Explore Chicago - a Tour Through Chicago's Neighborhoods
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Chicago is one of the most vibrant cities in the country. With its Midwestern hospitality mixed with world-class restaurants; innovative theater productions; renowned museums; unparalleled shopping; and Lake Michigan’s lakefront parks, beaches, and harbor, Chicago is a natural choice when it comes to choosing a place to live, work and play.
A city of neighborhoods offering various lifestyles, Chicago is one of the nation's most architecturally significant cities. With a rich collection of stunning skyscrapers blending old-world 19th century architecture with vibrant 20th century design, Chicago houses some of the finest office and residential buildings around. Innovative local architects have gained national attention for their steel frame designs and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the fathers of modern Chicago architecture, helped develop the city as a national skyscraper leader.
Chicago is a city of diverse neighborhoods, each offering something unique to its residents. Explore our wonderful city and be sure to contact us for more information and advice about which Chicago neighborhoods might be right for you.
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If cultural activities, the arts and being in close proximity to the financial district are important, you might consider living in Lakeshore East, which is just a short walk to the downtown business district, Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, and Navy Pier. Lakeshore East spans 28 acres and is one of the largest mixed-use parcels to be developed in a major US city. It is located in our newest neighborhood, New East Side, and is a lifestyle community that includes residential and retail properties, hotels, a lush six-acre park, and a planned elementary school.
This is an area where residents can live, work, eat, shop, and enjoy outdoor recreation. In this, the heart of Chicago’s cultural center, 340 On the Park is the tallest residential tower in Chicago. A pioneer in its green design and sustainable standards, this glass tower capitalizes on its views of the park, lake, and city. Aqua, the newest building in Lakeshore East, is an 82-story building with 670 units for condominiums, rentals and the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. The curvilinear exterior shows fluidity of motion like the surrounding river and lake. Aqua’s recreational facilities and outdoor amenities are unlike anything else in Chicago.
Residents enjoy all the amenities that this new area has to offer. If you're looking to join them, view all Lakeshore East real estate listings.
Just east of Millennium Park, the Loop was named after the cable cars that used to be turned around by pulley in the city center. Today, the elevated trains make a square loop around the perimeter. The Loop is the primary financial business district of the city, home to the Chicago Board of Trade and headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, technology companies and various professional services. In recent years there has been a revitalization of the “theater district” and an influx of Broadway shows.
Many new condominium buildings have sprung up, as the downtown luxury housing market has grown to alleviate time-consuming suburban commutes. The Heritage at Millennium Park was the first project — a classic residential tower. The newest development is The Legacy, with its modern architecture, stunning glass facade and extraordinary amenities. The unique shape of this slender tower allows for spectacular views of the lake and Millennium Park. Park Monroe is an office building with a portion of the complex recently converted to luxury condo properties.
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Traveling south on Michigan Avenue toward the South Loop and Printer’s Row, you pass the Art Institute of Chicago, nestled in Grant Park on Michigan Avenue. This museum houses a world-class art collection and the finest collection of Impressionist paintings.
South Loop and Printer’s Row both feature a mix of old world feel and modern design, with a number of converted lofts housed in contemporary glass and stone towers. These new condo buildings offer unobstructed city and lake views, and direct access to the lakefront via jogging paths and walkways. Restaurants, shopping, and cultural attractions are also just steps away.
Museum Campus is a 57-acre lakefront park, home to the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Alder Planetarium, and the Astronomy Museum. Along Museum Campus is Soldier Field, where the Chicago Bears play. Grant Park is a destination for street festivals, live music and numerous recreational activities. Buckingham Fountain, the Beaux Art centerpiece of Grant Park, is surrounded by food kiosks and a fountain that shoots a plume of water 150 feet every hour. This 318-acre park extends north back to the Loop.
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Connecting the Loop to Magnificent Mile is the Michigan Avenue Bridge, which spans the Chicago River. This is where the Magnificent Mile, Streeterville and River North neighborhoods converge. Nearby is the University of Chicago’s downtown campus, with its Booth School of Business. Chicago’s Riverwalk is a plaza where you can walk down to river level and visit bars and restaurants, and watch tour boats run up and down the river.
River North is a trendy area and features the nation’s largest concentration of art galleries. Named for its proximity to the Chicago River, it offers residents trendy restaurants, eclectic shops, and nightclubs. Alongside the river is Merchandise Mart, which houses the world’s largest collection of home furnishing showrooms.
River North real estate is a mixture of uniquely converted warehouse lofts, offices, and high-rise condominiums. The newest landmark is the 92-story Trump Tower, with its innovative stainless steel and glass design. This building offers a new level of luxury hospitality and residential living. Also, the panoramic views from the Trump condos are exhilarating.
