Neighborhood Guide

Chicago is a city as diverse and unique as the sum of its neighborhood parts. Often having their own nuances and charm, the neighborhoods of Chicago make for a melding of cultures, dining, entertainment, art and more! Chicagoans have come to take pride in the specific neighborhoods they inhabit, often likening the distinctiveness of their particular neighborhood to its residents. The only thing left to discover is which neighborhood is the best fit for you!

Gold Coast/Mag Mile

Making up the northernmost border of the downtown area, this lavish neighborhood is a confluence of wealth and new age style. Sandwiched between the Bentley Dealerships and Gucci-esque shops of the Mag Mile, some of Chicago’s finest homes are perched high above the city....View Listings

Loop

Named after the central hub and focal point of Chicago’s Rapid Transit system, these raised tracks loop around the heart of the city. Elevated (“EL” or “L”) above and also at times below the busy downtown streets, the nation’s third largest public transit system shuffles people in and out of the city’s epicenter....View Listings

South Loop/Printer’s Row

Located just south of the downtown area, the South Loop neighborhood offers a slightly more affordable alternative to its Loop proper counterpart. And with access to the downtown area just a few short stops down the Red Line, the extra couple minutes of commute time may be a welcome money saver....View Listings

Wicker Park

Deriving its moniker form the wedge shaped Park that sits at its center, this rejuvenated neighborhood has become one of Chicago’s most popular. Transformed by an ever growing number of homes being built and businesses opening, this once sullen neighborhood is now energized....View Listings

West Loop

With a tremendous growth spurt in recent years, the West Loop is quickly becoming another downtown alternative. Close to both major expressways and with public transportation taking you right into the heart of the city, this growing neighborhood has become a slightly less expensive option....View Listings

River East/Streeterville

The most posh neighborhood in Chicago, this small stretch of land just west of historic Navy Pier is home to the most elaborate and fantastic high rise homes in all of Chicago. With many homes sitting high above the city, all views North, South, East and West are guaranteed to be spectacular! Homes in this stately neighborhood are guaranteed to have no expense spared; swimming pools, sun decks, fitness facilities, business centers, garage parking, on site management, and full time concierge services....View Listings

River North

Anchored by the Merchandise Mart (it’s own zip code!), this former warehouse district is industrial meets sophistication. This quickly growing and popular neighborhood is now home to stylish condominiums and designer showrooms....View Listings

River West

Once part of the bustling manufacturing and warehouse district along the riverfront, River West still has its roots in the industrial ages of Chicago. With single family homes sprinkled in amongst exposed brick and timber lofts and active warehouses, this multipurpose neighborhood has a lot to offer....View Listings

Andersonville

An artist’s haven to the north, this well cultured neighborhood lends itself to strolls down tree lined streets. Though newly constructed condos are emerging, this peaceful neighborhood is still vintage at heart....View Listings

Uptown/Buena Park/Sheridan Park

Located along the lakefront in the area just north of Wrigley Field, Uptown, Buena Park, and Sheridan Park all come together. With beautiful rolling parks along the lakefront, this great location makes offers a green alternative and great views....View Listings

Edgewater

Originally developed in the 1880’s as a summer retreat for Chicago’s wealthy, this lakefront neighborhood hugs the shoreline near the northern end of the city limits. Similar in culture to its neighboring Andersonville, its roots in the arts are visible in its Art Deco architecture....View Listings

Lakeview

One of Chicago’s largest by area, this expansive neighborhood has its own sub-neighborhoods! Encompassing Lakeview East, Roscoe Village, the Southport Corridor, and Wrigleyville, this far-reaching neighborhood offers an abundance of living options. From the fast paced and dynamic nightlife around Wrigley Field to the more calm and subdued corner bars distributed throughout the area, this neighborhood offers varying levels of excitement....View Listings

Lakeview East

Hugging the Lake all the way from Diversey to Irving Park Road, this beautiful community is perfect for those that like to spend their summer weekends at the beach! Wildly entertaining, Lakeview East features a robust bar scene, exciting nightlife, unique boutiques, tons of small theaters, coffee shops, the annual Pride Parade and much more! Ranked consistently as one of Chicago’s most walkable neighborhoods, this area best serves those liberated from their costly vehicles. While parking can be challenging, public transportation is never far....View Listings

