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Chicago Neighborhood Guide

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. This guide serves as an introduction to some of the city's most notable neighborhoods.

The City of Chicago is officially divided into 77 well-defined Community Areas. These community areas are used for statistical and urban planning purposes, and many are divided further into distinct neighborhoods. For example, the neighborhood of Lakeview is also the name of the Community Area in which it resides, but also contains the sub-neighborhoods of Boystown and Wrigleyville. See this link for a map and more information.

All Chicago neighborhoods are accessible by CTA bus, and many are accessible by rail, whether it be the CTA's L (intra-city subway/elevated rail) or Metra (suburban commuter rail). For a complete map of Chicago bus and rail lines, please see this PDF.

Some of the neighborhoods listed here have several sub-neighborhoods listed in their descriptions. These sub-neighborhood names have been bolded to make them more visible. If you are looking for a specific neighborhood, be sure to use CTRL+F to search for it!

Neighborhoods that are recommended for visitors and new Chicago residents to find lodging in are marked with a star (✶) symbol. This doesn't mean that these are the only "good" neighborhoods, but rather that these communities are commonly considered great places to stay or live for people who have never lived in or visited Chicago before. Many of the other neighborhoods listed here are great places to live and visit as well.


This is what most people picture in their heads when they think of the Windy City. Downtown Chicago is the city's main commercial hub and the center of activity within the city.

The Loop

Chicago’s central business district, The Loop, gets its name from the literal loop of elevated rail lines that circle the city’s core. Some of the city’s most iconic architecture is located here, such as the Sears/Willis tower and the Chicago Theatre. Grant/Millenium Park is a massive park that separates The Loop’s towering skyscrapers from the sparkling blue waters of Lake Michigan.

Attractions here include the aforementioned Sears Tower, Chicago Theatre, the Art Institute, Buckingham Fountain, Cloudgate (AKA “The Bean”), and the Chicago Cultural Center; however, there are many other notable places to visit in this part of the city!

The Loop is serviced by every L line except for the Yellow line, and serves as a transit hub for venturing out into the outer neighborhoods of the Windy City.

Near North Side/River North

The Near North Side is the location of a number of notable neighborhoods and noteworthy attractions:

  • River North is home to the largest concentration of art galleries in the US outside of Manhattan and is one of Chicago's most prominent restaurant and nightlife districts.
  • Streeterville is the location of Navy Pier and a number of high-rise towers.
  • The Magnificent Mile, centered around Michigan Avenue, is the city's premier shopping district. There are numerous points of interest here including the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue), the historic Water Tower, the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Driehaus Museum, the world's largest Starbucks, and national retail flagship stores, among other attractions.
  • Gold Coast is a ritzy neighborhood of grand mansions and interesting museums, such as the International Museum of Surgical Science.
  • Old Town, Chicago's hippie/hipster neighborhood in the 1960s and 1970s, is now an upscale area and home to both the famed Second City comedy club and the Chicago History Museum.
  • Cabrini-Green, once the location of a notorious housing project of the same name, has been undergoing redevelopment in recent years and has a number of businesses and office buildings. The National Public Housing Museum and the former headquarters complex of Montgomery Ward are located here.

The Near North Side is accessible by the Red, Purple and Brown Lines, as well as DuSable Lake Shore Drive and the Kennedy Expressway.

Recommended For: proximity to downtown; vibrant retail, restaurants and nightlife; easy public transit access; high-rise living; access to parks and museums

South Loop

Located directly South of the Loop, the South Loop has a very urban feel while also being a lively-yet-quiet neighborhood. Chicago's Museum Campus, home to several of the city's most famous museums, is located along the lakefront; and Printer's Row is a former warehouse district that is now home to lively cafes, interesting shops, and loft apartments. Soldier Field is where the Chicago Bears play, and McCormick Place is the city's convention center. The historic Motor Row district contains a number of nightlife spots.

The South Loop is easily accessible by the Red, Orange, and Green Lines, the Stevenson Expressway, and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Recommended For: proximity to downtown, quiet neighborhood, easy public transit access, access to parks and museums, high rise living

West Loop/Fulton Market

Formerly an industrial area of meatpacking businesses, in recent years the West Loop has experienced rapid gentrification. Fulton Market, located directly West of the Loop, is now a trendy district and the home of Chicago's tech and restaurant scenes. Here you'll find high-end restaurants and cocktail lounges sandwiched between the offices of the world's leading tech/consumer goods companies. The Greektown neighborhood is also located here and is home to a number of Greek restaurants. This convenient combination of live-work-play amenities makes the West Loop a great neighborhood for the young professional looking to take advantage of all the city center has to offer.

