Albany Park Boundaries: (4000N) Irving Park to (4800N) Lawrence, and from (2800W) California to (4000W) Pulaski
Located near Chicago’s small North Park and Northeastern Illinois Universities, Albany Park is primarily made up of small families living on the quiet and quaint streets lining the river. A perfect option for the young family who wants to be in a quieter area, Albany Park is a neighborhood known for its diversity. With a large array of ethnic eateries and restaurants from Latin to Korean to Indian, the food lover will feel perfectly at home. Are you a commuter? No problem. Albany Park is conveniently located near the Brown CTA Line and the Edens Expressway.
Andersonville Boundaries: (5200N) Foster Avenue to (5600N) Bryn Mawr, and (1200W) Broadway to (1800W) Ravenswood
With an abundance of two- and three-flats in the midst of Chicago’s North Side, Andersonville has become a charming neighborhood with unique architecture and progressive atmosphere. Art lovers will feel at home with a multitude of galleries and theaters with a quaint, neighborhood atmosphere. With a heavily concentrated Swedish heritage, Andersonville has a diverse base of ethnic cuisine and shops, and the neighborhood residents are proud to maintain a locally-operated commercial environment and a close-knit community.
Avondale is another of Chicago’s neighborhoods which celebrates diversity. Founded by Polish and other Easter European Immigrants, Avondale is a mix of Polish, Latin American and Italian influences. It is also home to one of “Chicago’s Seven Lost Wonders” the Olson Park and Waterfall, which closed its doors in 1971. Avondale also boasts the Hairpin Arts Center which has performance space for art exhibits, dance, film and poetry.
This quiet residential area is made up of blue-collar workers and young professionals who take pride in their neighborhood. Belmont Cragin is home to the Brickyard Shopping Mall and a number of fantastic ethnic eateries reflecting the diversity in the area. Bungalows, cape-cods and two and three-flats make this the ideal residential area for the young family.
Bucktown Boundaries: (1600N) North Avenue to (2400N) Fullerton, and west from (1600W) Ashland Avenue to (2400W) Western Avenue
Modern and historic walk-ups and two- and three- flats create the unique and trendy vibe of Bucktown. Located on the West Side of Chicago, Bucktown residents have easy access to the CTA Blue Line and buses. Bucktown hosts the Bucktown Arts Fest, Around the Coyote Festival, and Gallery Point. With neighborhood bars on every street and amazing restaurants and clubs, Bucktown is a lively neighborhood that appeals to the frequent gallery visitor as well as the young professional.
Buena Park is ideally situated just north of Lakeview and south of Uptown. In contrast to the highrises on the lake in Uptown, Buena Park has beautiful and historic architecture featuring gorgeous mansions. Buena Park residents are proud of their neighborhood and formed one of the strongest neighborhood alliances in the city, Buena Park Neighbors. If you want to live near the lake but don’t want to be in a highrise, Buena Park is the place for you!
Edgewater Boundaries: (5700N) Hollywood Avenue to (6400N) Devon, and from Lake Michigan to (1800W)
Don’t like the frenetic pace of the Loop but want to stay out of the ‘burbs? Welcome to Edgewater. This charming neighborhood features beautiful walk-ups nestled on tree-lined streets with access to the lake shore’s outdoor running paths, gardens and sports fields. Nearby local grocery stores, restauratns and shops further Edgewater’s appeal. Parking is easy to find on the residential streets in Edgewater, but a car is not necessary because of the close proximity to the CTA Brown and Red Lines which makes commuting downtown quick and easy. Read more...
Gold Coast Boundaries: (900N) Chestnut to (1600N) North Avenue and from the lake to (150W) LaSalle
There’s no mystery as to why Gold Coast residents choose this burgeoning area of the city. With some of the finest restaurants in the city and some of the best shopping in the country, the Gold Coast and its beautiful highrises and condos are perfect for someone desiring big-city living. There are plenty of CTA buses and train transportation nearby should you need to venture away from your haven on the lake. The Gold Coast exudes luxury and class, and with modern high-rises and beautiful mansions that overlook Lake Michigan and the Magnificent mile.
