Chicago is often referred to as a “city of neighborhoods.” When you buy - it is important to consider factors that can impact your resale as well as have a good idea of what features are important to you now.
When exploring all of these great neighborhoods, from Hyde Park to the North Shore, it is important to consider factors such as access to schools, proximity to transportation, neighborhood amenities and nearby recreational activities, ones that best coincide with your lifestyle.
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Neighborhoods & Communities within Chicago
The vibrant neighborhoods of Chicago offer a blend of options for your living experience. Some areas are well known like the Near North Side, Lincoln Park, West Town, Lake View, and the Loop, and combine several neighborhoods within them. LInks to many of these areas are combined with a brief synopsis of the area and are listed first below.
Coldwell Banker has developed an easy to use interactive map to help you find information specific to each neighborhood. The map provides an easy way to orient yourself with the city - whether you are already familiar with Chicago or not. By clicking on the area of the map you'd like to check out you'll be taken to a Neighborhood page where you will find the information you need on pricing, schools, transportation, shopping and other lifestyle influencing information for the neighborhood of your choice.
In addition to my own Gold Coast neighborhood, I am active in the following neighborhoods: Andersonville, Bucktown, Edgewater, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, The Loop, Streeterville, The Southport Corridor, Uptown, Wrigleyville and many others.
The Near North SideComprises neighborhoods just north of the Chicago River & Loop and south of Lincoln Park and are all within a mile of Chicago's Lake Michigan beaches. Pricing here, even in the Gold Coast begins in the $300,000 area and moves up significantly to the $10s of millions.
- RIVER NORTH stretches north from the Chicago River to Chicago Avenue, west of The Magnificent Mile. This old loft district is now home to many art galleries, some of Chicago's premier eateries and hip urban home buyers. Dozens of new residential developments have sprung up in recent years so now River West and River North home buyers have a selection of contemporary high rises, lofts, and upscale row homes ranging in price from about $275,000 to several million dollars. Packed with shopping, entertainment and nightlife like the House of Blues, this area includes the Merchandise Mart and Trump Tower as well as a East Bank Club - the largest stand alone health club in the country - a favorite of the city's movers and shakers.
- The GOLD COAST is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in America and but is is also a family friendly area with excellent public and private schools, delightful parks, many cultural attractions and a surprisingly diverse selection of housing styles and prices. Besides stately mansions and classic row houses, Gold Coast Apartments line Lake Shore Drive and Gold Coast Condos like mine housed in contemporary high-rises are found through out the area near popular gathering spots for night life along the Old Town/Rush/State Street corridor. In these high rises you are part of the Chicago skyline and can enjoy some amazing city views. Gold Coast prices begin around $300,000 and move up well into the 10s of millions.
- STREETERVILLE is located south of the Gold Coast and north of the Loop. Housing here is predominantly in high rise buildings but styles of architecture are quite varried. Pre-war high rises, Mies van der Rohe buildings, landmarks like the John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place and contemporary new construction dominate but you can find an occassional town home and some mid-rise buildings. Northwestern University's medical campus is here (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) along with the downtown campuses of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago and The Museum of Contemporary Art.
- Near North SIde includes:
- Dearborn Parkway
- Gold Coast
- Goose Island
- Magnificent Mile
- Near North Side
- Old Town
- River North
- River West
- State Parkway
More Neighborhood Groupings
(names in red below are links to more information)
- Lincoln Park includes:
- Lincoln Park
- Old Town Triangle
- Park West
- Ranch Triangle
- Sheffield Neighbors
- Wrightwood Neighbors
- West Town includes:
- East Village
- Noble Square
- Ukrainian Village
- West Town
- Wicker Park
- West Loop
Near West Side includes
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Chicago's North Shore Communities!
Charming single family homes on quiet, tree-lined streets, classic lakefront mansions, Northwestern University, amazing shopping and athletic opportunities - the North Shore Villages of Chicago appeal to a diverse clientele.
Chicago's CTA Metra trains service all these communites making the North Shore a great choice or those looking for excellent public schools and an easy commute to the City.
I work closely with my associates in these communities. My mother's family lived in Winnetka for years and I have many relatives still living in Wilmette, Lake Forest, Deerfield, and Kenilworth today.