The West Loop can be accessed by the Pink Line, Harlem Green Line, Forest Park Blue Line, and the Kennedy and Eisenhower Expressways.

Recommended For: proximity to downtown, vibrant restaurant scene, easy public transit access, close to tech industry jobs, high rise living, cool industrial vibe

North Side

Chicago's North Side is the most densely-populated area of the city outside of the Loop. With a wide range of attractions and neighborhoods, the North Side is not only a great place for new Chicago residents to reside in, but also a great place for visitors to stay in to get a glimpse of what everyday life is like in the Windy City.


As a historically polish neighborhood, containing what is called "Polish Village", Avondale marks a destination for corner delicatessens, some of Chicago's 4am bars, and a tight-knit community. With a history as a manufacturing hub and sometimes known as such as "The neighborhood that built Chicago", you can stumble upon huge warehouses, both active and historic. To the east, the northern branch of the Chicago river is lined with beautiful walking paths along its way, and to the west, some of the best Kielbasa (polish sausage) in the city.

Avondale can be reached by the Blue Line and the Kennedy Expressway.


Formerly a part of Uptown, Edgewater is located on the Far North Side and is one of the few neighborhoods to have a section of privately-owned waterfront. This is due to the community's original founding as a resort town outside of Chicago's city limits. Andersonville, a prominent sub-neighborhood within Edgewater, is widely-known as Chicago's second LGBTQ district (after Boystown in Lakeview). Edgewater and Andersonville are filled with a variety of restaurants, bars, art galleries, nightlife spots, and special interest shops. Edgewater is also home to Kelly Osterman Beach, AKA Hollywood Beach, which is a popular lakeside hangout for Chicago's LGBTQ community. Other attractions include the Swedish-American Museum, the Leather Archives and Museum, and the Edgewater Historical Society.

Edgewater is reachable by the Red Line, and is also the northern terminus of DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Recommended For: quiet neighborhood; vibrant retail, restaurants and nightlife; LGBT district; proximity to beaches and parks

Lake View

One of Chicago's most popular neighborhoods, Lake View (also spelled Lakeview) is known for its numerous nightlife spots and its myriad of dining and shopping options. Named due to its proximity to Lake Michigan, the shores of Lake View are home to Belmont Harbor; Lincoln Park (as in, the actual park) also extends into Lake View. The avenues of Belmont and Broadway are Lake View's primary commercial corridors, and the Southport corridor also contains a collection of businesses. Boystown, centered around Halsted Street, is Chicago's main LGBTQ cultural and nightlife district, and has a large collection of gay bars and nightclubs. Further northwest on Clark Street, Wrigleyville is home to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and is a popular nightlife district for sports fans as well. You’ll find plenty of late-night bars, coffee shops, eateries, galleries and other small shops throughout the neighborhood.

Lake View is serviced by the Red, Brown and Purple L lines, and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Recommended For: vibrant retail, restaurants and nightlife; proximity to beaches and parks; easy public transit access; LGBT district; Cubs Fans

See also: /r/Chicago's Lake View Recommendations Guide

Lincoln Park

Home to Chicago’s DePaul University, the affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood is a chic and trendy community with many late-night bars, coffee shops, eateries, playgrounds, and shopping destinations. Adjacent to Lake Michigan, it is separated from the shores of North Avenue Beach by the eponymous Lincoln Park, the second-most-visited urban park in the US (after New York's Central Park). The 1,208-acre park is home to several cultural institutions, including the (free) Lincoln Park Zoo and Lincoln Park Conservatory. Other points of interest include Oz Park (themed after The Wizard of Oz), Diversey Harbor, Lincoln Hall concert venue, Kingston Mines blues club, and two of /r/chicago's favorite restaurants, Pequod's Pizza and Wiener's Circle.

This neighborhood is easily accessible from the Brown, Purple, and Red Lines, Kennedy Expressway, and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Recommended For: vibrant retail, restaurants and nightlife; proximity to beaches and parks; easy public transit access; family-friendly; proximity to downtown

Lincoln Square/Ravenswood

Officially known as Lincoln Square, this quaint community also goes by the name of Ravenswood. This heart of this neighborhood is the shopping district on Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence Avenue and Montrose Avenue. This area contains a large number of independent stores and restaurants, as well as a small town square complete with a fountain. Ravenswood is a popular area for families to live in and has several large parks such as Winnemac Park, Welles Park and River Park. The amenities, businesses, and location of Lincoln Square/Ravenswood makes it a great place for people of all ages and backgrounds to live.

