Home again, home again... sort of.
October 4, 2006 10:50 AM Subscribe
I want to fall in love... with my new Chicago neighborhood.
posted by FlamingBore to society & culture (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Until very recently I'd been working on relocating to San Francisco. I finally heeded the signs that kept coming and called off that plan. Instead, I'll be returning to my home town of Chicago.
As a Chicago native I'm familiar with the general area, but none of the specifics. I spent all 30 of my Chicago years in and around Andersonville, but I've just signed a sublease in the West Bucktown area near Armitage & Western starting November 1. All I know of the area I'll be living in is Margie's and it's proximity to Wicker Park.
Help me fall in love with my new neighborhood the way I love Andersonville. I'll be working from home, so I'll spend the majority of my time in the area. What should I be sure to check out to give me a good feel for the place?
Are there any decent gyms for a woman to work out in?
Good loungey/cocktaily bars to grab a pint/cosmo from that aren't too smokey?
Good places for breakfast? What about grocery stores near Armitage & Western?
Any places I should flat out avoid as nasty, dangerous or just lacking in some basic way?
Details to help: Mid/late 30s, queer, woman, into photography, works too much for an Internet company, living alone. May keep my car, but am likely to sell it either before or shortly after moving.