Vibrant and bustling River North is a hub of dining, entertainment, and all that’s ‘Chicago.’ Bordered by the Chicago River, the Magnificent Mile, and Chicago Avenue to the north, this was an industrial area of warehouses and factories. In the 1970s and 1980s, River North started its transformation into one of the chicest areas of the city. Today, River North is vibrant and bustling round the clock.
Everything you need is in this district for walkability and quality of life including a variety of grocery stores; Eataly, Treasure Island, and Jewel, fine dining, world-renowned shopping, workout facilities, trendy bars, and nightclubs. This area has the 2nd highest concentration of art galleries in America. The area has many high-rises, single-family to townhomes including riverfront properties that are readily available for purchase or rent.
From Michigan Avenue to Oak Street and Lake Michigan to the Chicago River, Streeterville is home to many hospitals and medical facilities. If you work in the Northwestern Hospital or Lurie Children’s Hospital or attend the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Streeterville is an excellent choice. Streeterville is home to Corepower Yoga, fitness studios, coffee shops, a large Whole Foods, Bockwinkles Grocery, and every type of shopping you could desire including hardware stores, pharmacies, and world-class shopping along the Magnificent Mile.
Navy pier, the RiverWalk, popular boat and bus tours, and over 25 hotels, this area is busy. There are 4-story historic single-family homes, riverfront townhomes, and many high-rise luxury condos, co-ops, and apartment buildings.
By day the Loop is busy, bustling with commuters and workers in the evening, and on the weekends it is for the city, quiet. Street performers line some of the popular shopping and tourist areas. If you want to be near work yet have quiet at night, the Loop may be for you. The Loop has less grocery stores than other areas of the city, and it is primarily high-rises. Incredible shopping, Millennium Park, and the ‘bean’ are in the Loop, so there are festivals all summer long and, of course, the Lake.
It houses some of Chicago’s newer residential high-rise condos, apartments, and townhomes creating small ‘neighborhoods,’ areas have been cleared to create ultra- high-end high-rises along Prairie Ave., Michigan Ave. and Wabash including 1000M being built near Grant Park and opening in 2019.
Chicago’s Grand Dame, the Gold Coast has an opulent and fashionable history. It is primarily residential with co-ops and high-rises along the Lake, high-rises, and luxurious historic single-family homes and townhomes. Shopping ranges from your daily needs, Potash, Jewel, or Plum Market, to ultra-high-end shopping along Oak St. The Gold Coast runs West from the Lake to Clark St. and South from Oak Street to North Ave.
Technically part of the Gold Coast, Old Town stretches from Clark Street West to Halsted and North Ave. South to Division St. It was founded by German immigrants in the 1850s and is known for its architecture, historic flair, and a small-town feel. Multi-story single-family homes, condos, and mid-rises are found along the tree-lined streets. Old Town is a treasure trove of nightlife with comedy clubs and ‘neighborhood’ restaurants with al fresco dining. There are Jewel and Plum Market for groceries, fitness centers, and boutique shopping.
From Diversey to North Avenue and the Chicago River to the Lake, Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods, approximately 1 mile from downtown, housing choices abound. High rises, luxury mid-rises, townhomes, single-family homes, and mansions nestled into parcels comprised of several city ‘lots’ combined. Tree-lined streets contain boutiques, fine grocers, and specialty marts including Gepperth’s Meat Market, a huge farmers market every week all summer long, restaurants, clubs, and the largest park in Chicago, Lincoln Park Conservatory and Zoo.
A former meat-packing and wholesale marketplace for Chicago restaurants, about 15 years ago, the area started to transform into one of the fastest-growing living, working, and nightlife destinations in Chicago. The living spaces created out of the existing industrial warehouses are truly unique. Mid and high-rises have been constructed where other buildings were razed. West Loop is the landing place for corporate headquarters such as McDonald’s, Boeing, Google, and, LinkedIn and the City of Chicago just opened a new 16,500-sq. ft. library. A ‘restaurant row’ has sprung up along Randolph Street with some of the most notable restaurants in the City of Chicago. Public transportation includes the green, pink, and blue L lines and many bus lines to get you around the City. The West Loop is an excellent place to live and work.
One of the largest neighborhoods in Chicago Lakeview stretches from Diversey North to Irving Park and from Ravenswood to the Lake. It is home to Wrigley Field and Boystown. The Cubs and Wrigley Field make this a very busy area ‘in season’ with tons of traffic, pedestrians, and restricted parking around Wrigley Field.
Commuters who use vehicles should take this into account when looking in the area surrounding Wrigley. Along Belmont Avenue are a theater, restaurant, and shopping district. Housing runs the entire spectrum from single-family to glamorous lakefront high-rises. The L train and buses provide easy citywide transportation.