On Topic Chicago but Off topic Real Estate....

5 Replies | Chicago, Illinois

My teenager has been asked to participate in an all day event at Hamilton Park. I have never been there and do not know that exact area at all.

Any safety concerns in this area?  I am vaguely aware that sometimes a park can have unique "turf" issues that are different from the surrounding neighborhood and can be tricky....or maybe that is a myth I have fallen into from media coverage. My cognitive bias (white, north side) brain seems to think I hear about a lot of shootings that happen at parks when a lot of people gather on weekends in the summer.

@Eric M., violence can happen anywhere in any city. You should be more worried about your teen while he is in school. Tell your teen to be aware of his surroundings and don't act like a tourist. OR, you can lock him in his bedroom for the rest of his life.

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Originally posted by @Ray Harrell:

@Eric Michaels, violence can happen anywhere in any city. You should be more worried about your teen while he is in school. Tell your teen to be aware of his surroundings and don't act like a tourist. OR, you can lock him in his bedroom for the rest of his life.

Thanks for the way off base and unnecessary parenting tip. If you only knew how off base you were. There is a massive difference between doing a bit of research on an area....EXACTLY what we recommend real estate investors do when investing in these areas...and locking her in her bedroom for life.

Apparently that massive difference is too nuanced for you.

@Eric Michaels, I'm directly on target actually. You are asking people here if certain areas of the city (code for where brown and black people tend to live) are dangerous for your child. You would not have asked this question if your child was going to Navy Pier (knife stabbing there last weekend), or the Gold Coast (constant robberies), or Lincoln Park (shootings). Your underlying question wasn't about the safety of your child, but about what type of people live in the area of the park. Your child is in no more danger going to Hamilton Park for an event than he is going to any other park for an event, including Millennium and Grant Parks, or being in a public place (work, school, mall).

Tell your child to simply be aware of their surroundings and act like they belong there. People tend to prey on fear.

Unfortunately, your self-admitted "cognitive bias (white, north side)" has cause you to ask a question that screams racism to those who know what it looks like.