Given the lack of details about your preferences, Edgewater is the best neighborhood for a little bit of everything, in my opinion. Rent prices aren't as high as Lincoln Park, it's easier to get around than the further west neighborhoods because of the Red Line and express bus lines that go down Lake Shore Drive, and there is a wealth of shopping, restaurants, schools, and parks, not to mention the beach. A lot of Uptown and Lincoln Park is either luxury housing or cheap student housing, and Wicker Park and Logan Square is not for everyone. Edgewater has the most diverse neighborhood residents I've ever seen, socioeconomically, racially, and in terms of students, families, and young couples living there. Clark & Foster is my favorite intersection in the whole city!