Find Your Match!

Find your match!

Yes, what your mom told you is true-just because everyone is doing “it” doesn’t mean “it” is good for you. Whether it’s dying your hair pink, going to medical school, or the carb-free diet- doesn’t mean you should always follow the crowd. The same goes for finding an apartment in the city. Just because all of your friends live in Lincoln Park or Wriglyville, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump, too? Now, that is not to say that living in Lincoln Park or Wriglyville is like jumping off a bridge. They are fantastic places to live. There are just so many other great neighborhoods with less notoriety that I want you to know about, too.

Instead of just going with the crowd and living where they live, I want you to be more educated on the 32 neighborhoods (yes, 32!) throughout the city of Chicago. With the help of my team, and some anecdotal data I have put together a short eight-question Facebook assessment to help you do just that. The assessment is only eight questions long and will match you up with your ideal neighborhood. It will even provide you with a few listings and prices of places in that neighborhood. You can try it out here: http://apps.facebook.com/chicago_quiz/?_fb_q=1 or directly on our site.

I would love to hear about your results and use them to help you find your new happy home in the place that’s ideal for you. Let me know what you think!

-Justin

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Man Finds His Ideal Roommate in a Pillow. Find Yours in a Person.

Ah…the joy of roommates- someone to hang out with on the weekends, go the bar with, and to call and pretend your apartment is on fire when you’re out on an awful date. They can also mean piles of dirty dishes in the sink, hair in the shower, and late rent payments. But what if you had a roommate, or a significant other, who never left a single dirty pot, always put their things away, and never interrupted your phone calls? Sounds pretty appealing. Well 28-year-old Lee Gin-Gyu got all that and more (less is more these days, right?) when he married his current roommate and the woman of his dreams, a five foot two inch pillow.

For the ceremony, Gin-Gyu organized to have a special priest and even made sure the pillow had the perfect wedding dress. Gin-Gyu’s wife goes on many special dates with him to the fair where she rides all the rides, and out to dinner where she gets her own meals. I doubt she has much to say on these outings or at home, but she is a very loyal companion and extremely easy to live with.

Sometimes, living with a roommate can often make us wish we had someone to do all the activities we wanted, pick up their dirty laundry, or who would just shut up and leave us alone. However, living with a roommate, one who talks and walks, and breathes (sorry Lee Gin-Gyu’s wife) can also have many advantages. Studies show that those who live with roommates or significant others are happier overall because they are provided with more social outlets and opportunities for activities. Many also feel safer knowing that there is another person living in their home, and feel comforted having someone to talk with after a long day. Having someone to share the rent and utility costs don’t hurt either. However, in choosing your potential roommate, there are a few things I suggest you consider:

1. Scheduling- Are you a morning person? A night owl who likes to stay up until all hours of the night? Are you in school part time and need it quiet for studying? Love having loud parties? It is best if you and your roommates are in the same stage of life and want similar things out of a living environment.

2. Cleanliness- If you are someone who is incredibly clean and notices every speck of dirt, it is important to live with someone who is on a similar wave length. Otherwise you will constantly be picking up after them and begin feeling resentful.

3. Personality type- This would not be an issue for couples living together. The fact that you are already dating/married would be a pretty good indication that your personalities are a fit. However, for others, it is important to try to live with someone with the same general personality set. A super easy going person would not pair well with a type-A personality.

Having these things in mind, I have no doubt you are well on your way to finding the perfect roommate for your new apartment. . Sure, nothing molds to your body more or can physically fit with you better than a life-sized pillow. But nothing makes for a happier home, than peace of mind with a great roommate!

A Rare Moral Lesson from Reality TV

This past Monday night America found itself in uproar as “The Bachelor’s” Jake Pavelka chose the girl America – along with the rest of the girls in the house – loved to hate, Vienna Giardi. Vienna is rough around the edges, often blunt, and as the tabloids have pointed out has anything but a squeaky clean past. Jake shockingly chose Viena over Tenley, the girl who is angelic, sweet, and someone that any guy would be happy to bring home to mom- the more obvious and sensible choice.

However, upon delving deeper into the circumstances, it seemed Jake had spent his life thus far making the safe and obvious choices. He would listen to those around him and tune out what he actually wanted causing him to end up unfulfilled and unhappy. Through “The Bachelor” Jake has said that he stopped learning to care what others wanted for him and started listening to himself. As much as I did not care for the image of Vienna portrayed on TV I say “bravo!” to Jake for finally trusting his own instincts.

Now, it is rare that pop culture will ever give us moral examples of what to do, but hear me out. Upon moving to Chicago, many often go straight for Lincoln Park, or Bucktown without actually knowing anything about these areas. It is simply that they have heard of them before or that their friends live there- so they make the “sensible” decision that it must be right for them, too. DON’T DO THIS!!! There are SO many great neighborhoods in Chicago. Many less obvious and less explored, and yes, even less popular choices but just as fantastic. Plus, you may just get more for your money.

When looking for your next place, don’t just go straight for the popular choice. Explore Chicago and try to find what neighborhood truly suits your personality- not what others tell you does. Who knows, you may even end up like Jake and discover your true love of Chicago in the process.