Washington Heights

Washington Heights

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Pristine lawns and quaint brick bungalows line Washington Heights’ streets in Chicago’s far south side. Residents of this strictly residential nabe can get active at Jackie Robinson Park, or indulge in some quality reading at the Chicago Public Library’s Woodson branch—boasting the second largest collection of African American history and …

Uptown

Uptown

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Not so long ago, Uptown was merely a cobwebbed reminder of Chicago’s affluent Gilded Age. Walk through Uptown now though, and you’ll see history repairing itself and once again thriving—this nabe’s in the midst of a glowing revival. The famous bars, theaters, and dance clubs that made this nabe

Pullman

Pullman

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Remember the Pullman Strike you learned about in middle school? Yeah, that happened here. Pullman got its name from railroad car mogul George Pullman and his Pullman Palace Car Company. This nabe got many of its uniform streets and homes from the mini-city George Pullman created for his workers

Chinatown

Chinatown

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Walk through the Chinatown Gate on Wentworth Avenue and you’ll enter a world independent from the rest of Chicago. The 4th largest of its kind in the U.S., Chinatown has provided Chicagoans with an authentic escape from typical city life for over a century. Its ornate decor (zodiac sculptures

New Eastside

New Eastside

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High-rise dominated New Eastside sits in The Loop's northern sector. Here, offices, hotels, and luxe condos are all centered around magnificent 6 acre Lakeshore East Park–abound with fountains and lush lawns in the center of the city. Amenities within walking distance include shopping on Michigan Avenue, swimming and sunning

Woodlawn

Woodlawn

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This south side nabe has undergone quite the transition in the past few years. Once suffering from a relatively shoddy past, Woodlawn's undergone a great revival: it's home now to some bustling streets, lovely small parks, and even an award-winning farmers market. The change is due in part to

Logan Square

Logan Square

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Its historic namesake (Civil War General John A. Logan) and a bit of grit give Logan Square a particularly old-world vibe. The nabe is known as one of the more residential spaces in Chicago; you can exercise a true appreciation for housing by taking a tour of its many

Calumet Heights

Calumet Heights

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An ideal nabe for citydwellers yearning for the suburban life, super-calm Calumet Heights sits on Chicago’s south side. Its real estate consists mostly of pre-war bungalows—each a bit unique from its neighbor—with some apartments and condos as well. Enjoy ample opportunities for recreation at Owen’s Park (complete with grassy

Harwood Heights

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

Austin

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