My boyfriend and I (both 28) are moving to Chicago at the end of the year with work, and I'm trying to get a handle on which neighborhoods we should be looking to rent in. I know this is a big question but I'm hoping you can offer some advice if I tell you what I'm looking for!
Our office is a long way out north in Vernon Hills, so we're looking to rent north of downtown rather than south to reduce the long commute a little. We need to be within a maximum 10-15 minute cab ride from lively nightlife as we go clubbing every weekend (funky house mainly). We are looking for a really nice apartment in a classy, safe, green area, and we will need parking for two cars. Our maximum rent will probably be about $2,200/month, although we might be able to stretch this if necessary.
I've been looking at Lincoln Sq, Albany Park, Lincoln Park, Logan Sq and West Town. Can anyone offer any advice on any of these neighborhoods? Guess I'm looking for a population that is a few years post-college, maybe 25-35 year olds. Am I looking at the right areas and is my rent estimate realistic for a nice place? Any other tips or information that might help me?