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Moving + Living Alone for the first time

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    Copa
    Copa
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    Closest major intersection is Clark/Fullerton. I was initially not planning to stay where I am this long — I kept thinking I wanted a bit more space and a change, so I though I’d move off of the Southport or Paulina brown line stops — but can’t find a place I like more for the price point. And, also, moving sucks.

    If you have a housewarming party, obviously invite DWers ;-), but maybe also invite some neighbors? A friend of mine bought a condo in the Uptown area last fall and her building, like mine, only has a few units per entrance. So she invited all the neighbors she shares an entrance with and met them for the first time at her party. It was a nice gesture on her end, and also nice that they came.

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    Copa
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    Oh, and one other thing that you may have caught wind of: a few el stops will be closed for three years due to construction. My sister lives near me but hates that her rent keeps going up, so she’s been looking to move north. One stop is near Andersonville, I guess, which is an area she had in mind, and it made her change her mind.

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    LadyinPurpleNotRed
    LadyInPurpleNotRed

    How funny @Copa! I’m super close to there as well. It’s a great location. I really like the Southport area, but moving definitely sucks–with that in mind, @Nico–make sure you like the place–check out the surrounding area and make sure you have what matters to you conveniently placed–do you have a grocery store preference, do you need to be near a certain train or bus line? Don’t forget about the cold–something might seem fine while it’s summer, but make sure it’s manageable in the winter too!

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    Copa
    Copa
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    @ladyinpurplenotred If your avatar is your dog, I’m gonna start looking for it on walks with my dog. 😉

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    LadyinPurpleNotRed
    LadyInPurpleNotRed

    It’s not–it’s my brother’s dog–I have a German Shepherd with one floppy ear–feel free to say hi if you see us!

    #844693 Reply
    MaterialsGirl
    MaterialsGirl
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    Yea my place was backed up to Berwyn and was great until… it’s one of the stops that’s closed for the next several (which is really too bad because it’s a lovely neighborhood.. although you could always do north edgewater too closer to granville). But there will be A LOT of construction on the red line until then which means night time jackhammers. So… be aware.

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    ktfran
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    My sister’s place, before she got married, was a great place right off the Damen Brown line. So cute! She misses it. I miss her living there.

    I used to live at Ashland/Grace. I LOVED Southport when I first moved there, but didn’t like how comercial it has been getting in the last couple of years. I do miss Namaskar though.

    Most of my friends now live between Belmont/Irving and Ashland/Damen. They all moved there after I left. UGH!!!

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    MaterialsGirl
    MaterialsGirl
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    also, i’m in for the DW housewarming party 🙂 I’ll bring you food and flowers!

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    Wendy’s sister

    When I was right out of college, I wanted a first floor apartment so that I wouldn’t have to carry groceries or laundry up stairs. I had a bottom floor apartment in the front. One night, after a big storm where the power was out for several hours, I got a knock at the door. I looked through the peephole. I saw a blonde woman, and since I couldn’t see totally clearly, I assumed it was my upstairs neighbor. I was wrong. It was someone with a gun and his accomplice. I’m not saying this to scare you, just to encourage you to make safer choices than I did. Since then, when I lived alone, I chose upstairs, and I insisted on a chain or flip lock on the door in addition to a wide angle peephole.

    Other than that, what I enjoyed about living alone was the peace and not having to worry about what to wear around the house. I made sure my supervisor had an emergency number, in case I ever didn’t show up to work, and I gave a dear friend a spare key to my apartment and car.

    When I was going through periods where I felt better being around people, I was honest with my friends about how I was feeling, and we made more of an effort to see each other. I think living alone made me a more aware friend and definitely made me appreciate the other people in my life more.

    And, if you’re like me, I don’t recommend scary books or movies late at night when no one else is around.

    #844783 Reply
    Dear Wendy
    Dear Wendy
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    Aw, I miss Chicago. Materialsgirl, I also used to live right next to the Berwyn stop — from like 2001-2003 – on Winthrop. I had a (tiny) garage (and a car!); I lived with a boyfriend then, but two apartments later I lived on my own for four years before I moved to NYC, and I loved it! Honestly, there’s not much I didn’t like about living alone except for occasional loneliness, but I like my own company a lot, so even that was pretty rare.

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    Copa
    Copa
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    I have lived in two elevated ground floor apartments in Chicago and have thankfully never had any bad experiences, but agree that higher floor is ideal. One of my cousins lived in Boston for six years after college and had a garden unit for a couple years, and one summer night, she and her roommate forgot to shut a window. When they woke up in the morning, the realized someone had slashed the screen open, come inside, and robbed them. She was really creeped out knowing someone had been in their space while they slept but both were unharmed, thank goodness. There was another time where she woke up to the sound of someone trying to get in through her bedroom window.

    I’m on the third floor of a three-story walk-up now and I’m usually okay with the stairs, but some nights I’m tired and have to take my dog out for one last break, and they do feel rough. But, I don’t have to deal with noise from an upstairs neighbor and have more privacy. I have never felt unsafe in my neighborhood, but do feel safer than I did on the first floor.

    #844826 Reply
    MaterialsGirl
    MaterialsGirl
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    @dearwendy: so close! Did you ever go into Miss Ollie’s? She passed away a few years ago, but I had stopped in for a beer once and experienced the music, dance and the ever present Miss Ollie herself.

    Not sure when they had redone the place I lived in, but the exterior was yellowish brick with red trim. Loved the tree-lines streets up there. Prior to that, I had a place at Catalpa/Broadway (but that was built in mid 2000’s.)

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