Home seekers will enjoy the many different neighborhoods to choose from here, as well as the variety of houses, condos and townhomes available. Depending on where you settle, you could be right downtown, next to a popular community park or near top-rated schools.
We hope that our website's community information will help you to choose between the many wonderful areas; each has a lot to offer the home buyer.
Near North Side
Gold Coast, River North, Old Town, Streeterville, Mag Mile
The Gold Coast is historically Chicago’s most elegant neighborhood. Located from Oak Street to North Avenue and from the lake on the east to Clark Street on the west, this upscale area offers both urban energy and quiet, tree-lined enclaves. You’ll see historic brownstones and gray-stone enchanted streets, parkways lined with trees, flowers, landscaping, single-family homes and high-rises. Horse-drawn carriages still clop down the streets, and restaurants, shops, nightlife and beaches are all a short walk away. The River North district includes a mix of loft conversions and luxury high-rise apartments, along with some of the city’s best restaurants. This area is home to the famous “Mag Mile” with the high end shops along Oak Street, Rush Street and Michigan Avenue as well as the Rush Street nightlife scene, and the iconic John Hancock office and condo building. . A few blocks west, Old Town offers restaurants and nightlife along Wells Street. Furthest east along the lake you’ll find Streeterville - home to Chicago’s many exclusive high-rise residences and Navy Pier.
New East Side, Loop, Cultural Mile, South Loop, Printer’s Row
Called “the Loop” because it’s encircled by elevated train lines, Chicago’s central business district has become increasingly residential in recent years, with the addition of new buildings and conversions around Millennium Park and further south to Roosevelt Road. The bustling Loop epitomizes “bright lights, big city,” with world-renowned architecture, shopping and restaurants. The area is rich in culture, with the Civic Opera House on Wacker Drive; the glittering theater district on State, Dearborn and Randolph streets; Symphony Center on Michigan Avenue, home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; The Art Institute, Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, where free classical music concerts and film screenings are offered in summer; and the museum campus on the south. As an alternative to the Mag Mile shopping area, the new name for this part of Michigan Avenue is The Cultural Mile. This holiday season, don’t miss the outdoor Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza—a celebration of crafts, gifts and food from Germany and other European countries.
Lincoln Park, DePaul Area
Long one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods, Lincoln Park truly is a jewel. With its vast namesake park and proximity to the Lakefront Path, it appeals to outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike throughout the seasons. Elegant brick brownstones on leafy streets rub shoulders with sleek new construction—offering an array of home styles to fit a range of tastes and lifestyles. And, Lincoln Park residents find their neighborhood offers a true taste of Chicago, with fine and casual dining, local culture from top-notch comedy at Second City to world-class theater at Steppenwolf, and boutique shopping alongside the seasonal Green City Market. Just two miles north of the Loop, Lincoln Park is an easy bus, train, or cab ride from downtown.
West Town, Wicker Park
West Town, Wicker Park and Bucktown are known for the abundance of welcoming, delicious and local restaurants, cafes and coffee shops like these at the corner of Wood Street, Division St and Honore in Chicago.
Tri-Taylor, West Loop, University Village
Located just west of Chicago’s central business district, this vibrant neighborhood of lofts, high-rise condominiums, many low-rise new construction and huge array of restaurants including the Greek Town restaurant district on Halsted Street and a row of acclaimed eateries along west Randolph Street. Perfect for people who enjoy urban glamour and being able to walk home from the office, this area is also close to sporting and concert events at the United Center, the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, and restaurants on Maxwell Street. As more homes have been added in recent years, new businesses to serve West Loop residents have followed, including gourmet grocery stores on Halsted. At Van Buren and Halsted, the National Hellenic Museum celebrates Greek culture and traditions.