Is Garfield Park in Chicago a safe neighborhood?

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Ryan Aydelott Nov 11, 2017
East of the park isn’t bad, west of the park and especially closer to Austin gets to be abit dodgier, crime stats encompass both areas so they are abit misleading. The park is as good as an expressway or railroad tracks as a dividing line.

Let’s be honest however, unless you are in Garfield Park to join a gang or deal drugs, your odds of being a victim aren’t much greater then in the wealthier areas of Chicago. These days robberies on Michigan Ave and $2M Lincoln Park homes with bullets flying in them is the new norm. Truth be told, I feel much more vulnerable in those areas as I’m the target there for robbery, etc.

Areas get developer interest when they become cheap enough for the math to work. In Garfield Park the math is working for quite a few people, hence the near doubling of property values since the Great Recession. Whether or not it’s overpriced when it’s still cheaper then most other Chicago neighborhoods is a personal question for every buyer and seller. At the end of the day the market (those same buyers and sellers) has told us its undervalued based on actual closIng info from the past decade. This is what banks and real money looks at when buying or investing.
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Ryan Aydelott Jan 30, 2017
Like any area in Chicago that hasn't fully redeveloped, it's not the neighborhood you need to think about it's the block. Quite literally there are good blocks next to bad blocks, and it's pretty easy to tell them apart after spending some time in the area.

The crime is actually quite overrated, unless you belong to the small minority of gang members or are completely naive to urban living, you'll actually experience far less property crime (car breakins, etc) then the richer neighborhoods to the east and west. Reality is, people just aren't looking for that kind of stuff out here. Truth be told, as the area continues to improve, that will mostly likely change. This same pattern was seen in the south loop.

I've lived here for over five years, and I can honestly say I've never had any real trouble. I'm a middle aged white professional, so the odds of confusing me for a gang member are pretty slim. In talking with some of my neighbors, that's quite honestly the biggest fear and I would say a very real concern for someone considering moving here, especially if they are under 40 and black.

All in all the area I'm in is close knit and feels more like a village then a city. 20 minutes to downtown, affordable homes, and room to breathe, what's not to like?
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anna-lisac
anna-lisac Thanks for this! My partner and I are considering buying a place in Garfield Park but don't have enough knowledge of the area on a block by block level. Now that it's cold and gray and folks are staying in, I'm not sure we're really getting a feel for the blocks we've visited. Can you be more specific about what areas/blocks you feel good about?

For context, my partner is a young black man and was sometimes mistaken for a gang member when living in Humboldt Park, so that fear is real.
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johnl13 Oct 03, 2016
Garfield Park is being touted as a "hot and up and coming area" by shady realtors who want to inflate housing prices there. It's one of the three most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago, the most dangerous city in the United States, and a major heroin and crack market.

If gentrification happens at all, it will be 5-10 years from now - i wouldn't believe the hype and buy a home whose price has been artificially inflated in an incredibly violent neighborhood.
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BCoughlin 2yrs+
Garfield Park is a fairly unsafe neighborhood. There's a fair bit of crime in much of the area and you can't really call it a safe neighborhood.
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GGChicago 2yrs+
Not one of the safest neighborhoods in Chicago. It has rather dense areas of high crime, with one or two small sections that are okay. Overall, no it's not very safe.
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