I'm with you, kbaumga3—I feel like someone needs to step up and defend Pilsen's honor! We've also lived here a little more than two years (and yes, we moved directly to this neighborhood when we transplanted from DC). While I agree with the general concept that "inexpensive living does not = quality of life," I wouldn't say that applies to Pilsen. I LOVE living here. It truly feels like a small town in the middle of a big city. We can walk to great grocery store, bank, post office, dry cleaner's, multiple coffee shops, awesome restaurants with live music, galleries, bars, parks, pools—pretty much anything you could ever want. We're also super close to downtown, pay $900 a month for a truly nice two-bedroom with tons of natural light and exposed brick and can park for free (non-permit, which is super rare in Chicago 'hoods these days). We feel safe, walk our dog pretty much whenever we want and know our neighbors (and yes, they speak English). It's actually hard for me to imagine our quality of life being higher anywhere else.
What Does It Really Cost to Live in Chicago? Apartment Therapy's Cost of Living Report: Chicago 2013
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