East Bank Club, a 450,000 square foot fitness facility within River North is a premier health club that is unparalleled in its scope of fitness classes, sports, spa services, and dining options.
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While the Loop is an iconic business and financial district, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile (“Mag Mile”) is known for its high-end retail chains, busy side-street shopping, restaurants, hotels, and sleek condo buildings. There is always a crowd of people walking down Michigan Avenue or waiting to be seated at restaurants. Besides locals, tourists, and business people, you will also see street musicians, jugglers or living statues as you stroll down the avenue. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival during the holidays is magical.
Interesting buildings include Tribune Tower, with its Gothic front and stones from all over the world. There's also the breathtaking, gleaming-white Wrigley building — a symbol of Chicago with its four-sided clock tower. John Hancock Center, with its observatory, is a top attraction and offers 360-degree panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Also notable are the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station, which are among the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire. Water Tower Place, the epicenter of shopping with more than 100 shops, is at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Pearson Street. And across the street are the 900 North Michigan Shops, also known as the Bloomingdale’s Mall. Both buildings house luxury condominiums.
Other forms of entertainment nearby include the Museum of Contemporary Art and Navy Pier in Streeterville, with its shops, restaurants, guided boat tours, and other attractions.
If you'd like to live in this vibrant and bustling area, take a look at all Magnificent Mile real estate listings to find the right property for you.
Streeterville, with its lakefront beaches, is just a few blocks east of the Magnificent Mile and is one of the most upscale condominium neighborhoods in the city. Streeterville is home to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Law School, and the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
This neighborhood also features Navy Pier, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Illinois. Navy Pier features a giant Ferris wheel, amusement rides, and 50 acres of parks, shops, restaurants, exhibitions and sightseeing dining cruises. Other popular attractions include the IMAX Theater, Children’s Museum and the Crystal Gardens' indoor palm court.
If you're in the market for an upscale condominium in Chicago, be sure to browse the selection of luxury condos Streeterville has to offer.
Further north, the Gold Coast is home to the city’s fanciest single family homes and condominiums. If you stroll through the neighborhood, you'll find beautiful historic mansions on Astor Street and Dearborn Parkway. Starting at Oak Street Beach along Lakeshore Drive, the Gold Coast is lined with high-rise condo buildings that offer spectacular views of the lakefront beaches. Chicago's Gold Coast is also home to Rush Street, which is packed with restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Outdoor seating in the nice weather allows for great people watching.
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NORTH SIDE NEIGHBORHOODS
Heading northwest, the Old Town neighborhood is dotted with cottage-style houses, as well as walk-up and high-rise condo developments. In the landmark Old Town Triangle District, quaint streets are still paved with cobblestones, lined with Victorian houses, and antique streetlights. Wells Street is the commercial shopping area, with a variety of specialty shops, restaurants, and bars. This neighborhood is also home to Second City, a famous improvisational theater, and Zanies comedy club.
Old Town is a charming and picturesque neighborhood with ample recreation opportunities. Find your next home in Old Town, Chicago.
Next to Old Town, Lincoln Park is a neighborhood that combines quiet residential blocks of single family homes on tree-lined streets, with busy commercial streets featuring boutiques and restaurants. Condo buildings are dotted all along Lakeshore Drive, from the Gold Coast to Lincoln Park and Lake View.
Lincoln Park 2520 is the first luxury condo high-rise building to be built in the neighborhood in decades. Its European design and traditional elegance fits in with the serene surroundings. It offers residents spectacular views of Lincoln Park, Diversey Harbor and Lake Michigan, and offers unmatched amenities and services. The area is also rich in cultural attractions, such as the Chicago History Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Lincoln Park spans over 1208 acres and sits along the lakefront. The park has baseball and soccer fields, golf driving ranges, playgrounds, myriads of sculptures, and biking/running/skating paths. Other amenities include the Lincoln Park Zoo, a lakeside theater, conservatories, and museums. Armitage Avenue is the shopping strip with locally-owned boutiques intermingled with well-known brand names.
For buyers looking for a quiet, recreation-rich area in the city, Lincoln Park offers the perfect oasis. View all Lincoln Park homes and condos for sale now.
Lakeview has just about everything you could want in a Chicago neighborhood. There’s certainly plenty of options and opportunities when it comes to available housing, there’s endless shopping, dining, and entertainment, and if you’re somebody who also values being close to the lakefront and having easy access to transportation downtown—well, there’s that too. From luxury single-family homes to condos of all shapes and sizes, Lakeview truly has something for everyone!
