Chicago's Greatest Neighborhoods
Chicago's Greatest Neighborhoods
- Bucktown As recent as a decade ago, Bucktown had been known as a haven for the artsy set. In the past ten years however, the neighborhood has really grown in popularity and the landscape has changed significantly.
- Edgewater Scandinavian culture , has played a large part in how this area has defined itself. This is evidenced by the several shops promoting their customs and cuisine in the neighborhood - many of which can be found on one of its major thoroughfares, Clark Street in Andersonville.
- Gold Coast Bounded by the Lake to the east, Chicago Avenue to the south, LaSalle Street to the west and North Avenue to the north, this neighborhood has (and likely continue to) enjoyed a reputation of money and respect. It's proximity to the heart of downtown Chicago is tough to beat.
- Lakeview Aptly named for its location next to the lake, Lakeview benefits from a premier location in Chicago's landscape.
- Lincoln Park The real estate in Lincoln Park has seen phenomenal appreciation over the years. All types of housing - from condos to townhouses to single-family homes - have remained immensely attractive to the throngs of homebuyers who continue to purchase here.
- Logan Square This area has a very European feel to it. The most dramatic example of this is the wide boulevards that run the heart of the neighborhood (the largest of which is the main street - Logan Boulevard). In the center of Logan Square, from which the area gets its name, is a marble column that marks the celebration of the statehood of Illinois in 1818.
- Loop The term "The Loop" comes from the actual loop that is made by the elevated train (the "el"). As the "el" winds its way around downtown, it follows the tracks surrounding the loop: Franklin Street to the west, Lake Street to the north, Wabash Avenue to the east and Van Buren to the south.
- Old Town Old Town is well known these days for its eateries, stores and nightlife. Although it shares a border with the Gold Coast, the feel of Old Town is more relaxed and easy going. The main thoroughfare, Wells Street between Division Street and North Avenue is home to just about everything.
- River NorthRestaurants, bars, and hotels can be found everywhere here. Bounded by Chicago Avenue to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, the Chicago River (not surprisingly) to the south and west, this area has a premier location, and it shows. Many of Chicago's most popular restaurants are in River North, running the gamut in every conceivable size, shape and flavor.
- Rogers ParkRogers Park is the northernmost neighborhood in the city of Chicago bordering with the town of Evanston, and it is the only place that has direct access to Lake Michigan from it's streets. The remaining borders are Western Avenue to the west, Devon Avenue to the south, and of course Lake Michigan to the east. It covers enough ground to actually be divided into two neighborhoods: East Rogers Park and West Rogers Park.
- Roscoe VillageOnce a sleepy area to the west of Lakeview has blossomed into a very desirable neighborhood. The area has easy access to downtown by way of "the el", buses, and is not far from the major highway running through the city, the Kennedy Expressway.
- South LoopThe original residential area in south loop was an area known as "Printer's Row", a small pocket just south of the Loop covering about nine square blocks (Congress Expressway to the north, Michigan Avenue to the east, Roosevelt Street to the south and Financial Plaza to the west). This area was the first to be rehabbed in the area, starting in the early 1980's.
- St. Ben'sThis is a small , quiet, quaint area made up mainly of single-family homes and brick two flats. The wide tree-lined streets and welcoming parks make this an attractive place for many to move to. The "el" makes the trip downtown a quick one.
- Ukrainian VillageThis neighborhood gets its name from many of the residents that have lived here for well over a century. It is well know for its beautiful tree-lined streets, ethnic restaurants, and large number of churches. Located less than two miles north west of downtown, it's an easy commute by bus or car. While not directly serviced by the "el", the blue line runs close by.
- UptownThis neighborhood has run the full spectrum during the past century. In the late 1800's until the Great Depression, Uptown as known as an expensive playground for those could afford the area. Mainly, the inhabitants were people living in downtown Chicago who would spend their weekends relaxing by the Lake or shopping in one of the many ritzy department stores that operated here.
- Wicker ParkThe artsy folks that once inhabited Bucktown have emigrated south, and many have planted roots in this funky enclave. Wicker Park, after which the neighborhood gets its name, is just south of the northern border of North Avenue, located on Damen Avenue.
- WrigleyvilleNot surprisingly , this neighborhood gets its name from the home of Chicago's North Side professional baseball team, the Chicago Cubs. Located at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, Wrigley Field is the centerpiece of this vibrant area, a neighborhood located within the boundaries of Lakeview.