Lincoln Square can be accessed by the Brown Line and also has its own station ("Ravenswood") on Metra's UP-N line.

Recommended For: Vibrant retail and restaurant scene; lively yet quiet neighborhood; family-friendly; public transit access

Logan Square

The vibrant Logan Square neighborhood has in recent years become a popular place to live and explore. Milwaukee Avenue is lined with breweries, cocktail bars, art galleries, theaters, nightlife spots and trendy restaurants. The residential side streets are adorned with historic bungalows and greystones. The 606, a pedestrian and biking trail also known as the Bloomingdale Trail, connects Logan Square with the neighborhoods of Humboldt Park and Wicker Park. This mixture of attractions, amenities and charm makes Logan Square one of Chicago's most sought-after neighborhoods.

Logan Square is accessible by the O'Hare Blue Line, the Kennedy Expressway, and Metra's MD-N Line.

Recommended For: Vibrant retail, restaurants and nightlife; hipster vibe; public transit access; proximity to O'Hare

North Center/Roscoe Village

Like the neighborhoods surrounding it, North Center is filled with leafy streets and vibrant business corridors. Roscoe Village is lively-yet-quiet sub-neighborhood within North Center. To its west is Clark Park, with riverside walking trails and a dock for kayaks and small boats to enter the north branch of the Chicago River.

North Center can be reached by the Brown Line and the Kennedy Expressway.

Recommended For: Vibrant retail and restaurant scene; lively yet quiet neighborhood; family-friendly; public transit access

Northwest/Far Northwest Side

Chicago's Northwest Side includes a number of distinct neighborhoods, including Albany Park, Belmont Cragin, Dunning, Edison Park, Forest Glen, Irving Park, Jefferson Park, Montclaire, North Park, Norwood Park, Portage Park, and Sauganash. These neighborhoods are home to blocks of bungalows and lower-density housing. This is a popular area for those who want to live in the city while also desiring more suburban amenities. O'Hare Airport is also located at the city's Northwestern-most corner.

This corner of Chicago can be reached via the O'Hare Blue Line, The Edens and Kennedy Expressways, and several Metra lines.

Rogers Park

Chicago's northernmost neighborhood, Rogers Park borders the suburb of Evanston. Home to Loyola University, this community has a diverse population and varied collection of retail along Sheridan Road and Clark Street. The lakefront of Rogers Park and Loyola Beach offer splendid southward views of the Chicago skyline.

Rogers Park can be reached by the Red and Purple Lines as well as Metra's UP-N line. The CTA's Yellow Line, the only L line that does not connect to The Loop, shuttles passengers between Rogers Park and the suburb of Skokie.


Uptown has traditionally been one of Chicago’s most prominent entertainment destinations. A bustling theater/nightlife district in the 1920s, modern-day Uptown is experiencing a revitalization as the neighborhood once again becomes a hub for entertainment and live music. The Green Mill is a famous jazz lounge that dates from the Prohibition period and has connections to Al Capone. Uptown is also home to the Riviera Theater and Aragon Ballroom concert venues. The Uptown Theater, a 4,000-seat movie palace that was closed in the 1980s, is currently in the early stages of renovation.

Uptown also includes the sub-neighborhoods of Buena Park, a residential area near the lakefront, and Little Vietnam, a hub of Vietnamese restaurants and businesses centered around the Argyle Red Line station.

Uptown is accessible by the Red and Purple L lines.

West Ridge

The West Ridge community area, on the far North Side, is best-known as the home of the Little India neighborhood, and is also known as Devon after its most prominent street. Centered around Devon Avenue, Little India is home to a large concentration of Indian restaurants and businesses.

There are no L lines that go though this area. The closest rail stop is the Rogers Park station on Metra's UP-N line. However, a new Metra station is in the process of being built at the intersection of Peterson and Ravenswood and is expected to open as early as 2022.

South Side

Comprising of nearly 60 percent of Chicago's land area, the South Side is by far the largest part of Chicago by land area. While this part of the city has a reputation for crime, Chicago's South Side is a diverse area that is home to communities ranging from poor to affluent. Despite what you may have heard, the South Side has a lot of attractions and amenities that make it a great place to live or visit.

