Moving from another state. Don't know where to live and need local insight!

My husband, four-year old daughter, and I are moving to Chicago and are looking for a place to live. We have to live in the city due to his employment, but we are unsure what neighborhood is the safest and most diverse. We are African-American and prefer a place with diversity. I mentioned our race because we've recently had issues at my daughter's school where some of the other students exclude her because she looks "different" (we live in Indiana- and it's not really progressive here) I would like her to be exposed to all types of people, including some who look like her. What neighborhoods can anyone recommend?

Oh, by the way, we are looking for an apartment and would like to spend around $1500 a month, but can go as high as $2100.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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DanyelW 2yrs+
Thanks for your response Anne! We do have two vehicles, although I could probably park my car at my in-laws' home. Great schools are very important to us, as well as the safety of the neighborhood. We don't have any pets and would love to be close to public transportation.
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Anne Rossley 2yrs+
There are so many great neighborhoods to live in! Tom and I raised our 3 children in the city just so we could enjoy the "diversity" - I expect you'll truly love living in Chicago! As of today, there are 213 apartments for rent (2 -3 BR, $1500-210/month) near the city's center. Several questions to ask: 1) is living near an exellent public school a priority? 2) do you have pets? 3) parking - getting an apartment with 1 car is fairly easy, but if you need a garage for 2, it may be a challenge. 4) commute - do you need to live near specific transportation routes? the lakefront? When looking for an apartment, availability changes rapidly. Chicago used to have key rent dates- May 1 and October 1, but as more and more families stayed in the city, these dates are less critical, and new listings are regularly available.
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