Lincoln Park residents have it all – from the arts to its famed zoo – right in their backyard. It’s no wonder the North Side neighborhood is one of the most sought after in the U.S. The neighborhood includes quiet tree-lined residential blocks, top-rated schools, DePaul University, and two major museums in addition to the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the country’s oldest zoos. There’s also a wide array of entertainment, eateries, and hotspots. An evening in Lincoln Park might include seeing a play at the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre and dining at a Michelin-rated restaurant or a quaint neighborhood café. Sports fans will find as many dive bars with the game on as foodies will find fine-dining restaurants with al-fresco seating.
Lincoln Park is just as delightful by day. Residents are close to the lakefront and North Avenue Beach, where there’s bound to be a volleyball tournament in action and beach-goers taking advantage of the kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board rentals. Then there’s the parks, farmers markets, festivals, and countless shops, ranging from upscale boutiques on Armitage to larger retailers at the Clybourn Corridor.
Housing stock ranges from smaller townhomes and vintage condominiums to rehabs and new construction. Buyers around DePaul University can find loft condominiums in converted factories and warehouses. On its eastern edge, Lincoln Park features beautiful vintage brownstones along with high-rises with breathtaking views of the lake, park, North Pond Nature Sanctuary, and city skyline.
Located just two miles from downtown, Lincoln Park offers residents a quick commute to work. Public transportation abounds, with the CTA’s Brown and Red lines serving the neighborhood in addition to several bus routes and Lake Shore Drive.
With its location and mix of city parks, restaurants, bars, and theaters, Lincoln Park is virtually unrivaled among urban neighborhoods.
As an artists’ community, nightlife hotspot, foodie destination and shopping mecca, Bucktown is undisputedly one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods. Bucktown’s restaurant scene is diverse and local friendly. Residents also enjoy a unique mix of independent bookstores, shops, bars, galleries and theaters. Meanwhile, upscale retailers have made the neighborhood a designer destination with Damen Avenue emerging as a must-shop destination. The 606 Trail is popular among locals and brings together an exciting mix of art, history, design and recreation. Overlooking the six corners intersection, a stunning Art Deco skyscraper is now a modern boutique hotel with a rooftop bar and amazing views. A stately historic bank building on the corner is now home to a pharmacy with stunning archways and stained-glass ceilings that embody happy and healthy.
Located a few miles northwest of The Loop, Bucktown has a variety of housing including modern new construction, stately brownstones and loft apartments and condominiums. Between the CTA’s Blue Line and numerous bus routes, public transportation makes it easy for commuters to get to The Loop and suburbs. Likewise, drivers appreciate being able to hop on the Kennedy Expressway just east of the community.
Chicagoans will find more than a few of their favorite things in Lakeview, one of the largest neighborhoods on the city’s North Side. For starters, there’s Lakeview’s proximity to the beach and public transit, quiet residential streets, thriving restaurant and bar scene, and Wrigley Field. Then there’s the neighborhood’s historic theaters and notable architecture. The Music Box Theater has been operating since it opened in 1929, originally showing silent films accompanied by a live organ player. It now plays independent and foreign films.
Did we mention the outdoor festivals, farmers markets, nightlife, and cultural attractions? Lakeview is home to the Belmont Theater District with over 30 theaters and live performance venues near the Belmont “L” station. Residents also have a front-row seat to the Chicago Marathon, Chicago Pride Parade, and Bike the Drive. And we can’t forget shopping – shops on the Southport Corridor, independent businesses on Lincoln Avenue, and unique boutiques sprinkled throughout the neighborhood.
Lakeview includes a variety of housing styles and prices. Homes run the gamut from vintage walk-ups, condominiums, new construction three-flats, loft buildings, converted courtyard buildings, and high-rises. There are also a variety of single-family homes from stately mansions near Lincoln Park to contemporary new construction throughout the neighborhood.
If River North had a motto, it would be “Build it and they will come.” First came the art galleries and restaurants, then hip, urban homebuyers followed. Stretching from the Chicago River to Chicago Avenue, west of the Magnificent Mile, the old loft district has found its groove. Dozens of residential developments in recent years give buyers a lot of choices, from classic timber lofts and upscale row homes to contemporary high-rises. Development has also pushed west of the Chicago River into an area dubbed River West, which includes a number of new condominium buildings. Chicago's biggest office building, the Merchandise Mart, anchors the southern edge of the neighborhood along the revitalized Chicago River and the new pedestrian Riverwalk that includes restaurants and park seating along with kayak and boat rentals. Residents have convenient access to several bus lines as well as the CTA Red and Brown lines. Home to many of Chicago's premier eateries with famed chefs, River North is where you will find the finest steakhouses and just about every type of cuisine. The neighborhood is packed with shopping, entertainment and nightlife, including some of the city’s trendiest clubs and favorite hangouts.
