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Located just north of Wicker Park between North and Fullerton Avenues, and from the Kennedy Expressway west to Western Avenue
Modest cottages now sporting skylights are typical of this area, as are little neighborhood bars located on every corner. Both Wicker Park and Bucktown contain several remarkable churches, the legacy of early immigrants to the area. In the past few years, Bucktown has become home to the second coming of yuppies.
Located from Halsted Street west to Ashland Avenue, and north from Armitage Avenue to Diversey Parkway
Named for the college that bears its name, DePaul is the cozy enclave surrounding DePaul University, a Catholic institution that has grown 25 percent in recent years. The quaint and tree-lined Armitage and Webster Streets offer fine boutique shopping, restaurants and the occasional bar along with beautiful homes and apartment buildings. The south and west boundary of the DePaul neighborhood is the Clybourn Corridor, which once formed a vital industrial district for the city. Now industry sits amongst the trendy restaurants and fashionable boutiques in the area making DePaul among the city’s best neighborhoods for shopping and dining. Dwellings in this area are very sought after by professionals making the demand for apartments and condominiums extremely high.
Located from Chicago Avenue to North Avenue, and east from the Lakefront to LaSalle Street
The Gold Coast is one of the oldest areas in Chicago dating back to 1882 when civic leader, Potter Palmer, bought land covered by frog ponds on what later became north Lake Shore Drive and built an imposing mansion here. Land values there increased by 400 percent within a decade and this “Gold Coast” became the home of the leaders of the Chicago Four Hundred. The Gold Coast also boasts the famed Rush Street and Division Street entertainment district, which houses some of the most popular and frequented bars and restaurants. The Newberry Library located on Washington Square Park between Clark and Dearborn is one of the most diverse collections of research in the country. Today, the housing in the Gold Coast consists of lavish mansions, gray stones, brown stones and high-rises.
Located between Diversey Street and Irving Park Road, and west from the Lakefront to Ashland Avenue
Lakeview has a history apart from that of Chicago. In 1865, Lakeview was officially made a town by an act of the Illinois General Assembly. In 1887, the town of Lakeview was granted a city charter dividing it into seven wards. By 1889 the area had grown so greatly, that a movement began to annex Lakeview to Chicago. After a bitter fight, the Chicago city Council annexed the town on June 29, 1889 when the voters of Lakeview approved the annexation. The Clark, Belmont and Broadway shopping districts contain a wide variety of stores that accommodate all needs. The restaurants and bars cater to all tastes and are plentiful. Today, Lakeview is comprised of three contiguous areas: East Lakeview, Belmont Harbor and West Lakeview. East Lakeview encompasses the area from Diversey Parkway to Addison and from the lake west to Halsted Street. Belmont Harbor is that part of Lakeview immediately surrounding the fabulous harbor. West Lakeview stretches west from Halsted to Ashland Avenue and north from Diversey to Addison. Perhaps the hottest section of Lakeview is Southport region from Diversey north to Addison. In the past few years, this area has become the refuge of Lincoln Park expatriates who have become tired of the congestion and bustle that have become trademarks of Lincoln Park, East Lakeview and Wrigleyville.
Located east from the Lakefront to Halsted Street, and north from North Avenue to Diversey Parkway
Named for the city’s largest park, Lincoln Park has a little bit of something for everyone. The park itself boasts an excellent zoo, botanical conservatory and four of the city’s beaches. It is a community of paradoxes, change, and constant movement where turn of the century ivy covered brownstones fall under the shadow of luxury high-rise apartments. Settled in the 1850’s by German immigrants coming to the country seeking a better way of life, Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s oldest communities. Today, it is the area’s flashiest of the lakefront neighborhoods, a veritable yuppie mecca.
Located west of the Kennedy Expressway to Kimball Avenue, and north from Fullerton to Diversey Avenues
Perhaps the most striking intersection in the city, Logan Square proper is the site of a massive marble column celebrating the centennial of Illinois’ statehood. Logan Boulevard, which enters the square from the east, is suitably grand with huge, well-tended homes with sweeping lawns. The neighborhood is well cared for with street after street of elegant gray stone two flats sharing the neighborhood with solid apartment buildings built predominantly during the 1920’s.
Located from Division Street north to Armitage Avenue, east from LaSalle Street to Sheffield Avenue
Old town was settled in the mid 1800’s when Chicago absorbed a wave of German farmers and semi-skilled laborers who were fleeing Germany in search of a better life. During the 1960’s, Old Town became the center of the Bohemian Renaissance movement. In recent years, the development of several high-rises and the award winning conversion of the Dr. Scholl shoe factory into luxury residential lofts (Cobbler Square) coupled with the emergence of new town homes, has brought upscale retail and dining establishments with a vengeance.
The annual Old Town art fair has grown into the largest juried art fair in the country, and Well Street, once a strip of hippie head shops and boutiques, now offers upscale shops. Nearby on Halsted Street is the impressive new home of the Steppenwolf Theatre, the epitome of storefront, or specifically, church basement theater, all grown up. Today, Old Town remains one of the most lively and picturesque neighborhoods in Chicago.
Located from Congress Parkway south to Roosevelt Road, and east from Grant Park to Canal Street
Printer’s Row is one of the newer neighborhoods rising south of the Loop. The magnificently restored Dearborn Street Station train depot, historic point of arrival for thousands of immigrants, provides the southern anchor for the Printer’s Row neighborhood. The housing in this area is primarily lofts, which attract affluent singles that walk to work in the Loop, just minutes away. Once the center of Midwest publishing, Printer’s Row now boasts its annual Book Fair in June, which features the wares of local publishers and old and new, and antiquarian volumes from Midwestern booksellers, as well as music and readings.
