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"Big city life - lots of people"

There are always a lot of people walking down the streets but I don't think it'd be the best place to raise children and such as there are often hobos going around and asking for money. They follow you and keep on asking for money and I don't think that would be the best for a child to encounter.
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andie1 Any large city is going to have an undesirable element to it, however if you pick the right neighborhood you will do fine, especially with young children. There is so much a city like Chicago has to offer to young children and adults as well. It saddens me to see people concerned about how city life will affect young children and young adults. At the end of the day we can only do so much to protect our children; pulling them out of major cities won't do it as bad things happen everywhere.

Chicago has some truly amazing and charming neighborhoods and a great deal of experience to offer kids who grow up in the city. My suggestion to any and all people planning a move to Chicago (or any major city for that matter) is to do your research and do it thoroughly.

Check out different areas at different times of the day to see what is going on. Read public forums, get to know some people from the area who are willing to give an honest opinion about it. Above all else accept the good with the bad and work to combat as much of the bad as possible.

No one place is the ideal for every single family. Tons of families do well making their lives in Chicago. Other families are better off in the suburbs or in more rural settings. To each their own.
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"Not the best place to raise a family"

I personally don't think this place would be all that great for people who are thinking about raising a family there. It wouldn't be TOO bad of an idea if you had no other choice but it could be much better is what I'm trying to say
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