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July 15, 2013

Daniel asks…

Where is a good place to live if i work near O’Hare?

If I work on the east side, around Rosemont and am looking for something that is cheap but safe, where do you suggest? I am looking for a one bedroom or studio apartment.

Administrator answers:

Each of the following areas have middle income and lower middle income housing, are near O’Hare, and do not have high crime rates:

1. Northwest side of Chicago
2. Des Plaines
3. Park Ridge (although it might be costly)
4. Mt Prospect
5. Schiller Park
6. Franklin Park (some parts are a bit industrial)
7. Harwood Heights (Not many apartments)
8. Norridge (Not many apartments)

I don’t recommend Rosemont due to the high levels of airport noise, but it does have some working-class areas.

Robert asks…

How to move to New York from Australia when I am 19?

I am a 16 year old girl from Australia and I want to move to America when I turn 19 and I am just wondering what this will entail? I’ve already been to America twice before, and probably will be going back next year, so I know what it is like. Both times we went to New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, etc… We didn’t really go to the slummy areas, but we didn’t do the whole “tourist thing” by going to Disneyland, Disney World, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Las Vegas sort of thing.
The reason I wish to move to New York is because I am wanting to get a job in the performing arts industry, and the truth is, theres not really anything in Australia. Neighbours, Home and Away. Nothing really interests me. The biggest Film Scene is in NYC.
So how can I prepare to move to New York, I wouldn’t be living directly in the city, about 50 minutes out in Yonkers or something.
I am planning on moving there to take up a four year BFA course.
So how will I find a safe place to live, rent an apartment, buy a car, save up enough money to fund the flight over, expensive university fees and living expenses while there?
Can I use my Australian Probationary (P-plate) License to drive in America or do I need to pass some American driving test?
Insight from fellow Australians that have moved to America or New York would be helpful and great! :) thanks

Administrator answers:

Basically, you can’t. The biggest problem is that in order to legally work here, and support yourself, you will need a “work” visa which YOU can’t get on your own. An American company MUST sponsor you, and they would ONLY do that if you had some rare, unique job skill direly needed in the U.S., and not enough Americans could do that job. Few, if any, 19 year olds meet that qualification.

You can come for College/Uni on a student visa, but again you can’t legally do any work while here (except menial jobs on campus), and once your studies are complete you are required to return to Australia.

If you become famous in the Performing Arts, and make a name for yourself there in Australia, and your agent brings you to the attention of his contemporaries in the U.S. Than may be a path to living here. Understand however that there has only been about 40 Aussies that have ever made the transition in that way.

Please note that it is just as difficult for an American to move to Australia, and take a job away from a qualified Australian.

Lizzie asks…

I am going to USA. How much money should I carry with me?

I am leaving for the US in a fortnight. How much money should I carry with me? I will need to buy food, and probably pay the advance for an apartment, and some extra cash. And how much do I carry in Cash and how much in traveler’s checks?

I am a student and am going to the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Administrator answers:

Live in New York will cost you a lot of money. Studio bedroom probably will cost around $900-1100. And usually they will ask for 1 until 1.5 months deposit. You will probably need to bring $1500 cash and $2000 in traveler’s check.
But in my case, the first time I came here to Chicago, I brought $1500 cash and the rest was I asked my parents to transfer me money through money gram.
Believe me, if you bring a lot of money, in some case, the security in the airport usually ask why you carry that much money ( i got the information from a friend of mine).

Good luck with your studies.

Michael asks…

Can you move to Chicago with no money?

Well, not no money, per se, but very little. I have about $100 right now, and I make $200 every two weeks. (Next payday is this Friday.) I’d like to move to Chicago VERY soon, maybe early May. One way plane tickets are running $65, so I’d have a LITTLE money left for anything else. I might be able to find a couch to crash on for a week or two, and I’m hoping to land a temp job.
Okay, dumbshits, I will obviously have about $500 or so when I go if I leave after two paychecks. $200 every two weeks is what I get paid NOW, will I be working the exact same job in Chicago? That would be quite a commute for a part-time job at a fast food restaurant. I’d obviously be making more (working full time; getting paid almost twice as much) when in Chicago. Lining up a temp job ahead of time was the plan, and my friend has assured me I can stay at her place for a while. Some people seriously have no comprehension skills.

Administrator answers:

NO money… HOPE to land a temp job. And you only have $100 and a plane ticket is $65 leaving you with $35. Well, all I have to say is…


Do NOT move to Chicago with no job lined up, no place to really stay and only $100 in your pocket (less the $65 for the plane ticket. And when you say you might be able to FIND a couch to crash on, what does that mean? How will you FIND a couch? That sounds dangerous. And what if the person you find decides they don’t want you staying there anymore and kicks you out? Where are you going to go with $35? Ok, say you do make $200 every two weeks… Do you honestly think you can live by yourself in Chicago on $100 a week? There aren’t even any apartments for less than $400 a month in Chicago, even in the worst neighborhoods. And what if that job search doesn’t work out for three or four weeks, two months, three months… What will you do then?

YOu sound pretty young (judging from the way you think $100 might be enough). I don’t mean to be mean, but stay where you are, stay in school, get a REAL job, save up some money (about $5000), check the websites like or for a real job and THEN consider moving here. While Chicago isn’t the most expensive city around, it does take some money to live here adequately, even in the most modest of neighborhoods.

WE have no comprehension skills? YOu clearly state that you can crash on a friends couch for a “week or two” and you expect to have about $500. Even if you found an apartment for $500, you have to come up with first and last months rent ($1000 right there) and a security deposit most likely, you have to pay for electricity or heat or both, transportation to and from work (unless your friend is going to drive you every day) and food (unless your friend is going to let you eat all of her food for free).

Even if you hit chicago with $700, you won’t be able to make it a month. You need at least $1000 up front to get an apartment (if the apartment is $500 a month, which mean it will be a crappy studio apartment).

Look, everyone is telling you the truth. You need a job in the city NOW, more money saved up than $700. But if you think $700 is enough to start living in Chicago on your own, go for it. YOu obviously have this all figured out so why are you asking us? Good luck. YOu’ll need it.

James asks…

Good places for Columbia college Chicago students to live off campus?

My boyfriend and I are moving to Chicago in January to start at CCC, we are looking for a studio apt. Around $800 a month. I want to be within a 10min walk of a train and no more than 30mins away in all. We both really like Bucktown. Any other recommendations??

Administrator answers:

A studio for $800? Are you kidding me? You can find 2 bedroom apartments for $800. You can find studios for $475.

The places I’m talking about, live along the Orange and Pink Line stations, that are also 10 minutes from the downtown loop.

Orange Line Halsted station, which is in Brigeport neighborhood, which is predominantly White, Hispanic, and Chinese.

Pink Line train stations include Polk, 18th, and Damen. Along 18th and Damen station are bigger Mexican neighborhoods.

As for Blue Line or Brown Line neihborhoods on the North sides, see what you can find for apartment prices on Craigslist.

Edit: For the 77 neigborhoods of Chicago (community areas), each neighborhood has their own article on Wikipedia. Feel free to check them out for demographic information and such.

Laura asks…

What should I get my boyfriend for Christmas?

I’m 13, he’s 14. It’ll be a month on Christmas Eve since we started going out. I’m not sure what to get him. He loves the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame. He plays basketball, baseball, and football. So, I was thinking like maybe get a Chicago Bears stocking, and fill it with all kinds of things that he likes. But I don’t know what to fill it with? Any ideas would be helpful pleaseee(:

Administrator answers:

Put a sign on you skirt that says
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