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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Avondale

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    Most known for its Polish Village pocket nabe (a.k.a Jackawo and Waclawowo), Avondale rocks a down-to-earth attitude on the northwest side. That is, until you take a tour of its places of worship, which display some of the most impressive architecture in the city. Known for its sausages, mom

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  • Edgewater

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    Edgewater boasts beachfronts fit for the rich and famous. Seriously, back in the late 1800’s, this northern nabe was the top summer getaway spot for Chicago’s affluent ladies and gents. The beaches remain now, still spick-and-span, and edged with high rise apartment buildings and condos. Away from the sand,

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  • West Pullman

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    West Pullman serves as a far south side borderline between Chicago and its suburbs. Initially one of the most popular nabes for railway and factory workers from all over Chicago, West Pullman today is home to some of the most multifarious real estate in Chicago, as well as a

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  • O’Hare

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    Although it shares its name with O’Hare International Airport five miles to the west, O’Hare’s no dreary transit hub. O’Hare rests in Chicago’s northwest corner, 14 miles from The Loop. Thanks to the Des Plaines River and numerous woods in and around the area, O’Hare is by far the

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  • West Garfield Park

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    West Garfield Park’s proximity to downtown (just 5 miles from The Loop) has given it a much-needed rehab in recent years, sprucing up the area with new stores and restaurants where once the commercial elements had fallen into disrepair. An even mix of residential and urban, West Garfield Park’s

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  • Polish Village

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    A cozy pocket nabe of Avondale on the Northwest Side, Polish Village has a lot of modest two-flats, a smattering of bungalows, and more than its fair share of sausage. This nabe has unquestionably strong community ties, whether between neighbors or extending overseas, and celebrities from the old country

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  • The Loop

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    Commercial center and heart of the city, The Loop’s hovering high rises house Chicago’s heads of finance and government. Taking its name from the L train tracks that circle the area, this nabe is the place to go for mainstream entertainment: want to see an opera, ballet, play, or

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ashburn

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    While it took a while for Ashburn to truly bloom, this place once known solely as a place to dump one’s fireplace ashes (thus the name) is now one of Chicago's most stable nabes—once people move here, they tend to stay. A combination of modern development, vintage brick homes,

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  • River North

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    Known as a go-to-live nabe for those working in The Loop, River North manages to pull off serene urban living. This nabe swaps the mansions and homes popular in other parts of Chicago for apartments and condos, its most famous being the two sky-high honeycomb-shaped Marina Towers, which overlook

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  • Albany Park

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    This northern Chicago residential nabe may be one of the most well-traversed of its kind: Chicago residents are known to flock here from all over the city. Why? Although they’re certainly charming, it’s not to see Albany Park’s classic-Chicago bungalows or its two libraries. It’s because folks are hungry

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  • McKinley Park

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    Southwest side McKinley Park may be sleepy and residential, but it also boasts a prime location: you can breeze downtown in a mere 15 minutes on the orange line. Residents here praise their namesake park: large, grassy, uncrowded–it even has a duck pond! While food and entertainment are a bit

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  • Rogers Park

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    Harmoniously diverse and the northernmost nabe in all of Chicago, Rogers Park is known as place where it’s easy (or at least easier) to find city real estate that fits your needs. Highlights here include abundant parks, dreamy Lake Michigan beaches (about a 10 minute walk away from anywhere in

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  • Humboldt Park

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    Often referred to as Little Puerto Rico, Humboldt Park is one of West Town’s quieter nabes. Home to a combination of brick bungalows and apartment buildings, this nabe has dining options scattered all over the place, and amazing recreation and entertainment opportunities year round at its namesake 207 acre park:

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • lakeview

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    The most densely populated area in the entire Midwest, Lakeview knows how to pack its people in tight.This nabe is a mix of busy commercial corridors and dapper residential backstreets. Lakeview is a classic hustle-bustle city spot. It’s one of the best places to people watch, and with Chicago pillars …

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  • Morgan Park

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    Home to pocket nabes Kennedy Park and West Morgan Park, Morgan Park is located on Chicago’s southwest side, just under Beverly. This quiet, residential nabe is one of Chicago’s lucky few whose streets do not conform to the grid system. Modeled to feel like an English town, Morgan Park sports …

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  • Lincoln Square

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    Not to be confused with the more grand Lincoln Parkto the south, Lincoln Square is home to, well, home. This nabe is known throughout the city for its small-town appeal. Lively (but not too loud) and community-oriented, Lincoln Square prides itself also on being a place you’ll never need to …

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  • Hermosa

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    Hermosa is a cute nabe on Chicago’s northwest side with streets packed full of brownstones and greystones, along with some bungalows for good measure. This is a densely populated nabe (nearly 27,000 people in an area slightly over one square mile). A couple of nice but smallish parks, and a …

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  • Forest Glen

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    Forest Glen (home to the pocket nabes ofSauganash, Edgebrook, and Wildwood) is commonly referred to as ‘Chicago’s Finest Community’—a nabe many upper-level public servants call home. A decent commute from the city center, Forest Glen is one of Chicago’s most northerly nabes. So what’s the allure? Well, they weren’t lying …

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  • Belmont Cragin

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    Originally an industrial nabe, residential Belmont Cragin sits in Chicago’s northwest side. Home to three pocket nabes (Hanson Park, Cragin, and Belmont Central), Belmont Cragin gets its name from a fusion of old and new: ‘Belmont’ from one of the nabe’s main commercial stretches, and ‘Cragin’ from the Cragin Brothers’ …

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