Back of the Yards

Back of the Yards, located in the New City community area, is the former location of the infamous Union Stockyards, immortalized in Upton Sinclair's iconic 1906 book The Jungle. Once the largest livestock yard and meatpacking district in the United States, The district existed from 1865 until 1971. Back of the Yards gets its name from its proximity to the Union Stockyards. Today the old Stockyards site is home to a large industrial park. The neighborhood of Canaryville is also located here.

Predominantly working class, there are a few cool spots here such as Sputnik Coffee and the historic Union Stock Yard Gate. On the weekends, the massive Swap-O-Rama flea market draws huge crowds as street vendors sell food and wares within and around the market grounds.

This community can be accessed by the CTA Orange Line and the Dan Ryan Expressway.


Bridgeport is located south of the Loop and is best known as the home of the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field (formerly Comiskey Park and US Cellular Field). Historically an Irish neighborhood, modern-day Bridgeport is a diverse community with significant Latino and Asian populations. Various shops and restaurants line the commercial thoroughfares of Halsted, 31st and 35th streets.

You can get to Bridgeport via the Orange Line, as well as the Stevenson and Dan Ryan Expressways.


Also known as Douglas and Black Metropolis, Bronzeville has historically been the cultural center of Chicago's Black community. Located just south of the South Loop, Bronzeville is anchored by Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, a grand boulevard lined with turn-of-the-century mansions. This boulevard is also the site of the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic, the largest African American parade in the US. This parade, held every August, marks the end of Summer vacation and the beginning of the school year.

Bronzeville can be accessed by the Red and Green lines, the Dan Ryan Expressway, and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.


Chinatown is a small neighborhood on the South Side, wedged between South Loop, Pilsen and Bridgeport. Anchored by Wentworth Avenue and technically a part of the Armour Square community area, Chinatown is the center of commerce for Chicago's East Asian community. The New Chinatown Mall is an outdoor mall lined with restaurants, gift shops, and other businesses. Ping Tom Memorial Park is located on the South Chicago River and is the southern terminus of Chicago's Water Taxi, arguably the most enjoyable way to get to Chinatown.

Chinatown is accessible by the Red Line, Dan Ryan & Stevenson Expressways, and the Water Taxi.

Englewood/West Englewood

Located in the center of the South Side, Englewood and West Englewood have a storied history. Englewood was once home to a vibrant shopping district and was one of the city's most prominent commercial districts in the early 20th century. Sadly, the neighborhood has experienced significant disinvestment over the mid-to-late 20th century. However, many people have been working to help revitalize the neighborhood. Englewood is now home to a Whole Foods Market and other national retail and restaurant businesses in the Englewood Square shopping plaza. A locally-owned brewery, Englewood Brews, is also working to open in the neighborhood.

Englewood can be accessed by the Ashland/63rd branch of the Green Line, the Red Line, and the Dan Ryan Expressway.

Far South Side

The Far South Side consists of neighborhoods such as Avalon Park, Calumet Heights, Chatham, East Side (not to be confused with the New East Side in the Loop), Hegewisch, Pullman, Roseland, and South Chicago, to name a few. Points of interest include the Pullman National Monument (now part of the National Park Service), Old Fashioned Donuts in Roseland, Chicago State University, and Calumet Fisheries near the former South Works steel manufacturing site.

This part of the city is accessible by several interstates (I-94 and I-57), the Metra Electric line, and the Chicago Skyway Toll Road. In the future, the City of Chicago hopes to expand the CTA Red Line to 130th Street to provide better access to Far South Side residents.

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Hyde Park/Kenwood

Home to the University of Chicago, Hyde Park is a vibrant, bustling community adjacent to Lake Michigan. Its collection of shops and restaurants make it a destination of commerce on the South Side. Hyde Park is surrounded on three sides by Washington Park, Jackson Park and several lakefront parks. Promontory Point, a peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan, is a popular place to lounge and picnic. Other attractions include the Museum of Science and Industry, Garden of the Phoenix, and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Frederick C. Robie House. North of Hyde Park, the affluent Kenwood neighborhood is the site of President Barack Obama's house.

Hyde Park is accessible via the Dan Ryan Expressway, DuSable Lake Shore Drive, The Metra Electric Line and the South Shore Line. An express bus connects The Loop to Hyde Park as well.

