A new neighborhood is coming to Chicago, this one borrowing its name more from New York-style neighborhoods than Chicago ones. NoCa is the name coined for the area to the north of Chicago Avenue. Chicago Avenue, Wells, Halsted and Division Streets on the Near North Side border it.
Already several residential developers are at work in the area, and hoping to use the new name to promote a trendy new area of the city for residents to call home. Along with this, several new developments are already underway. One of these includes a new tower under construction on Chestnut that will eventually include nearly 350 units. It should be finished by early 2017. In addition, several dozen two- and three-bedroom condominiums are also planned at Locust and Sedgwick Streets.
Primarily known in the past as the location of a former public housing project, the area is just now seeing a lot of interest, especially with residential developers and retail establishments. Only time will tell, though, whether the name transcends enough to really stick with potential new residents and with the city as a whole.
As the debate continues on what to call the area, though, the new development forges ahead, offering new housing options in the future for the Chicago area.