As Chicago real estate experts, our clients always ask us “What are the best areas in Chicago to live?”
To answer this question, let’s first go back and say that Chicago is a very big city. Much taller than most people think. According to Choose Chicago, there are 77 official neighborhoods that make up Chicago. It would be impossible to rank them all, so we won’t.
Instead, Luxury Living Chicago likes to focus on what we call the “core” downtown neighborhoods. These are the seven neighborhoods that surround downtown Chicago and the Chicago business district. We believe these downtown Chicago neighborhoods are the best place to live in Chicago.
What are the neighborhoods of downtown Chicago?
There are seven neighborhoods that make up downtown Chicago.
They are as follows:
Whether you enjoy the lake views, the vibrant nightlife, or the short trips, living in downtown Chicago has many perks for residents, as this part of the city includes Chicago’s famous boutiques on Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s best restaurants, fun bars and clubs, and other exciting attractions.
The inner city neighborhoods are also home to Chicago’s best apartment buildings. These Chicago apartments have brand new finishes and amenities such as fitness centers and community spaces so residents can take advantage of all that is included in the rent.
The Best Places to Live in Chicago for Young Professionals
Chicago’s central business district is known as The Loop because of the L-rail tracks that form a circle, or “loop,” around this bustling part of the city. The Loop is home to many office towers and large corporations and corporations. In recent years, the Loop has also become a popular location for new Chicago apartments, as more restaurants and grocery stores have opened in the area.
Chicago’s seven downtown neighborhoods are close to the Loop and offer an easy commute, making them the best places to live in Chicago for young professionals. These neighborhoods have the most complete high-rise apartment buildings to choose from. Among many other features, these buildings are known to offer amenities such as an on-site concierge, free morning coffee, parcel reception, and dry cleaning on demand. These types of effective services are intended for busy professionals who don’t have a lot of time outside of work for shopping. All services are managed for them in their apartment community, which gives them more time to enjoy their free time.
Chicago’s best family neighborhoods
Since we’ve covered young professionals, let’s talk about families. There are a lot of families who live in downtown Chicago. The River North, Gold Coast, West Loop, Lakeshore East, and South Loop neighborhoods include great parks, family-friendly restaurants, amazing grocery stores, and endless entertainment options for the kids.
However, for our clients with families, or perhaps new parents, we also recommend living in the family neighborhoods of Chicago, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview. These two neighborhoods offer even more to do and see for Chicago families, such as the Lincoln Park Zoo, Bubble academy, and Coffee beans. Not to mention all the big parks with play areas and opportunities for parents to meet.
Chicago’s chicest neighborhoods
Chicago is a posh city with many posh neighborhoods.
The Gold Coast is as chic as it gets and epitomizes Chicago swing. Chicago’s famous Oak Street has some of the best places to shop on the Gold Coast with beautiful boutiques and upscale stores. Renowned designers such as Tory Burch, Hermes, Armani, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Barney’s and Harry Winston have outlets along this picturesque street.
Adding an Exciting Luxury Apartment in Gold Coast: The Sinclair, 1201 North LaSalle Street, a fabulous Chicago luxury apartment community with hotel-like amenities and a Jewel grocery store.
River North is a luxury destination in Chicago with million dollar townhouses, fine dining, health boutiques, and plenty of lounges.
Exciting Deluxe Addition River North Apartment: Wolf Point East, a new addition to the Chicago River skyline that offers luxury amenities and apartments.
Lincoln Park is an elegant residential neighborhood in Chicago with beautiful parks and trendy boutiques.
Upcoming Chicago Neighborhoods
Finally, we will focus on the newcomers. These Chicago neighborhoods may be flying a little under the radar now, but not for long.
River West was once a thriving market area and is still home to locally owned restaurants, shops and bakeries. The area is bordered by Grand, Division and the Kennedy Freeway. Although it’s not a big neighborhood, more and more unique apartment communities are starting to rise above the old warehouses and factories.
The hottest place to live in River West: Seven 10 West, 710 West Grand Avenue, is a boutique building offering progressive amenities for today’s modern tenants. Offering an impressive amount of amenities for a small apartment building, Seven 10 West has automated dry cleaning and parcel delivery systems, bicycle storage and a private dog park. Offering stunning city views, the rooftop terrace features an indoor / outdoor fireplace, gas grills and an outdoor TV. The residents’ lounge with a demonstration kitchen provides space for entertaining and relaxing. A state-of-the-art fitness center is also available on site.
Logan Square is a prosperous neighborhood just a few miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The neighborhood is full of eclectic shops, cafes and popular Chicago restaurants. Just five train stops from the loop, this neighborhood allows residents to use public transportation or cycle downtown, or easily get to O’Hare and suburban Chicago.
The hottest place to live in Logan Square: Logan Apartments, located at 2522 N Milwaukee, has direct access to Target as it is the anchored commercial component of the development. In addition, the development is surrounded by restaurants, health and wellness centers, pet shops, cafes and banks. Logan Apartments are located along two CTA bus lines and close to the CTA Blue Line.
If you want to be a trailblazer and live in a booming Chicago neighborhood, you better rent now while prices are still low and the crowds haven’t taken over.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and completeness.