Lakeview has a very similar vibe to Lincoln Park, only somewhat less congested and in many instances slightly more affordable as well. View all Lakeview homes and condos for sale now.
Although Andersonville is situated up on Chicago’s far north side, it’s a neighborhood that many find appealing because of its awesome shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife. So many terrific restaurants and bars line North Clark Street, not to mention a variety of upscale boutiques and antique shops as well. And you might also find that home prices are extremely reasonable around Andersonville, even despite its supreme desirability.
Of all the neighborhoods on Chicago's North Side, Andersonville might just have the most charm, character, and small town ambiance of them all! View all Andersonville homes and condos for sale now.
With its quaint collection of cafes and small shops, the endless network of tree-lined streets, and some of the most desirable newly built single-family homes in Chicago, it’s easy to see why Roscoe Village is a great place to call home. A number of the city’s best schools are also located right nearby, which is especially convenient for home buyers who have kids. See what’s currently available by clicking the link below!
True to its name, the lovely stretch of Roscoe Street between Damen and Western has the look and feel of a tiny village that makes for a wonderful place to call home. To see what this North Side neighborhood has to offer, check out homes and condos in Rocoe Village right now!
With home prices in Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, and much of Lakeview seemingly always on the rise, North Center is a nearby location that could be a great alternative if you’re working with somewhat of a tighter budget. And although you’ll also find some vintage and newer construction condos around the North Center area, this is one north side neighborhood where higher-end single-family homes tend to dominate the local real estate landscape.
If you’re looking for a pleasant single-family home on the north side that’s close to great schools and countless other amenities and attractions, the North Center is a great neighborhood to consider. And it’s also a bit cheaper than Lincoln Park and many parts of Lakeview despite being location just a few minutes away! Begin searching North Center real estate for sale.
Lincoln Square has an unmistakable small town feel that’s simply hard not to love if you’re considering a move to Chicago’s north side. Its easy access to the Brown Line provides direct access to downtown, and outside of that, it’s a location that has everything you could possible want in a Chicago neighborhood, and then some. Find out what Lincoln Square has to offer by clicking the link below!
Lincoln Square has long been a favorite North Side neighborhood thanks to its charming main drag and quiet residential vibe. The assortment of quaint restaurants and cafes along Lincoln Avenue seemingly never stops growing and the tight-knit community vibe you see here is unlike anywhere else in the city! Don’t delay and start your Lincoln Square real estate search today!
As a neighborhood that was once a popular resort-like destination in the early 1900s, Edgewater is a location in Chicago that certainly has lots of history. Today, it’s known for having an extensive inventory of affordable condo residences on the lakefront, and if you’re someone who loves being out on the beach in the summer, there’s perhaps no more convenient place to live than inside one of the many high-rises that line Sheridan Avenue up in the one-and-only Edgewater neighborhood!
If you’re looking to combine affordability with a prime lakefront location, Edgewater arguably the best place to begin your new home search. Enjoy easy and direct access to Edgewater Beach, as well as the CTA Red Line, which has several stations situated nearby. Start browsing Edgewater homes and condos now!
Located just north of Lakeview right alongside the lakefront, Chicago's Uptown neighborhood has a lot of upside and value, regardless of whether you're looking for a vintage condo or an upscale single-family home. In general, courtyard buildings, three and four-flats, and other vintage style condos are plentiful in Uptown, and you'll even find a nice mix of larger single-family residences around the neighborhood that are often have a lower purchase price compared to many other north side neighborhoods in Chicago.
We love calling Uptown home for its close proximity to the lakefront, easy access to the CTA Red Line, and of course all the music venues and bars that the neighborhood is known for most. Most homes and condos in Uptown are also slightly more affordable than in Lakeview and Lincoln Park, so it’s also easy to get more bang for your buck here as well! Check out what's currently available in Uptown now!
WEST SIDE NEIGHBORHOODS
Starting around 2010, the West Loop started to skyrocket in popularity and today, it's easily one of the hottest places to call home. Full of countless industrial loft conversions and stylish newer construction condo developments, it's hard not to fall in love with what Chicago's one-and-only West Loop neighborhood has to offer.
With Restaurant Row well within walking distance, and countless other restaurants, bars, and shops along Madison Street, the West Loop is one of the most vibrant and energetic neighborhoods in the city. Combine that with all the awesome condos and lofts you’ll find here and you get one of the most popular places to live in all of Chicago! Start browsing West Loop condos and lofts for sale today.