We would call the South Loop a boomtown – but that would be an understatement. Chicago's original Gold Coast in the late 19th century, the South Loop was once home to the likes of Marshall Field, George Pullman, and Philip Armour. Today the vibrant neighborhood is known for its access to the lakefront, shops, restaurants, parks, Museum Campus, and The Loop. The area continues to evolve and is in the midst of a major transformation, with residential construction booming. Large developments planned and underway include mixed-use projects along the Chicago River and a number of supertall skyscrapers including 1000M – a 74-story luxury condominium tower designed by Helmut Jahn. Meanwhile, several apartment buildings are under construction, bringing thousands of new rental units to the neighborhood. Existing homes offer more choices, from high-rises and mid-rises to townhomes and single-family homes. Buyers can also find unique loft conversions in areas like Printer’s Row.
The South Loop’s housing boom has brought with it an influx of retailers along with eateries and nightlife on South Michigan Avenue. The Roosevelt Collection is a popular destination featuring a movie theater and an assortment of retailers. Museum Campus is the cultural and educational hub of the South Loop and features a collection of attractions including the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Soldier Field. Residents also enjoy being in close proximity to Northerly Island and public transportation including the CTA’s Roosevelt station.
Major development in recent years has put Streeterville on the map. In the past two decades alone, dozens of new buildings, high-rises, hotels, stores and institutions have sprung up, bringing with them a flock of residents to the high-energy community. A wide range of housing is available, the majority in high-rise buildings. The neighborhood’s stunning array of architecture includes pre-war buildings, a collection of Mies van der Rohe buildings and landmarks including the-building-formerly-known-as the John Hancock Center. New construction and smaller mid-rise buildings, a few walk-ups and the occasional townhome or single-family home can be found throughout the neighborhood as well. Streeterville is home to notable attractions such as The Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place and the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is also home to Northwestern Memorial Hospital's state-of-the-art medical campus and the downtown campuses of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. While the neighborhood offers a number of smaller "pocket" parks and playgrounds, the lakefront is the center of attention and it’s never more than a couple of blocks away. While dining out is easy, deciding where go with so many great restaurant options is not. Residents have easy access throughout the city via the CTA’s Red Line and numerous buses that run up and down Michigan Avenue.
A longtime domain of family-owned meatpacking businesses, the West Loop has become a serious foodie’s fantasy in recent years – and it’s shown no sign of slowing down. The West Loop was a downtrodden neighborhood for much of the 20th century before it became home to the United Center, then host to the Democratic National Convention in 1996. Thus began its dramatic transformation.
The land between The Loop and the home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks filled rapidly with trendy loft conversions, new construction condos, art galleries, boutiques, nightclubs and dozens of new restaurants. The Randolph Street Market continues to be a draw with more than 200 vendors.
The West Loop is home to a thriving restaurant district on Randolph Street, offering up everything from sushi to haute cuisine. Some of the city’s finest restaurants and celebrity chefs can be found on Randolph, but the restaurant scene doesn’t end there. In fact, diners also enjoy an assortment of eateries in Greektown and Fulton Market. West Loop’s hotspot reputation has attracted everything from residential development and boutique hotels to major corporations including Google and the new McDonald’s headquarters. Residents and businesses flocked to Wicker Park to rebuild after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, Chicagoans flock to the hip, happening neighborhood for its eateries, arts and entertainment. Wicker Park boasts an eclectic assortment of cafes, independent stores, dive bars, upscale boutiques, art galleries and city parks including four-acre Wicker Park. The neighborhood is home to some of Chicago’s most popular and acclaimed restaurants, elevating pizza and tacos to foodie fare and offering a wide variety of options for drinking and dining pleasure. Located just south of Bucktown and northwest of The Loop, the neighborhood includes large historic 19th century brick and stone mansions and landmark Victorian homes on tree-lined streets. Modern new construction condominiums and single-family homes along with vintage walk-ups, three-flats and lofts round out the diversity of housing available. Like neighboring Bucktown, Wicker Park’s notable commercial architecture remains – re-imagined, redeveloped and restored. The iconic Flat Iron Arts Building, home to artists who moved to the neighborhood in the 1980s, still houses various art studios and local businesses today. The CTA Blue Line offers convenient access to The Loop and O’Hare International Airport, while the Kennedy Expressway allows for an easy drive to surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs.
Wrigleyville is not only a destination neighborhood for Cubs fans, but also for Chicagoans who love to live in the center of the action. Named after the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, the neighborhood is experiencing a major transformation following renovations to the ballpark. In addition to the ever-popular sports bars, restaurants and souvenir shops, the neighborhood boasts new upscale chef-driven restaurants and a boutique hotel. The new Gallagher Way – Wrigleyville’s town square – offers residents and visitors alike a gathering place to enjoy farmers markets, outdoor movies, ice-skating and neighborhood celebrations on days when the Cubs aren’t playing. Located in Lakeview, the neighborhood includes tree-lined streets with greystone three-flats, low-rise apartment buildings and single-family homes. The CTA’s Red Line and numerous bus routes run through the area, making it easily accessible by public transit.
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