit (bus and subway lines), restaurants and nightlife. A true Chicago institution stands at the corner of Bellevue and State - the Original Pancake House. Rain or shine, summer or winter, lines form and wind their way out the door. If I lived on Bellevue, I'd be at the Pancake House every morning for breakfast! Bellevue has great access to Lake Shore Drive and is only about 1.5 miles from an entrance to the highway.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 10, 2008

"Feels like a piece of New York City in Chicago!"

West Elm begins at the intersection of State Street and runs west for a few blocks to LaSalle. It is predominantly a residential street, with a few local bars/restaurants along the way. Closer to State Street, you have amazing access to the Division/Rush nightlife and restaurants, as well as a Barnes and Noble and Anthropologie. Living here means you are just steps from Michigan Avenue shopping, a block from the lakefront, and have access to public transportation - bus lines and subway - within steps of your front door! There are also several pharmacy/convenience stores in the area (some 24-hours), dry cleaners, banks, nail salons, fast food restaurants, etc. If you're looking for a place to live in Chicago with the conveniences of NY but not as much of the grime or noise, this is the spot for you!
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