Humboldt Park Boundaries: Northern Border: Armitage Avenue, Eastern Border: Western Avenue, Southern Border: Chicago Avenue, Western Border: Pulaski Road
Appropriately named, Humboldt Park has one of the largest parks in Chicago, with 207 acres of outdoor activities including fishing, running paths, and sports fields. Affordable housing and close proximity to many CTA bus lines of the area adds to the appeal of this thriving historic neighborhood. The Paseo Boricua region of the neighborhood hosts the Puerto Rican Peoples Parade as well as the Fiesta Boricua in the summer months. Humboldt Park is home to Riot Fest, a summer music festival and carnival with games, rides and fantastic food vendors. With older frame and bricks houses, flats, courtyard buildings and brick bungalows, Humboldt Park has a home for most anyone.
Irving Park Boundaries: Eastern Border: Chicago River, Western Border: Milwaukee Road, Southern Border: Addison Street, Northern Border: Montrose Avenue
Irving Park is the perfect place if you’re looking for peace and quiet or if you’re starting a family. Single family homes, two- and three- flats and courtyard buildings are in close proximity to local schools. In addition, the adults are walking-distance to the many wonderful restaurants the area has to offer. Easy access CTA Brown Line transportation and the highway make Irving Park accessible to the downtown area.
Jefferson Park is a great historical gem in the City. Home to Jefferson Park, a 7-acre park which is on the National Register of Historical Place, and also home to the Northwest Chicago Historical Society, Jefferson Park residents are serious about preserving their city’s history. Known affectionately to its residents as “Jeff Park,” the area is teeming with artistic and culturally diverse things to do. Check out Taste of Polonia which celebrates the area’s Polish culinary heritage, or Jeff Fest, the neighborhoods summer arts and music festival.
Lakeview Boundaries: (2800N) Diversey to (4000 N) Irving Park, and from the lake to (1600W) Ashland Avenue
Not many people can resist the charms of Lakeview and why would you want to? Lakeview is just north of Lincoln Park and has a varied real estate market. From greystones and courtyard buildings to high- and mid-rises as you go farther east to Lake Michigan, Lakeview offers something for everyone. With Wrigley Field in its midst, Lakeview also offers diverse dinning, drinking and dancing options. Lakeview is home to the annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade and Market Days every summer. Read more...
Diversey (2800 N.) to North Ave. (1600 N.) West to Clybourn and East to the Lake.
This popular north side neighborhood is named after the gorgeous park that covers over 950 acres. Inside the park you will find a museum, running paths, bike trails, a driving range and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Residents love Lincoln Park because of its proximity to the lake, great transportation, a wide range of housing choices and a number of great bars, restaurants, and shopping, including Batter and Berries for brunch!
Close to DePaul University, this area offers condos, homes, high-rises and walkups as options for renting. Lincoln Park borders Lakeview to the north and Old Town to the south and offers the red and brown lines for transportation as well as multiple bus lines. Read more...
Lincoln Square Boundaries: (4400N) Montrose Avenue to (5200N) Foster, and from (2400W) Western Avenue to (2800W) California
If you’re looking for a neighborhood with a small-town feel that has everything you need from food to clothing to transportation, you’re home in Lincoln Square. In Lincoln Square you will find one of a kind shops, restaurants and a movie theater that line the cozy streets, with parks that make Lincoln Square great for families and young professionals alike. With lovely courtyard buildings and two- and three- flats, this area has it all!
Logan Square Boundaries: (2000N) Armitage Avenue to (3200N) Belmont, and from (2400W) Western Avenue to (4000W) Pulaski
Logan Square is a unique mix of mansion-lined residential streets (the neighborhood hosts The Historic Mansion Housewalk every September), and over 100 local eateries that make it a very desirable neighborhood. Longman and Eagle, famous for its exquisite hand-crafted cocktails and outstanding menu, calls Logan Square home. Its prestige can easily be seen with attractions like the Illinois Centennial Monument, located right at the heart of Logan Square. With easy access to the Kennedy Expressway, the CTA Blue Line and multiple bus routes, Logan Square is perfect for downtown and suburban commuters alike.
North Center/St. Bens Boundaries: Eastern Border: Ravenswood Avenue, Western Border: the Chicago River, Northern Border: Montrose Avenue, Southern Border: Diversey Parkway
The North Center/St. Bens area is definitely a residential one. Dominated by two- and three-flats and single-family homes, you will get more for your money in this lovely area. With tree-lined streets and Chicago’s beloved Horner Park nearby, the North Center/St. Bens neighborhood is a great place to start and raise a family. North Center/St. Bens residents who are commuters enjoy easy access to the downtown area via CTA Brown Line.
