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Relocating to Chicago, from Rio

Soooo....I'm moving back to the US (Chicago) in 7 weeks and would like to get recommendations on neighborhoods to live in. I'm primarily looking for neighborhoods where one can walk to restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, and still be fairly close to the lake (kite surfing). I'm currently living in Rio, loving life and sunshine, not excited about winter, but have always enjoyed the city life. Any tips or recommendations on neighborhoods or particular streets would be very appreciated (enough to warrant several drinks as payment when I arrive).

I'll be in Chicago next month for an apartment hunting visit and would love to already have neighborhoods in mind. So far I've heard great things about Wicker park and Lakeview.

Also, if you know a realtor please pass that info my way as well.

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