My Kind of Town...hopefully
I'm moving to Chicago and want to live in the city (no burbs). As I, like many of you, base alot life's choices around food, I was where would be the neighborhood to live in order to walk to great restaurants, grocery stores, butchers, wine bars, etc. I was thinking Wicker or Lincoln Park, but having visited Chicago twice, I really don't know. Obviously this is entirely subjective, but I'm curious as to what the locals think. Thanks.
As Wak said, those two neighborhoods you mentioned are completely dissimilar and yet both are great options for foodies. I think Wicker Park is easier to get great food in on foot, but Lincoln Park has extraordinary options for not just food but activities as well (if you have a car or don't mind delivery).
Any particular types of food/restaurants you prefer? Age helps, too, as I wouldn't tell a conservative 57-year old from Sioux Falls to move to Wicker Park, nor would I tell a crazy 26-year old Chelseaboy to move to Lincoln Park.
Thanks Wak and Jungmann. I'm 26 and a young professional. I prefer cutting edge food (I loved Blackbird when I was in Chicago last), but I like everything from hotdogs to sushi. I don't want to live next to 50 nightclubs, but I don't want lights off everywhere at 11 on a Friday either. Descriptions of food and opinions of neighborhoods would be greatly appreciated, as I'd like to solidify some neighborhoods to view spaces prior to moving.
So many Hounders moving to Chicago! There have recently been a few similar posts on the same topic. Take a look over the past few days. General thoughts seemed to be that there are a lot of good restaunts and stores in a lot of neighborhoods, so its hard to go wrong. Its not like some towns where all the good restaurants are in one neighborhood.
If you like to cook, there is an excellent book on local food stores called "A Cooks Guide to Chicago" by Marilyn Pocius that has extensive lists of food, beverage, and cooking supply stores, including big sections for a wide variety of ethnic markets, etc.
Good luck and welcome. As a downtown resident, I agree that you're making the right move by moving downtown.
FYI, Lincoln Park and Wicker Park are very different neighborhoods. Both nice, but plenty of other great places as well - bucktown, ukranian village, old town, near north, streeterville, west loop, south loop, lakeview, wrigleyville, etc.... Take your time looking around if you can. Personally, if you're going to be here for a while, I'd say rent for six months to get to know the city before deciding where to live.