Chicago has a plethora of neighborhoods to choose from, each with its own unique character and offerings. It can be hard to pick just five to recommend. But, alas, we have to start somewhere. If you are starting your home search in Chicago, here are give great neighborhoods to consider. They represent a range of dense urban settings to tree-lined streets with single-family homes.
The Loop is the business and entertainment core in Chicago with logs or shopping options. If you like the idea of dense urban living with a variety of amenities at your fingertips, The Loop is a spot where you might like to call home. The Near East Side has high rise residential condos. Printer’s Row, located in the southern portion of The Loop has cool residential loft that were converted from old printing and publishing houses. West Loop is a former manufacturing area that now boasts an eclectic mix of lofts, restaurants, galleries and retail. Notable restaurants in this neighborhood include Girl & The Goat, Carnivale and Two. Millennium is located in the Loop and is the location for many events, tours, exhibits and more.
Forest Glen is self-described as “Chicago’s Finest Neighborhood” and is one of Chicago’s more affluent neighborhoods. The neighborhood is primarily single-family homes and there are two public golf courses in the area. The Chicago River forms the northern boundary of this neighborhood. Neighborhood eateries include Mia Figlia and Thong Thai. Forest Glen provides easy access for transportation including access to I-94 as well as the Metra commuter rail service.
Calumet Heights has a solid neighborhood feel and has a large housing stock of two-store homes built in the 40’s and 50’s. The neighborhood has a well-regarded magnet school and two colleges. There are local shopping opportunities along 87th Avenue and Stony Island Avenue. This neighborhood is also home to Jesse Owns Park, a 17-acre park with a field house, gym, fitness center and community meeting rooms. This neighborhood also enjoys easy access to the Metra and the expressway.
Originally developed as a street car suburb, Beverly sits at the highest elevation in Chicago. It is also diverse neighborhoods in the city from and ethnic and race perspective. This neighborhood boasts the Southside Irish parade, which is held the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day and has the honor of being the largest neighborhood parade in the United States. Popular local restaurants include Koda and Beverly Bakery & Café. Additionally there are many Irish pubs.
This neighborhood gets its name from Logan Square, a public square at the convergence of a three-way intersection. This neighborhood was identified as being in the top 10 neighborhoods in the country for 2013. This area has lovely historical boulevards, bungalow-style homes and architecturally notable greystones. There is a public library brand in the neighborhood. Notable dining spots include Longman & Eagle and Lula Café. There are various community activities including a very popular farmer’s market.