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The third largest city in the United States, and sporting a rich history of jazz, laughs, and prohibition era gangsters, Chicago is truly an All-American city. Located on Lake Michigan’s southern coast, Chicago is bitter cold in the winter and beach friendly in the summer. Explore over 100 unique Chicago nabes: commercial districts, urban art scenes, bungalow belts, even forests! Chicago’s got just about every type of nabe you could imagine.

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  • lincoln park

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    Bordered by water east to west, Lincoln Park is a prime mix of palatial vintage and collegiate cool. A Midwest sister to Central Park, Lincoln Park’s namesake green space is Chicago’s largest—housing athletic fields, a zoo, and a Lake Michigan beachfront at its edge. Don’t let all that grass fool …

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  • Hyde Park

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    Located on Chicago’s south side and bound by Lake Michigan to the east, Hyde Park is most defined by the school it houses—the University of Chicago. Hyde Park is home to many museums; students and professors populate the area’s spotted bars and eating establishments, giving this nabe a truly

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  • Norwood Park

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    Travel just about as north as you can while staying inside Chicago city limits, and you’ll find yourself in Norwood Park. This residential nabe is composed of many smaller neighborhoods: Big Oaks, Oriole Park, Union Ridge, and Old Norwood Park. One of the most desirable elements of Norwood Park is …

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  • Boystown

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    The most lively pocket of Lakeview (and possibly the entire city!), Boystown’s also often referred to as Northalsted or Lakeview East. Boystown is a motley mix of all things eclectic and city chic. Wine stores, unique restaurants, awesome discount shopping, bars that know how to party—all can be found

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  • Little Italy

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    Chicago’s Little Italy sits inside University Village on the Near West Side. A favorite nabe for both tourists and residents alike, this is one of the top spots in Chicago for a merry dose of concentrated culture. While Little Italy's original population is waning, old residents often return to

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  • Mount Greenwood

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    Like its surrounding outer-Chicago nabes, Mount Greenwood is much more of a suburb than a city. This little nabe on the southwest side's borderline is a community-oriented place where tradition thrives—think nabe-wide events and bars decked in sports memorabilia from local schools. Mount Greenwood is primarily residential (real estate

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  • Montclare

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    This northwest side nabe may have been haven to Chicago’s top mobsters back in the day, but now all that remains in Montclare from the underworld are the beautiful Tudors and Victorians bosses once called home. Real estate here runs larger than most urban residential nabes, making Montclare much more …

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  • Bucktown

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    Bucktown takes its name from the goats that once roamed its streets (male goat = buck). Hooves long gone now though, Bucktown plays little bro to next door Wicker Park, and occupies the same eclectic art-chic niche. It’s even home to an artist colony, Gallery Point. Scattered cobblestone roads, hundred-year-old …

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  • Jefferson Park

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    Jefferson Park—the “gateway to Chicago”—has been an important transportation hub and link for decades. The nabe also has a strong cultural history centered on the historic Gateway Theatre, an old movie theatre that now hosts theater performances and concerts. Jefferson Park is filled to the brim with bungalow-style housing

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  • Lawndale

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    A quiet suburban spot on Chicago’s west side, Lawndale just may be a nabe on the verge of change—new developments have been cropping up in the area lately. If modern architecture isn’t your thing, Lawndale’s also filled with Chicago’s bungalows and greystones. Get fresh eats at the local farmer’s market, …

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  • Gage Park

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    Overlooked by most of the city’s population, Gage Park is a quiet and tidy nabe with row after row of classic Chicago bungalows. There's not much of a nightlife here, but a variety of mom and pop restaurants keep this nabe well-fed. The Orange Line, which runs along the

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  • Near South Side

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    Love the Loop but afraid it’s too busy to live in? Shuffle just a few steps south to Chicago’s fastest-growing nabe, Near South Side. This nabe became cool through a change in real estate: it transformed its massive factories into chic, spacious, high-ceilinged apartments and condos–some on the lakefront

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  • Brighton Park

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    Although quite centrally located, this south side nabe offers residential amenities typically reserved for suburban sprawl. Homes come with yards (small, but room for a garden), and super-convenient private garages (peace out, parking issues). Real estate ranges from small bungalows to ranches and two-story homes. Brighton Park’s known as

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  • Avalon Park

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    Once a swamp, some of Avalon Park’s homes still stand on stilts meant to protect them from the long-gone bog water. Now a pleasant, residential, and dry nabe on Chicago’s south side, Avalon Park also holds the smaller nabes of Marynook and Stony Island Park within its borders. A stroll …