Roscoe Village/North Center/St Ben’s

This collection of three neighborhoods come together and even overlap as sub-neighborhoods, each having their own distinct character. Spanning from Diversey all the way up to Montrose, East of the Chicago River to Ashland, this spacious region has plush greenery and just a touch more breathing room....View Listings

Southport

Tiny enough to be a sub-sub neighborhood of Lakeview, this small yet distinct area straddles its namesake street, Southport Avenue. The tree lined streets connect to the main drag are characteristic of its north side local....View Listings

Wrigleyville

You don’t have to “Bleed Cubbie Blue” to live in this sub-neighborhood of Lakeview, but you will probably feel a bit more at home if you do. During spring and summer afternoon and evening home games, the area near the ballpark comes alive with fans that are passionate about their north side baseball team....View Listings

Lincoln Park/Depaul

Known nationwide and always a top choice for people moving to Chicago for the first time, Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s most richly green neighborhoods! Every street protected under the canopy of the tree tops, this neighborhood is desirable because of its proximity to downtown, walkability, and historic architecture. DePaul University is a major staple and even has been designated as its own sub-neighborhood....View Listings

Old Town

This desirable neighborhood is an alternative to high-rise just to the south, offering smaller building with larger apartments. With the Brown and Red lines cutting through the heart of this neighborhood, most commute times to and from downtown average less than 15 minutes....View Listings

Ravenswood/Lincoln Square

Reaching the outskirts of Chicago’s Rapid Transit System, this north side neighborhood has larger front lawns and more courtyard style buildings. While having easy access the Brown line throughout most of the neighborhood, the Ravenswood Metra offers an alternative way to get downtown or an easy commute to the northern suburbs....View Listings

Rogers Park/ Rogers Park West

Home to the beautiful campus of prestigious Loyola University, Rogers Park is the cities northernmost neighborhood, stretching nearly two miles west from the lakefront. Sprinkled with a variety of architecture (including some Frank Lloyd Wright buildings), one of the city’s largest arrays of ethnic restaurants (From Peruvian to Ethiopian), and a robust arts culture, this neighborhood is one of Chicago’s most diverse....View Listings

Irving Park/Old Irving Park/Avondale

Initially considered to be the nearest suburbs of the City of Chicago, this tract of land was annexed before the turn of the century. Reminiscent of its origins, it still holds some of its suburban charm....View Listings

Bridgeport

Home to US Cellular Field, this neighborhood comes alive in the Spring and Summer as people flock to see their beloved Chicago White Sox. The birthplace of five of Chicago’s Mayors, this neighborhood has long been known for its hardworking residents....View Listings

Bronzeville

Once home to Louis Armstrong as well as a variety of other famous jazz and blues artists, this neighborhood was once an influential epicenter of the Chicago music scene. Bound to the north by the Stevenson Expressway, the Dan Ryan to the West and the lakefront to the east, its magnificent buildings and green boulevards along south Lakeshore Drive is arguably one of its best features....View Listings

Hyde Park

Anchored by one of the nation’s most acclaimed universities, The University of Chicago takes up nearly a quarter of this neighborhoods land. With its Oxford-like appeal, its neighboring houses and apartments often reflect its appearance and them....View Listings

UIC/Tri-Taylor/Little Italy

Bordered on one side by the Eisenhower and Kennedy Expressways, this neighborhood’s main draw is the University of Illinois Chicago. Just to the West you will find the University’s medical campus as well as Rush University Medical Center and Stroger Hospital....View Listings

Bucktown

Located just to the north of North Ave, and bordered on the sides by the Dan Ryan Expressway and Western Avenue, the much desired and cozy neighborhood is accented by its beautiful tree lined streets and small community parks. With apartments intermixed with the numerous condos and single family homes, rentals are in high demand....View Listings

Ukrainian Village/East Village/Noble Square

Located south of Division Street between Western Ave and the Kennedy Expressway, Ukrainian Village, East Village and Noble Square form the collection of neighborhoods known altogether as West Town. Feeling the results of the popularity boom of its nearby neighbors (Wicker Park and Bucktown), this picturesque neighborhood is rich with greenery....View Listings

Humboldt Park

Named after the picturesque park and part of Chicago’s elaborate boulevard system, this near west side neighborhood reaches from the Western Avenue all the way to Pulaski. The park, which is the focal point of this neighborhood, is reminiscent of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition....View Listings

 

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