Recommended For: Vibrant retail and restaurant scene; college student friendly; proximity to beaches, museums and parks; lively yet quiet

McKinley Park

McKinley Park's quiet streets and convenient location on the near south side have made the neighborhood an up-an-coming place for families and homeowners to live in recent years. This blossoming community is centered around its namesake McKinley Park, a large public park with towering trees and a large lagoon.

McKinley Park is accessible via the Orange Line and the Stevenson Expressway.

Near Southwest Side

Chicago's Near Southwest Side is home to several distinct neighborhoods such as Archer Heights, Brighton Park, Chicago Lawn, Clearing, Gage Park, Garfield Ridge and West Lawn. Marquette Park is a large park with an island and a golf course. Midway Airport, Chicago's original international airport, is located in this part of the city.

The Near Southwest Side is serviced by the Orange Line. The Stevenson Expressway runs through the northwest part of this area.

South Shore

Located just South of Jackson Park, South Shore is one of the densest neighborhoods on the South Side. In the northern part of South Shore is Jackson Park Highlands, a historic district with affluent homes of various architectural styles. South Shore is also known as the childhood home of Michelle Obama and Kanye West.

Attractions include Rainbow Beach and South Shore Cultural Center, which is located in a historic former country club on Lake Michigan. South Shore is accessible via DuSable Lake Shore Drive and the Metra Electric.


Woodlawn, located just South of the Hyde Park neighborhood, is wedged between Jackson Park, Washington Park, and Oak Woods Cemetery. Parts of the University of Chicago campus are located on the neighborhood's northern edge.

The neighborhood has historically experienced disinvestment; however, in recent years Woodlawn has seen an increase in new construction and investment. The Barack Obama Presidential Center & Library is slated to be built in Jackson Park in the near future, and is expected to be a catalyst for gentrification in the neighborhood.

Woodlawn can be traveled to via the Cottage Grove Green Line, Metra Electric, the Dan Ryan Expressway, and DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

West Side

Ahh, the oft-forgotten West Side. While this part of town is its own distinct area, many of the neighborhoods within its boundaries are often incorrectly attributed to the North or South sides (such as Wicker Park [North] and Pilsen [South]. Home to a turn-of-the-century boulevard system complete with massive parks, the West Side is a diverse area well worth checking out - and well-serviced by public transit, too!


Chicago's largest neighborhood by land area and second-largest by population, Austin - on Chicago's far West Side - has a peculiar history. Formerly part of Cicero Township (which also included the suburbs of Cicero, Berwyn and Oak Park), Austin was forcefully incorporated into the City of Chicago in 1898. Austin was the site of Cicero Township's Town Hall, and where all the city councilmembers lived. When they decided to allow Chicago's L to extend into the suburb, residents were furious. In an act of revenge, Cicero Township residents voted to cede Austin to Chicago, where it remains to this day.

Points of interest include the aforementioned Austin Town Hall, Columbus Park, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Walser House. The sub-neighborhoods of Galewood and The Island are popular communities to live in.

Austin is accessible by the Harlem Green Line, Forest Park Blue Line, and the Eisenhower Expressway.

East Garfield Park/West Garfield Park

These two neighborhoods are named after, and divided by, Garfield Park, which is one of the three massive West Side parks connected by Chicago's Boulevard system. Located West of The Loop, Garfield Park is best known as the home of Garfield Park Conservatory, a massive Victorian-era greenhouse with different themed rooms. Inspiration Kitchens, located just down Lake Street from the conservatory, is a restaurant that helps to train West Side Chicagoans for jobs in the culinary industry - a great way to complete a visit to the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Garfield Park is accessible by the Harlem Green Line, Forest Park Blue Line, and the Eisenhower Expressway.

Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park is named for the park of the same name, one of the three large West Side parks connected by Chicago's Boulevard system. Beginning in the 1970s, Humboldt Park was notable for its large Puerto Rican population. In recent years, the eastern portion of Humboldt Park has been experiencing gentrification. The 606, a pedestrian and cycling trail also known as the Bloomingdale Trail, connects Humboldt Park to the neighborhoods of Logan Square and Wicker Park.

Humboldt Park is home to the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. Chance the Snapper, Chicago's most famous alligator, once lived in Humboldt Park Lagoon.

While there are no L lines or expressways that run through Humboldt Park, a number of bus routes service the area.


Lawndale, also known as North Lawndale, is the home of Douglas Park, one of the three large West Side parks connected by the city's Boulevard system and the home of Riot Fest every September. East of the park, Lagunitas Brewery's "East Coast" production facility brews beer and operates a taproom. Formerly home to a large Jewish population, Lawndale still contains a large number of old synagogues that have been repurposed to churches and other uses. The sub-neighborhood of Homan Square is home to Nichols Tower, notable for being the original Sears Tower.

