If you need the CTA Blue Line and want a comfortable new or "newer" construction condo, you might consider Logan Square near the North Kedzie and West Fullerton intersection.
The intersection is two blocks from the CTA Logan Square Blue Line stop and the Boulevard shops and restaurants.
I just represented a client of mine in a huge two bedroom, two bathroom new construction condo for under $250,000. The location is perfect for his commute downtown to law school. The condo has a split floor-plan perfect for a room-mate situation.