Chicago Insider: Wrigleyville Grad Student Haverly Damon

Haverly Damon moved to Chicago a couple of years ago and has already figured out where to get a great Champagne brunch; how to have a car at her disposal for cheap; and how to get her landlord to lower her rent. She tells us why she's settling into Chicago nicely after 10 years in New York City.

Name, Age, Occupation:
Haverly Damon, 29, Grad Student in Institutional Real Estate Marketing

Neighborhood: Wrigleyville a.k.a. Lakeview a.k.a. Boystown

Abode: One-bedroom apartment

How long have you lived in Wrigleyville? Two years

What do you love most about your neighborhood? I live right on the lake, like 20 feet from the entrance to the lake path. I can run and see all the boats in the harbor and everyone out being active -- even when it's cold out which is crazy to me!
Best kept secret in Wrigleyville/Lakeview/Boystown?

A restaurant called Angelina. It's an Italian restaurant and on Sundays they have a Champagne brunch. For 20 bucks you can get food and Champagne, essentially its all you can drink. They crank up the music and it becomes a party and all these fabulous people come in and are getting blown away on Champagne. I took my mom there the first time because I didn't realize how it was. I encourage people to go there before Cubs games because its right next door and for 20 bucks you're ready for the game.

There's also a street called Broadway, one over from Lake Shore Drive. There are tons of fun cupcake and ice-cream shops and you can walk around. It's a nice neighborhood feel. If you don't want to go far from home you can go to this little street and get just about anything you want.

Favorite way to spend a Saturday night in your neighborhood?
A lot of my friends have buildings with roof desk so we barbecue and everyone brings things. One friend lives near Wrigley and we went and heard Elton John's concert from the roof. We couldn't see it but we heard the whole concert and had a barbecue and hung out. The winter is so miserable and the minute its nice out everyone goes outside.

Even when it's cold though there are tons of fun pubs and restaurants, the 'everyone knows your name' type of places. For college games it seems like everyone went to one of those big schools so there are always parties and everyone's having fun with their shirts and beers.

You moved to Chicago from New York City, how are you liking it?
It's more livable. Everyone's friendlier, everything is a little slower, it's a wide-open-spaces kind of thing. The apartments here are bigger so you can find more for less money. It's been more affordable and I've been able to catch up from 10 years in New York City. You get so used to New York City and as soon as you have more space you are like, how did I do that for so long! Now I actually have furniture.

With your graduation months away do you have any plans to move apartments?

I was thinking I might move apartments but the landlord made me an offer I couldn't refuse: They lowered my rent and gave me a discount. They actually lowered my rent! That's the first time that's ever happened to me. It was incredible so I am staying.

Any suggestions for working grad students like you?

I use zip cars to get around. I needed a car but didn't want something I was only going to use one day a week. I know they have them in a lot of big cities and they worked great for me. Your fee is by the hour and includes insurance and gas and it's eco friendly, too.

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