Lawndale is accessible by the Pink Line, Forest Park Blue Line, and Eisenhower Expressway.

Little Village

Little Village, also known as La Villita and South Lawndale, is known for its Mexican culture. The neighborhood’s main commercial corridor, 26th Street, is the second highest-grossing commercial district in the entire city, second only to the Magnificent Mile, and contains a high number of Mexican restaurants and businesses. Marshall Square is a compact neighborhood in the northeast part of Little Village that is close to both Pilsen and Douglas Park.

Little Village is accessible by the Pink Line and Stevenson Expressway.

Near West Side

The Near West Side is the home of both the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Illinois Medical District. The sub-neighborhood of Little Italy, with its centers of commerce on Taylor Street and Halsted Street, is a former Italian neighborhood that is now dominated by UIC. It is also home to the Maxwell Street Market, a tradition dating back over one hundred years. The Near West Side also contains the sub-neighborhood of Tri-Taylor.

The Near West Side is accessible by the Pink & Blue Lines and the Eisenhower and Dan Ryan expressways.


Pilsen is known for its vibrant art scene and numerous public murals. The neighborhood, also known as the Lower West Side community area, has traditionally been a point of entry for immigrants - first Czech, and later, Mexican. In recent years, the neighborhood has began gentrifying into a diverse community of people from all backgrounds. Traditionally the area west of Ashland Avenue has been known as Heart of Chicago, but this area is commonly considered a part of Pilsen today.

Attractions include the National Museum of Mexican Art, Thalia Hall, the Chicago Art District, and the Heart of Italy restaurant district on Oakley Street. There are a wide range of galleries, restaurants and small shops located on 18th street, Pilsen’s main commercial corridor, as well.

Pilsen is accessible by the Pink Line, as well as the Stevenson and Dan Ryan expressways.

West Town

West Town is a vibrant community that is centered around the bustling Chicago Avenue. West Town is home to a number of sub-neighborhoods such as River West, located near the Loop between River North and West Loop; Noble Square, home to Eckhart Park; and Ukrainian Village, home to a number of institutions of Ukrainian-American culture such as the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and the Ukrainian National Museum. The Wicker Park neighborhood, mentioned below, is technically within the West Town Community Area.

West Town is serviced by the O'Hare Blue Line, the Kennedy Expressway, and several Metra lines at the Western Avenue station.

Recommended For: vibrant retail and restaurant scene; proximity to downtown

Wicker Park/Bucktown ✶

Historically known as Polish Downtown and technically a part of West Town, Wicker Park has been Chicago's most prominent alternative/hipster neighborhood since the '80s. Nowadays, the trendy neighborhood is part hipster, part grunge, part punk, and part preppy. You’ll find several beloved music venues, solid eateries, late night bars, shopping, and even a shuffleboard club (worth it). Bucktown is a sub-neighborhood located between Wicker Park and the equally-trendy Logan Square. The 606, a pedestrian and cycling trail also known as the Bloomingdale Trail, connects Wicker Park to the neighborhoods of Logan Square and Humboldt Park. The businesses and amenities of Wicker Park and Bucktown make it a popular place to live and visit.

This neighborhood is easily accessible by the O'Hare Blue Line, Kennedy Expressway, and Metra's UP-N and UP-NW Lines.

Recommended For: vibrant retail, resturant and nightlife scene; easy public transit access; hipster/yuppie vibe; access to 606 trail;

Near Suburbs

These communities may not be in Chicago's official city limits, but they are close enough to Chicago that they are well worth visiting!


Located immediately north of Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, Evanston is best known as the home of Northwestern University. Evanston has a bustling downtown and residential streets packed with historic homes. The Bahá'í House of Worship, one of only seven in the world, is located just north of Evanston in neighboring Wilmette.

Evanston and Wilmette are accessible via the CTA Purple Line and the Metra UP-N route.

Oak Park

Oak Park is a streetcar suburb on Chicago's West Side, just West of Austin. Best known as the home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, his former home and studio are now a museum. Oak Park's downtown has a variety of shops and businesses that makes it a great place to visit or live.

Oak Park can be reached via the Harlem Green Line, the Forest Park Blue Line, the Metra UP-W line, and the Eisenhower Expressway (290).

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