Located from Ravenswood Avenue west to the Chicago River, between Montrose and Bryn Mawr Avenues
A truly continental neighborhood, Ravenswood was once home to a large German population. Though much of that group has dispersed or moved on to the suburbs, those who remain carry on the traditions. Wonderful outdoor cafes and restaurants abound in this ever-changing, diverse neighborhood. The Ravenswood El winds conveniently throughout this area. Rents are not as high as the lakefront. The lush tree lined streets and neat lawns seem to lend a soft hush to this family-oriented neighborhood.
Located east from Clark Street to the Chicago River, and north from Kinzie to Chicago Avenue
Until the late 1970’s, River North was a haven for warehouses. Today, River North is a well-established art district that caters to the gallery hopper. “Artsy” businesses – graphic design, photography, video production houses, and publishing houses, only add to the artist flavor of the area. Retro restaurants and small shops selling upscale items for the home make River North not only a great shopping area but also an entertainment area with close proximity to the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park. The housing in this area is primarily lofts and walk-ups.
Located north from Grand Avenue to Chicago Avenue, and east from the Kennedy Expressway to Morgan Street
The River West neighborhood, just west of Halsted and Milwaukee, is a brand new loft community rising from warehouses and factories. With remarkable speed, the area has seen factories and warehouses pushed out by rising rents, to be followed by galleries and businesses leaving River North in search of cheaper rents. Apartment construction and renovation of lofts is proceeding swiftly, as the area touts its image as the “cheaper cousin” to River North.
Located between Belmont and Addison Avenues, and west from Paulina Street to Western Avenue
This peaceful neighborhood is comprised primarily of post World War II bungalows and two-family flats dating from the early 1900’s. This area caters mostly working couples and families with a current and growing influx of urban professionals. Roscoe Village features a quaint downtown area on Roscoe Avenue from Damen to Western that has a remarkable small town feel. On Belmont from Damen to Western is Antique Row, a five-block stretch that is known throughout the Midwest as the place to go when seeking antiques. The recent renovation of the defunct Wieboldt’s building into condominium lofts together with the opening of the Whole Foods market on Ashland Avenue threatens to expand westward the borders of Lakeview. This expansion has dismayed local Roscoe Villagers, who feel that their cozy little neighborhood is no longer a well-kept secret.
Located between Addison Avenue and Irving Park Road, and west from Damen to Western Avenues
Located just north of Roscoe Village, St. Ben’s is a typical Chicago neighborhood comprised mainly of two flat walk-ups on impeccably clean, quiet tree lined streets. The neighborhood derives its name from St. Benedict’s Parish and Catholic School, which is located on Irving Park Road just east of Western Avenue. Originally comprised of German immigrants, today, St. Ben’s has a growing population of young professionals, first time buyers, attracted by the affordable prices of homes that cannot be found in Lakeview, Wrigleyville or Lincoln Park.
Located east from the Lakefront to Michigan Avenue, and south from Illinois Street to eastbound Lake Shore Drive
In 1886, the land east of Michigan Avenue and north of the Chicago River was created when Captain George Wellington Streeter, an adventurer who had outfitted a boat for gunrunning in the south, ran aground in Lake Michigan on a sand bar near what is now Superior Street. He stayed on the boat where it was grounded and convinced the city contractors to dump hard fill in the section surrounding his boat. Later he laid claim to the 186 acre tract created in this way and called it the “Free District of Lake Michigan”, an independent territory. He sold lots and survived skirmishes with the police until 1918, when he was finally evicted.
Today, the housing in Streeterville consists mainly of high-rise rental properties as well as high-rise condominiums. Streeterville also features many of the city’s finest hotels, restaurants and retail establishments. The Water Tower Place shopping mall, located on the Magnificent Mile section of North Michigan Avenue, is world renowned for its assortment of fine stores.
Located on both sides of Chicago Avenue from Damen Avenue to beyond Western Avenue
Ukrainian Village is a spirited ethnic enclave, a close-knit homogeneous community where distinctions of religion, language, and nationality play an important role. Churches plucked out of fairy tales are the center of community activity. Locals gather at the abundant delis and bakeries. The streets are immaculate and most of the buildings date back to the twenties, creative a uniform line of three-flats with stone balconies. The lawns are impeccable, the gardens well tended, and the flowers that crowns many balconies are the loveliest in the city.
Located between Division and North Avenues, from the Kennedy Expressway to Western Avenue
A historic district today that contains fabulous 1880’s mansions of Beer Baron Row (Hoyne Street between Pierce and Schiller). Here one can find the homes of several of the Haymarket martyrs; German anarchists sentenced to die in 1887 after a bomb of dubious origin killed seven policemen at a rally for the eight-hour workday. This incident is celebrated around the world as May Day. Today, wicker Park is inhabited largely by Chicago’s “artsy” community. Its offbeat restaurants, bars and boutiques along with street musicians afford a warmth and familiarity reminiscent of Greenwich Village of the 1960’s.
Located between Addison Avenue and Irving Park Road, and west from the Lakefront to Ashland Avenue
Home of the Chicago Cubs. Known for famous bars and venues such as The Metro and The Cubbybear.