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  • Wicker Park

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    A hustle-bustle nabe located northwest of The Loop inWest Town, Wicker Park is well-known as fertile grounds for creative go-getters. Often compared to NYC’s Greenwich Village or SoHo, Wicker Park holds more art galleries, fashion boutiques, and music venues than office buildings, and has played home-base and backdrop to many …

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  • Beverly

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    Who said the Midwest was flat all over? Not any one from Beverly. The Chicago nabe sits at the highest elevation point in the city, and really has actual hills (similar to the LA nabe of the same name). While it lies on Chicago’s most southern and western borderlines,

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  • South Loop

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    Though it’s just steps away from The Loop itself, South Loop has managed to maintain a calm generally reserved for the city’s less-central hoods. It’s also the top spot in the city to view gigantic beasts: South Loop is home to famed Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum (you know, …

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  • Clearing

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    While Clearing got its name from a failed railroad scheme in the 1890s, the nabe today is unquestionably a success. Similar to Garfield Ridge to the north and in the shadow of Midway Airport to the east, this nabe has a reputation as a quiet (except for landing aircraft)

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  • Austin

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    Due to its large mass and its proximity to popular Chicago suburbs Oak Park and Cicero, Austin often gets treated like a city of its own. This nabe has an “un-suburban” multifarious nature though that makes it truly feel like a part of Chicago. Traveling through Austin, you’ll experience

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  • Douglas

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    Douglas owes its name to Civil War-era Illinois politician Stephen A. Douglas—his monumental tomb rests here. Close to downtown and nestled right on Lake Michigan’s shoreline, Douglas has a location that any Chicagoan would envy. The Douglas community totes a glowing sense of togetherness, pride, and permanence—if you landed

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  • Irving Park

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    This nabe is known for its incredibly beautiful and historic housing, and for being more of a conglomerate of pocket nabes than a unified community. The houses sit on large lots away from the street and provide ample space–something that’s at a premium in Chicago. A vast number of local …

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  • Wrigleyville

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    A baseball fan’s delight, this Lakeview pocket nabe is home to Wrigley Field and its shops, restaurants, bars, and residents readily embrace all things Chicago Cub-themed. Many buildings even host Wrigley Roofs—rooftops filled with bleacher seats perfect for viewing sold-out cubs games. While it's a bit more All American and …

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  • North Center

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    In Chicago’s north side, community-oriented North Center is often a second option for those looking to live in Lakeview (a bit busier) or Lincoln Park (more majestic). With all-American amenities in abundance (think diners, parks, and bowling alleys) and neighborhood events year-round, this nabe is ideal for city dwellers

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  • Riverdale

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    A far south side post-industrial nabe with close ties to West Pullman, Riverdale is most well-known for Altgeld Gardens, a 1,500 unit low rise housing project where President Obama was once a community organizer. Almost a city within itself, Altgeld Gardens houses its own schools and medical facilities. Like most …

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  • Greater Grand Crossing

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    Named for a once-hazardous intersection of two major rail lines, Greater Grand Crossing (or just Grand Crossing) is still influenced by its eponymous railroad junction. One line is now the Metra Electric line, and I-90 follows the route of the other. Denser, though similar in character to its neighbor

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  • Harwood Heights

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    Similar to Norridge, Harwood Heights is an independent town fully surrounded by Chicago nabes. The town attempted to annex itself to Chicago in 1947 but was denied by the city, and since then Harwood Heights has steadfastly held onto its identity and town status. However, as much as this

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  • Chatham

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    Chatham may be a typical suburban south side nabe, but it prides itself on being one of the best. This stable, solid, and jolly nabe enjoys a fresh commercial stretch that features fine dining and drinking establishments, small boutiques, and an array of commercial chains as well (Target, to

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  • North Park

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    There’s a high concentration of academia in this northern Chicago nabe. North Park boasts not one, but two universities within its borders: North Park University in the southeast corner, and Northeastern Illinois University in the northeast corner. College students hard at work here mingle with North Park’s other locals, mostly …

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  • Gold Coast

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    Gold Coast is an aptly named nabe. A prestigious mix of high rise apartments, condos, and old chateau homes, Gold Coast is located just north of The Loop. Its residents are quite proud of their immaculate community—complete with beachfront, leisurely Lake Shore Drive, elite cuisine, and some of the finest

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  • Back of the Yards

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    Once famous for being an industrial powerhouse, and then for getting one of the hardest hits during the Great Depression, Back of the Yards steadfastly un-slummed itself and evolved into a clean and quaint residential dwelling place on Chicago’s southwest side. A diligent neighborhood council here works hard to

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