please advice good investment deals in chicago(i'm also planning to be in one unit while i rent other units but this is going to be my first investment,,

want to be in a safe neighborhood and also be able to rent out and start making some money with the cash in hand.. 

whats the safe investment, how much cash should i have in order to invest in multifamily and start making use of money in hand.. is this a good time to invest and buy property in chicago or is it better to wait another few months?