Neighborhood Guide

9 Best Chicago Neighborhoods for Millennials

Chicago is a beloved city — by different generations alike. Whether it’s the lakefront, restaurants and nightlife, theatre and arts, sports culture, or thriving business scene, it’s a place many happily call “home.”

And it’s no coincidence young professionals continue to move to Chicago each year. In fact, Forbes named Chicago as the third leading city for attracting educated Millennials, following New York City and Los Angeles. Given our city’s 77 diverse neighborhoods, where are Millennials deciding to live in Chicago? Our team at Preview Chicago compiled a list of best neighborhoods for young professionals, based on location, access to transportation, housing options, and social scene.

 

Here are the 9 best neighborhoods in Chicago for Millennials:

 

West Loop

Arguably the hottest neighborhood in Chicago these days, the West Loop is an increasingly popular place to eat, play, work — and stay. Along Randolph Street are gathering spots like: Parlor, Soho House, Green Street Meats, Au Cheval, Federales, and Girl & The Goat. As the West Loop continues to develop, so does its neighboring area of Fulton Market — another destination for Chicago Millennials.

 

Old Town

The main drag in Old Town is Wells Street, which is home to a whole host of restaurants, bars and shops. Here you’ll find 20-somethings flocking to Soul Cycle, Pour House, Happy Camper and Benchmark. You also get the arts in Old Town, with Second City comedy and the annual Old Town Art Fair.

 

Logan Square

Logan Square is known for its ‘hipster’ vibe, boasting a buzzy scene of ultra-cool coffee shops, thrift stores, music venues, and breweries, like Revolution. The neighborhood also scores high for its walkability, bicycle friendliness and ease of public transportation, as well as availability of places to eat and hear music.

 

South Loop

The South Loop neighborhood has developed and grown in popularity, especially in the last five years. Just south of Chicago’s main downtown, the neighborhood is characterized by modern high-rises, condo buildings, and impressive views of Chicago’s skyline. Residents of the South Loop enjoy close proximity to Chicago’s museum campus, the lakefront, Grant Park, historic Printer’s Row, and a variety of good eats.

 

Lakeview

Lakeview is a sprawling Chicago neighborhood, with distinct pocket areas like Wrigleyville and Boystown. Given its diverse residents, Lakeview offers a range of amenities and attractions for all to enjoy. Main streets, like Broadway, Halsted and Clark, are bustling with activity nearly 24 hours a day. If you’re looking for quieter residential areas, explore East Lakeview or Southport Corridor.

 

Wicker Park

To Chicago’s west side is Wicker Park, where you’ll find a mix of hip, urban millennials and young professionals. Popular hangouts include Big Star, Antique Taco, Bongo Room, Chop Shop, Dove’s Luncheonette, and Emporium. Residents of Wicker Park enjoy easy access to the El train along the Blue Line, as well as close proximity to the 606 Trail and robust Damen district.

 

Rush & Division

If you’re into post-grad night life and the downtown scene, Rush & Division may be right for you. The neighborhood is nestled between River North and Gold Coast, offering the excitement and activity you’d expect living in a big city. There are plenty of apartment rentals, shops, restaurants and bars all in walkable distance, like: Blue Door Kitchen, Chicago q, Hopsmith, Luxbar, and The Hangge Uppe.

 

Park West

As a subset community of Lincoln Park, this neighborhood runs along Chicago’s east side near Lake Michigan. Its location is desirable for those prioritizing the lakefront, green space, and access to Lake Shore Drive. The neighborhood offers a variety of rental apartments, local restaurants, and an active social scene along Clark, Fullerton and nearby North Avenue Beach.

 

River North

If you want to be in the middle of it all: River North is for you. River North is a hub for Chicago businesses, hotels, attractions and nightlife. You’ll probably rent a small studio or one-bedroom, but can walk to work and most everything downtown has to offer. River North residents enjoy top restaurants, the riverwalk, night clubs, a variety of shops and galleries, and a lively bar scene on Hubbard Street.

 

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Lifestyle, Neighborhood Guide

How to Spend a Day on Broadway

Lakeview is a beloved north side neighborhood that’s home to a variety of restaurants, shops, bars, and longtime institutions. The neighborhood itself is one of Chicago’s more sprawling and culturally diverse, so here we’ll focus on Lakeview East — and more specifically: Broadway Street. Whether you’re a Chicago resident or a visitor, there are plenty of options on its main street (Broadway) to get a local taste of Lakeview, from day to night. Here we’ve outlined a dozen of our favorite spots along Broadway, from Diversey to Addison.

 

Bookmark these 12 destinations along Broadway…

 

Maison Marcel

Start your day at Maison Marcel, where you can find French pastries, coffee, and boho-inspired decor.  (Maison Marcel, 3114 N. Broadway)

Lakeview Athletic Club

Work up a sweat at Lakeview Athletic Club (LVAC), equipped with studio classes and a rooftop pool for summer months.  (Lakeview Athletic Club, 3212 N. Broadway)

Ingmar James

Stop by Ingmar James salon for a little pampering, from a fresh cut to master coloring.  (Ingmar James, 3255 N. Broadway)

Mortar and Pestle

Enjoy a top-rated brunch at Mortar and Pestle, where you can find a quality menu of breakfast and lunch fare.  (Mortar and Pestle, 3108 N. Broadway)

Unabridged Bookstore

Pop in Unabridged Bookstore for a literary experience, offering a range of books for all ages and interests.  (Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway)

The Coffee & Tea Exchange

Visit The Coffee & Tea Exchange to discover a variety of specialty coffee and teas, a neighborhood staple since 1975.  (The Coffee & Tea Exchange, 3311 N. Broadway)

