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Old 07-08-2006, 06:06 PM   #21
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From what I understand, Chicago has one of the best job markets in the nation. This was just reported the other day when W. was in town for his birthday. The neighborhoods mentioned above are excellent, if on the more expensive side. Which I'm sure you've found out. But if you want to live close to the city, those are ideal.

A few "bad" areas are obviously the West side and the South East side. Though, as with any big city, there are bad people everywhere.

Good luck Chicago really is an amazing city. I hope you'll love it here as much as us natives do.
I'm still kicking the entire idea around but it's great to hear so many positive things!!! Now I just have to get there, line up some interviews and see if I even like it It's good to know a lot of you are there i
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That's so nice of you thanks! I am looking to come sooner then later...Did you have a job lined up when you got there? How did you do it?
No ... actually I started working at Borders when I got here and then I got a real job. I actually moved out here for jobs and I have been pretty lucky.

Also if your looking for an apartment, chicago apartment finders is pretty good, you don't have to pay ... they get paid by getting you into an apartment... and it's how I found my place.
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No ... actually I started working at Borders when I got here and then I got a real job. I actually moved out here for jobs and I have been pretty lucky.
A big reason why I am going as well is for the job market. I actually have been looking daily on Craigslist to see what's out there.Being I'm in New York, here the job market sux and the housing market is crazy so I'm sure it'll be much better. However, I'd never be so lucky, I'd have to find something first!
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Oh and my bf lives in Lemont which is about 45 minutes from the city. One of my favorite areas near where he lives is Tinley Park.

I grew up in Orland Park which is Tinley's neighbor.
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So are the Lincoln Park, Lakeview, South Loop/Lakeshore Drive areas good?
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Lakeview, Roscoe Village, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Near North, Gold Coast, Wicker Park, Loop/South Loop are all nice but there are nice places to live all over the city.

If you're looking to rent check out the Chicago Reader too. They have a great search option.

www.chicagoreader.com
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Lakeview, Roscoe Village, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Near North, Gold Coast, Wicker Park, Loop/South Loop are all nice but there are nice places to live all over the city.

If you're looking to rent check out the Chicago Reader too. They have a great search option.

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Cool thanks! but I would need to find a job first

If anyone has recruiters they could recommend that'd be helpful.
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Old 07-11-2006, 04:35 PM   #28
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We live in the West Loop and it's fantastic--the housing is not the deal it was 8-10 years ago but still a bigger bang for your buck than Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Roscoe Village, etc. I've lived in Chicago 15 years and grew up in the 'burbs so I've kind of been all over the place.

What kind of a job are you looking for?
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I grew up in Orland Park which is Tinley's neighbor.
How cool! lol. Ive only been to Orland Park a couple of times but it's also a very nice area
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We live in the West Loop and it's fantastic--the housing is not the deal it was 8-10 years ago but still a bigger bang for your buck than Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Roscoe Village, etc. I've lived in Chicago 15 years and grew up in the 'burbs so I've kind of been all over the place.

What kind of a job are you looking for?
I'm open to anything new but my specialty is real estate.
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ok so just to update, this mad thought of moving is now on hold. I just got a new job in NY after searching FOREVER..I am scared to death of change especially since I have to actually be up in the morning and commute into the city. I haven't done that in about 10 years. I am an independant contractor and I can go into my office and schedule my appointments whenever I feel like it. This is going to be soooo rough I am so nervous for this! The guy who hired me barely asked me any questions let alone for references and pretty much asked when I can start as soon as he saw me. When I told him I'd let him know, he said what's to think about this is a great opportunity for you! I guess they just really needed a body in there. Hopefully, I'm wrong. I am basically looking at this as a great opportunity to learn as much as I can from a different real estate perspective. Hopefully I'm worrying for nothing. After all change can be good.
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I hope that is what you are looking for Wish you nothing but the best of luck! Sure everything will turn out good for you
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