Old Town Boundaries: (1200N) Division to (2000N) Armitage Avenue, and from (150W) LaSalle to (800W) Halsted
Old Town is the quaint and perfectly situated neighborhood between trendy River North and raucous Lincoln Park. With CTA Red, Brown and Purple Line Transportation residents of this charming and old-world area enjoy the Steppenwolf Theatre and famed Second City Comedy Club amongst their neighbors. Fabulous restaurants like Orso’s and the much acclaimed Alinea also call Old Town home. Old Town-ers choose to live on tree-lined streets but still have access to some most exciting neighborhoods in Chicago, in addition to living only steps from the numerous beloved restaurants, bars and clubs.
This up-and-coming was originally home to Eastern European immigrants and has become much more diversified over the years. With a strong Mexican-American influence, the restaurants are amazing. If you’re a young artist, Pilsen is the place for you. With wonderful and affordable artists lofts as well as townhomes and single family homes. Accessible to the CTA Pink and Orange Lines, Pilsen residents and visitors are able to easily move throughout the city.
Portage Park is located on the northwest side of Chicago and borders Jefferson Park. Residents of Portage Park proudly boast the real Six Corners, the intersections of Cicero Avenue, Milwaukee Avenue and Irving Park Road which is home to a large outdoor shopping center. Portage Park is ideal for families and it is away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, but it is near the Blue Line and the Kennedy Expressway for easy access to downtown and the suburbs. The beautifully restored Portage Theater calls Portage Park home. Here you’ll see silent films and arthouse movies. Not your thing, go to the history Patio theater and check out some new films!
Ravenswood Boundaries: (400N) Irving Park Road to (4800N) Lawrence and from Clark Street to Sacramento
The three-flats and bungalows of Ravenswood, in addition to its trendy restaurant and shop-lined streets make this an all-inclusive area beloved by residents and visitors alike. Ravenswood is not as busy as its neighbor to the south, Lakeview, but unique shops and cafes flourish in this North Side community. The daily commuter living in Ravenswood enjoys getting more for his money as well as easy access to CTA Brown Line to the downtown area, but when the business day is over, Ravenswood residents choose to come right back to their homes, as this neighborhood features a wide range of boutique restaurants and family-owned eateries.
River North Boundaries: (200N) Lake south to (800N) Chicago, and from (150W) LaSalle to (326W) Orleans
If you’re trying to live in a classy downtown neighborhood but want to free yourself from the business district, we present River North. The area is comprised mostly of newer mid-rises. Lofts, condos and town homes populate the area and it claims some of the best restaurants and shops in Chicago. Barney’s New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales are some of the high-end shopping destinations in River North. When you’re done shopping, check out Rick Bayless’ three fabulously authentic Mexican restaurants, Topolobampo, Frontera Grill and XOCO, The Merchandise Mart, on the neighborhood’s Southern edge, is a mall that specializes in upscale interior design and is only a one part of the artistic side of River North. The Merchandise Mart also hosts several conferences including the National Bridal Market and NeoCon.
River West Boundaries: (1200N) Division to (1200N) North Avenue, and from the Chicago River to (1200W) Racine
River West has a vintage feel and is an up and coming area. This neighborhood has housing that spans from mid-rise apartment structures to residential loft conversions to two- and three-flats and townhomes. Trendy restaurants, produce stands, and family-owned bakeries call River West home. The neighborhood itself is fortunate to be surrounded by Wicker Park, Little Italy, River North, The Loop and Greek Town, so the dining, shopping and sightseeing options are endless!
Roscoe Village Boundaries: (3200N) Belmont to (4000N) Irving Park, and from (1200W) Racine to (2000W) Damen
In a word, Roscoe Village is charming. Wide, tree-lined streets, quiet, modern and vintage two- and three- flats are nestled in with the multitude of restaurants, boutique shops, and neighborhood pubs. The people of Roscoe Village take pride in their homes and streets, which can easily be seen by the number of community events, newsletters, and welcoming receptions. That being said, Roscoe Village houses excellent public and private schools and parks, making it a wonderful neighborhood for family-life.
South Loop Boundaries: (1200S) Roosevelt to (300S) Jackson, and from the lake to the Chicago River
The South Loop is interestingly established but still coming into its own. As its popularity and demand is rising daily, you’ll find students and professionals alike in this neighborhood. Really, once you take a look at the South Loop, it’s no mystery why. With close proximity to major CTA Blue, Red, Green and Orange Line transportation and buses on every major street, it’s easy for both commuters and those who work in the Loop. For the Chicago sports man, the South Loop is home to Soldier Field, and for those who like to take in art and culture, Chicago’s major Museum Campuses, featuring the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium, is a great addition to this neighborhood. The area is great for students as well since Roosevelt University, Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute all call the South Loop home. These artistic, intelligent and athletic influences make the South Loop an opportune area for those looking to be ahead of the trend.
