Travel in chicago

Travel in chicago

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Chicago is a cosmopolitan destination that offers plenty of variety for visitors. It boasts an eclectic cultural scene, and it’s also a great city for dancing the night away at the hottest clubs. Whether visitors are searching for a sophisticated urban escape or a gritty experience of the urban landscape, …

Hegewisch

Hegewisch

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Pronounced HEG-wish, the most southeast Chicago nabe, borders Indiana and feels more like a small Midwestern town than part of Chicago. There is a large business district along 133rd Street offering restaurants and shops of all kinds, (but no gas station!). Most residents simply drive across the border to

Back of the Yards

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

North Center

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

Beverly

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,

Jefferson Park

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

Hyde Park

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

East Garfield Park

East Garfield Park

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Handsome brick flats line the streets of East Garfield Park and its pocket nabe Fifth City. East Garfield Park can brag that it's the home of the beautifully landscaped Garfield Park and the glass palace that contains the Garfield Park Conservatory. The Conservatory is an especially nice escape in

Archer Heights

Archer Heights

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Named after the avenue that runs diagonally through the nabe, family-oriented Archer Heights sits in Chicago’s southwest side. Real Estate here ranges from bungalows and ranch houses to old brick apartment buildings, and even some new condos. While the nabe is known for being residential, it boasts some highly

Little Village

Little Village

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Characterized by its terra cotta ‘bienvenidos’ gateway, Little Village is truly a nabe where visitors are welcome, and their stomachs and senses are never let down. Little Village (once known as South Lawndale) serves up some of the city’s most delicious, sought-after, and affordable food: from family style restaurants,

Bridgeport

Bridgeport

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There must be something pretty good about a nabe if 5 Chicago mayors have called it home. Bridgeport garnered its name from a former Chicago River bridge so low that boats had to stop and call this place port. It was never a huge bummer though; Bridgeport’s always been

Englewood

Englewood

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The residents of Englewood aren't afraid to work together to tackle some very challenging obstacles in order to make this nabe a better place to live. Large parks like Ogden Park and Hamilton Park, which host free concerts every summer, provide the nabe with some relaxing greenery. Englewood's two

Bronzeville

Bronzeville

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Bronzeville is a truly distinct pocket nabe insideDouglas. One of the most lively areas of Chicago during the Jazz Age, Bronzeville served as the Midwestern equivalent to NYC’s world-famous Harlem, housing legendary performers Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole. That history’s still celebrated today through vibrant murals, the Walk

Douglas

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

Brighton Park

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

Chatham

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

Mount Greenwood

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

Avondale

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

Edgewater

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,

West Pullman

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

O'Hare

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

Polish Village

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

The Loop

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

Greater Grand Crossing

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

Clearing

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)

Gage Park

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

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

Ashburn

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,

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 …