I know this probably the wrong forum to ask, but I found a studio in Pilsen 1800 block of S. Laflin right off the 18 bus stop and 3 blocks from the Pink Line. I've heard mixed things about Pilsen, some people say it's safe others say it's not. It's a nice apartment and my friend lives in another apartment in the same building. The rent's 550 a month and and it's hard wood floors in excellent condition, comes with appliances, free internet. It's actually a three story house the family that rents it out lives on the first 2 floor and the 3rd floor has been converted into 3 studio apartments, my concern is I often get out of class at 10pm so I'm not sure how safe I'm going to feel walking home late at night. I'm a single female in her 20s. I'm considering it because of the price, and I know it's not the ghetto, and I've looked at crime stats and very low violent crime in the area, but you can't know until you move there. My friend assures me it's safe. Think I'd be better off spending extra 200 dollars on the northside where I know for a fact it's safe and move into a crappier and smaller studio?
advantages: my friend who's male 29 and has been through pretty rough times will be living in the same building, cheap mexican food, close to transit, less than 15 minutes to campus, cheap rent (for chicago), low violent crime, though I know there use to be gang activity in the area, but from my understanding that's been dealt with, 3 blocks from an aldi,
disadvntages:not familar with the neighborhood, don't know what it's like after 10pm,
I'm thinking maybe should check out the neighborhood at night sometime, and maybe talk to some of the locals.