Vanille Patisserie

Indulge your sweet tooth at Vanille Patisserie, where you’ll find dessert pastries, tartes, cakes, macarons, and more.  (Vanille, 3243 N. Broadway)

Reckless Records

Serving Chicago since 1989, Reckless Records has been a destination for music aficionados across genres.  (Reckless Records, 3126 N. Broadway)

wineHouse

wineHouse offers an inviting setting for wine tastings, special events, joining a wine club, and picking up a bottle for your favorite BYOB spot.  (wineHouse, 3164 N. Broadway)

Wakamono

Dine at Wakamono, a Lakeview favorite for sushi and Japanese fare — plus it’s BYOB.  (Wakamono, 3313 N. Broadway)

Laugh Factory

Hit up a show at Laugh Factory, one of the best and most popular comedy clubs in Chicago.  (Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway)

DryHop

Enjoy a night cap at DryHop, a hip local Lakeview brewery and restaurant.  (DryHop, 3155 N. Broadway)

 

Have you visited Lakeview lately? Tell us your favorite spots along Broadway!

 

 

 

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Drink, Eat, Events, Get The List, Life, Neighborhood Guide, Shop

The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Uptown Chicago

Many Chicago neighborhoods come close, but not many surpass the rich and culturally colorful history of Uptown. From things to do, bites to eat, and places you ought to see, here is a simple guide to some highlights of Uptown.

Beauty House Beauty Supply • 1041 W Wilson Ave

Look no further: anything you’ve been looking for, here is where you’re going to find it. This Uptown cosmetic shop is perhaps the finest beauty house in the city. Hair enthusiast and product junkies alike will find that this long-time staple is like a candy shop. Bags are checked in at the front door, and if you’re using a plastic card, your purchase must total $10 and onward. But, beyond that, there are endless aisles full of all your hair, hair care, skin, nails, and jewelry needs.

The Godfather’s Famous Pizza • 1265 W Wilson Ave

Another best in the city, “Godfather’s Pizza” is too mouth-watering for words. They’ve got stuffed pizzas, and puffed pizzas, pan pizzas, and thin crust pizzas, right on Wilson Avenue. There’s an eclectic menu full of other classic Italian bites, delivering to nearly 30 of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods for only $2.50.

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge • 4802 N Broadway St

Nothing sounds sweeter than a cocktail lounge with connections to Chicago mob history. It’s been around since 1907, and can be seen in movies such as Thief (1981), Soul Food (1997),  and High Fidelity (2000) to name a few. While you won’t catch Al Capone sitting in his favorite booth, or Jack McGurn’s men literally being cutthroat, you will find the sweet jazz and blues and poetry performances incredible. Get in early, because this place has a tendency to fill up.

Montrose Beach

The beach of Uptown, and a superbly popular beach for beach-goers,  there’s plenty of fun in the sun to be had. Wind up playing volleyball, or sitting under an umbrella, enjoy the complimentary WiFi. There are concession stands, kayak rentals, water-sport rentals like jet-skis, and plans had been made for a simulated wave pool. There’s even a fenced-off dog beach for a man and his best friend to play.

Black Ensemble Theater Company •  4450 N Clark Street

This theater company is at the epicenter of productions involving Black-American culture. You’ll enjoy musicals celebrating infamous black musicians and performers like Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, and Billie Holiday. One of the greatest aspects of this company is the role it plays in contributing to Chicago’s emerging Theater Town image. The company once performed at 4520 North Beacon Street, but have been performing in this new state of the art 50,000-square-foot Cultural Center since November 18, 2011.

West Argyle Street Historic District

Once a suburb called “Argyle Park,” and now Chicago’s first and only shared street, Asia on Argyle is just that. There’s a hodgepodge of Vietnamese, Chinese, Camboadian, Laotian, and Thai restaurants, bakeries and shops. Window shop and find duck roasting before your eyes. You’ll probably want to stop by Lao Sze Chuan and try the dry chili chicken while you’re there.

Wilson Red Line Uptown Station

While the Popeye’s is more of a throwback, and renovation of the Wilson Red line stop is already underway, the stone infrastructure of the Uptown Station will still remain in its architectural greatness. If you’ve traveled in and around Uptown during the past several decades, this station will always hold some sort of significance to you and bring you that good ole’ nostalgia.

 

Racial Reconciliation Mural • N Sheridan Rd & W Sunnyside Ave

The Unique Thrift Store on Sheridan is now something of the past, but for now, the mural along the wall of the building still stands. The mural has a rich history, which you can check out here, and is filled with symbolism and messages of faith. Completed in the mid-1990s, this art is worth taking a look at before anything could possibly happen to it.

Aragon Ballroom • 1106 W Lawrence Ave

The most awe-fulfilling factor that makes Uptown one of the greatest communities to ever grace Chicago is it’s very rich history. Not so long ago, people would flock to the ballroom from all over the city and surrounding suburbs, to partake in dance, concerts, and a melee of other uses. It was built in a Moorish architectural style, where the interior resembled a Spanish village, earning the Spanish name of “Aragon.” Today, the venue has continued to be used as the hot spot for concerts, live-recordings, and other events.

Riviera Theatre • 4746 N Racine Ave

This concert venue that fits about 2,500 people was built in 1917 at the intersection of Lawrence, Broadway and Racine. At one point, in the late 1980’s, it was a private nightclub. Since 2006, it’s been owned by Jam Productions. This June, catch Future Islands and Portugal. The ManBlack Daniels and Electric Guest in concert.

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