A city that has the feel of a New York but on a much smaller scale, Chicago is the hub of arts, culture, business, food, sports and nightlife in the Midwest. The hard question is, with so much to choose from, what neighborhood in the Windy City is best for you?
Chicago is known for its accessibility via the El train, so unless you decide to veer off into the suburbs, transportation should never be an issue. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular neighborhoods in Chicago. However, it is important to remember that no matter where you decide to call home, you cannot go wrong with any of these neighborhoods.
Looking to take advantage of all Chicago has to offer? Then look no further than Logan Square, located on the historic west side of the downtown district. If the hottest restaurants and newest bar openings excite you, then Logan Square might be your best bet. Known for its world-class dining institutions, Logan Square is a thrilling mix of historical means modern in this ultra-happening area.
Lake Michigan has long been one of the draws for people who move to Chicago, and it is easy to see why. With its stunning views, gardens, and public beaches, living by Lake Michigan is Chicago living at its finest. Lakefront property is not cheap, but there is a way to live near the lake without paying the exorbitant prices. Welcome to Edgewater and Andersonville! Besides both being stunning historic districts with heaps of charm, both are within walking distance to the beach. These are great options for those who want proximity to the water at affordable prices.
15-20 minutes north of downtown Chicago is Lakeview and Lincoln Park, one of the most popular areas thanks to its lively nightlife. Nestled in Lakeview is Wrigleyville, home of the famous Wrigley Field. If being surrounded by plenty of action is where you want to be, then Lakeview might just be perfect for you. With its abundance of restaurants and bars (especially sport themed ones), there is always something to do.
Just south of Lakeview and a bit pricier due to its prime location, Lincoln Park is one of the most fashionable places to live. With excellent schools, this thriving community has plenty of restaurants, nightspots and shopping all within walking distance. At 1,200 acres, Lincoln Park has plenty of outdoor activities such as bike trails, recreational fields, exercise paths and a conservatory. Perhaps the best-known however is Lincoln Park Zoo, a 35-acre zoo that is one of the last free zoos in the country, right in the heart of Lincoln Park.
Looking to be a part of the downtown bustle without paying the downtown prices? Then West Loop may be calling your name. With spacious units, two parks, and plentiful parking in comparison to other nearby downtown areas, West Loop has a lot going on, especially for art lovers and food lovers. Home of the Randolph and Fulton St. markets, this is vibrant neighborhood has a lot to offer.
If you are looking to get bang for your buck, then look no further than Wicker Park and Bucktown. About five miles away from downtown, this area is abundant in diversity and affordable in cost. You get the best of both worlds here; you’ll find high-end establishments next to sports and dive bars. There is something for everyone in these laidback, artistic neighborhoods that border North Avenue.
Seven miles south of the downtown Loop is home to one of the country’s most respected universities, The University of Chicago. Full of history and exquisite architecture (Frank Lloyd Wright designed his masterpiece the Robie House here), Hyde Park is country living with an urban feel. The greenest of all Chicago neighborhoods, Hyde Park is tucked in between Washington and Jackson Parks, so if you are a nature lover that wants the convenience of city living, then Hyde Park should be high on your list.
Looking for a little luxury? This thriving community is home to many of Chicago’s top attractions such as the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium. The proximity to the Lake Michigan and the downtown business district make this a must-have area for those who are looking for a more higher end lifestyle.
Popular for families, this tight-knit community has a village feel (hence the name). With quaint restaurants and shops on the tree-lined streets, Roscoe Village has a vintage meets modern aesthetic. Roscoe Village boasts the honor of having the largest proportion of antique stores in the Midwest. Affordable and car-friendly, there is little not to recommend about this unique neighborhood.
Gold Coast / Old Town
Old wealth meets new money in this hot neighborhood with a gorgeous lakefront view. The closest neighborhood to being downtown without actually being downtown, homes here run quickly into the millions. With high-end shops lining the streets and plenty of five-star restaurants to choose from, the Gold Coast/Old Town area is as upscale as they come.