Streeterville Boundaries: Chicago River north to Oak Street Beach, from the lake to Michigan Avenue
Nestled on the east coast of the downtown area, Streeterville is designed for the professional who wants to strike a balance between work and play. Streeterville residences consist mainly of high rises, and while Streetervillians can get to work in a snap, playing hooky and hitting up the Museum of Contemporary Art or Navy Pier is always an option. Close to Lake Michigan and the local Expressways this area is a great place to live and play.
Loop Boundaries: Chicago River south to Congress Parkway, and from the lake to the Chicago River
Looking to live in the loop? Can’t say we blame you! The Loop’s got a ton to offer for anyone. Mostly high-rise apartment and condo buildings, the Loop is home to numerous prestigious Chicago university campuses, museums and Millennium Park. During the summer, the Loop residents can check out Grant Park, Movies in the Park and enjoy free live outdoor concerts. Living in the loop means you’re walking distance to some of the city’s great summer festivals like Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago and Blues Fest. Want to get away from the downtown hustle? No problem! In the Loop you’ll have easy access to CTA bus and train lines so getting to any part of the city is a breeze!
Ukrainian Village is constantly being revitalized. At the same time, residents and tourists can enjoy an old-world feel, with stunning churches and cathedrals. The nearby CTA Blue Line and multiple bus routes make the Loop easily accessible to residents and visitors.
University Boundaries: (800W) Halsted to (1600W) Ashland), and from (1200S) Roosevelt to (600S) Harrison
University Village, located on the West Side, is currently being rebuilt and reborn as stylish new eateries and bars are being introduced to a trendy and sought after residential area. The aptly named University Village is home to the University of Illinois at Chicago. Residents of this newly revived area include students, professionals and families. University Village enjoys a strong Italian-American influence which affords it a vast array of fabulous old-world Italian restaurants and the famous Maxwell Street Market. With the Loop only 10 minutes away, this area is perfect for the commuter who wants to live outside of the hustle of downtown. The housing Village is diverse, with loft conversions and luxury townhomes in addition to two-flats and rowhouses, with new homes being built all the time.
Uptown Boundaries: Northern Border: Foster Avenue, Eastern Border: Sheridan Road and Lake Michigan, Southern Border: Montrose Avenue, Western Border: Clark Street and Racine Avenue
Uptown is a haven for Chicago music-lovers. With the Aragon Ballroom, Riviera Theatre and the Green Mill there’s a music venue no matter what your taste. Uptown is also host to gorgeous beaches for humans, and Puptown Dog Park for their canine friends. Uptown is also home to diverse restaurants, cafes and bars that make this a vibrant and thriving North Side community.
Wicker Park Boundaries: (1200N) Division to (1600N) North Avenue, and from (1600W) Ashland Avenue to (2400W) Western Avenue
Wicker Park, much like Bucktown, is an arts haven. Home to a bevy of unique restaurants and galleries, Wicker Park is perfect for Chicagoans who want to be in a hip location without the downtown frenzy. Wicker Park boasts many antique and vintage shops, record stores and high-end boutiques.
West Loop Boundaries: (300N) Lake to Eisenhower Expressway, and from the Kennedy Expressway to (1600W) Ashland Avenue
The West Loop is a great blend of mid- to high-rise homes in a culturally diverse neighborhood. Whether you’re looking for gyros and kebabs in Greek Town, going for a up-scale meal at the famed Marché restaurant, or in the want to catch a Bulls or Blackhawks game at the United Center, you’re going to love the dynamic experience you’ll have in the West Loop.
Wrigleyville Boundaries: Northern Border: Grace Street, Eastern Border: Fremont Street, Southern Border: Cornelia Avenue, Western Avenue Border: Racine Avenue
As you can tell by its name, Wrigleyville is home to the storied and beautiful Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs and the Mecca for many baseball fans. Remember when the Hawks won the Stanley Cup and fans flooded the streets? They did it in Wrigleyville. Home to innumerable bars and restaurants, this vibrant area is fantastic for the college student and the long-suffering Cubs fan. Bordering the upscale shops and restaurants of Lakeview, the Wrigleyville resident can experience the electricity of Opening Day and can commiserate with fellow fans in the many bars on Clark Street come October.