The heart of River West is located at the Halsted, Grand, and Milwaukee intersection, which is where you’ll find a vibrant mix of restaurants, bars, and plenty of apartments and condos that range from newly developed complexes to vintage buildings that still have bundles of charm and character. Existing residents love River West for its close proximity to other downtown neighborhoods like River North and the Loop, and the easy access to the Blue Line also makes it a convenient place to live for the frequent traveler as well!
River West offers a great location that’s wedged in between two of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods—River North and the West Loop. As a smaller neighborhood that won’t likely have the same kind of inventory of other downtown neighborhoods, look for whatever desirable options you find here to be somewhat limited. Begin searching River West real estate for sale, or call us today for more information about this rapidly developing location!
Bucktown has an undeniable reputation for being a hip and trendy place to live, work, and play—and it’s hard to imagine that changing anytime soon. An artsy neighborhood that’s full of cool restaurants, dive bars, art galleries, and locally-owned coffee houses, one walk or drive through Bucktown and you’ll understand why so many Chicagoans want to call this place home. In recent years, home prices in the area have skyrocketed, though, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
From music venues and countless taverns to some of the trendiest boutiques you’ll find anywhere in Chicago, Bucktown has a whole lot to offer, which also includes some amazing housing options. Single-family homes in Bucktown can be pricey, but condos, lofts, and other attached options fit just about any budget! Start searching available Bucktown real estate for sale.
Conveniently located just south of Bucktown, Wicker Park is a neighborhood that’s now largely defined by a stretch of Division Street that features some of the best outdoor patios you'll find in Chicago. And we all know how much Chicagoans love their outdoor patios. But along with that, you'll also find plenty of chic condos, lofts, and upscale single-family homes, providing home buyers with many different options that are sure to fit all your needs and wants in a fabulous new place to live!
Often clumped together with Bucktown, Wicker Park is also one of the more popular and well-known neighborhoods on the west side. Division Street is absolutely jam-packed with restaurants and bars, while the easy access to the CTA Blue Line can have you to either downtown or the airport in a matter of minutes! Search Wicker Park real estate for sale now!
Situated just south of Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village feels almost like an extension of the Wicker Park neighborhood, especially when you start comparing how expensive homes have gotten here in recent years. If you’re in the market for a luxury home on the west side, Ukrainian Village has certainly established itself as a primary location to target. Condos in the area have also gotten fairly pricey as well, but despite the increased home prices, it’s certainly a wonderful place to live.
Ukrainian Village is where you’ll find some of the coolest single-family homes on the west side. From newer construction homes with a modern look and feel to totally revamped cottage and bungalow-style homes, the Ukrainian Village real estate market now features some of the city’s most luxurious homes you’ll find in the city! Don't believe us? Check out active Ukrainian Village homes and condos for sale and have a look for yourself!
Logan Square is a sprawling west side neighborhood that continues to grow in popularity. It’s been recognized both locally and nationally as one of the “coolest neighborhoods” in the country, and its also a place that now features some of the best restaurants in the city. And although Bucktown is widely recognized as being its own neighborhood, it’s technically part of the Logan Square community, which should help give you a better idea of what it means to call this part of Chicago home!
Logan Square has quickly become a hotbed for hip coffee houses, upscale restaurants, and trendy boutiques, which also helps make it a very desirable place to live. And although home and condo prices are continuing to increase around Logan Square, you can still find some pretty affordable options as well, especially if you prefer something in a smaller, vintage building. Check out active homes and condos for sale in Logan Square now!
Noble Square is a smaller west side neighborhood that’s centered on Eckhart Park and the small stretch of bars, restaurants, and various other small businesses along Chicago Avenue. Newer single-family homes have recently started being developed, but outside of that, look for the housing landscape here to consist of vintage condos and apartments, and even a few modern condo developments as well.
Although Noble Square is a smaller, lesser-known neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side, the housing landscape feels pretty similar to some of its more popular neighborhoods like Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village. And with Eckhart Park nearby, you also have a great open green space to enjoy during the awesome Chicago summers. Start viewing Noble Square real estate for sale now!
Humboldt Park is an up-and-coming neighborhood on the west side that can offer buyers much more bang for their buck than more-established neighborhoods like Bucktown or Wicker Park. Modern single-family homes that have just recently been built are starting to pop up all over Humboldt Park, and the same can even be said for new condo development that also have a modern/contemporary look and feel. But as a pretty large neighborhood that covers a lot of area, you’ll still find plenty of affordable homes and condos in just about any price range as well.
There may be no better west side neighborhood to call home in the summertime than Humboldt Park. Home to its namesake park, as well as a rapidly evolving dining and nightlife scene, Humboldt Park is one of Chicago’s fastest up-and-coming neighborhoods for home buyers to consider. Begin your Humboldt Park home search today!