Chicago Real Estate
Choosing to live in a world-class city like Chicago means having around-the-corner access to an endless supply of world-class shopping and dining options, pro sports venues, beaches and art and cultural experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.
Whether you choose to live in the heart of Chicago in the downtown neighborhood, or in the North, South or West sides, each neighborhood is a unique community with its own special charm and feel. Some of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods today are Lincoln Park, River North, the West Loop, Old Town, Lakeview and Wicker Park, but there are more than 200 neighborhoods throughout the city, making it the third largest in the U.S. behind New York City and Los Angeles, respectively.
The North Side of the city is the most densely populated residential section, and many high-rises are located on this side of the city along the lakefront. The South Side is the largest section of the city, encompassing roughly 60% of the city's land area. The South Side contains the University of Chicago and most of the facilities of the Port of Chicago.
Over one-third of the city population is concentrated in the lakefront neighborhoods (from Rogers Park in the north to South Shore in the south). These areas include the Mexican villages, such as Pilsen along 18th street, and La Villita along 26th Street; the Puerto Rican enclave Paseo Boricua in the Humboldt Park neighborhood; "Greektown", along South Halsted St, immediately west of downtown; "Little Italy", along Taylor St; "Chinatown"; "Polish Patches"; "Little Seoul", around Lawrence Avenue; a cluster of Vietnamese restaurants along Argyle Avenue near Broadway, and Indian/Pakistani along Devon Avenue.
The center of Chicago's financial, cultural, and commercial institutions and home to Grant Park and many of the city's skyscrapers, is the downtown area. Many of the city's financial institutions are located within a section of downtown called "The Loop", which is an eight-block by five-block square of city streets that are encircled by elevated rail tracks. The term "The Loop" is largely used by locals to refer to the entire downtown area as well. The city as a whole has no shortage of famous skyscrapers, abundant restaurants, shopping, museums, convention facilities, parkland areas, and beaches.
The 2.7 million residents who call Chicago home know the notoriously cold winters are worth the wait for the amazing feeling that resonates throughout the city when spring finally arrives each year. In the warmer months, the city comes alive with fun events like street festivals, Cubs and Sox games, concerts at Navy Pier, boat outings, glamorous outdoor dining and world-famous concerts like Lollapalooza held each August in Grant Park.