Neighborhood Guide

Chicago’s Up and Coming Neighborhoods for 2018

With each new year, comes speculation of Chicago’s latest ‘up and coming’ neighborhoods. From the South Side to North Side, to a deeply-rooted historic neighborhood to a trendy revitalized community, there’s something for everyone. Here we map the hottest neighborhoods in Chicago for 2018.

 

See the Best Chicago Neighborhoods for 2018…

 

Avondale

Avondale runs from Diversey to Addison, bordering the Chicago River and nearby Kennedy Expressway. While Chicagoans have loved longtime neighborhood cult-classic restaurants like Kuma’s Corner and Parachute, Avondale is gaining popularity as a place to settle and call home.

Bronzeville

A South Side neighborhood steeped in history, Bronzeville is in the midst of transformation. A growing development scene of gut-rehab greystones and single family homes is happening now across Bronzeville, nicely complimented by the neighborhood’s beautiful boulevard streets.

Noble Square

Noble Square is a community within the greater West Town area, which is seeing an influx of real estate activity. The neighborhood has an urban feel, while offering new construction and rehab opportunities. Located near Wicker Park and West Loop, Noble Square is attracting the young professional buyer (or tenant).

Buena Park

Buena Park fills the gap geographically between Lakeview and Uptown, tucked between Lake Michigan and Graceland Cemetery. Rising rent prices in Lincoln Park and Lakeview can entice renters north, and many will fall in love with quaint neighborly feel found in Buena Park.

Humboldt Park

A west side neighborhood with growing popularity, Humboldt Park is diverse and evolving. Many wish to live near the 606 trail in Humboldt Park to have access to nearby Wicker Park and Logan Square, where comparative rent prices tend to be higher.

 

Do you agree with our list? Tell us your favorite Chicago neighborhood!

 

 

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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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Neighborhood Guide, Places

Best Comedy in the City of Chicago

Best Comedy in the City of Chicago

According to Chicagomag.com:

Damn right the funniest—and this spring the merriment scales even greater heights. Consider: As this magazine went to press, Los Angeles’s fabled Laugh Factory was scheduled to open in the newly renovated Lakeshore Theater (its owner, Jamie Masada, promises that big names such as Tim Allen, Dave Chappelle, Carlos Mencia, and Bob Saget will grace the marquee). The Second City’s new standup venue is still just a few months old. The Chicago Improv Festival, with more than 80 acts, arrives at the end of April (click for our guide to the fest). Even the staff of The Onion is bowing to the trend: The satirical newspaper is ditching New York City for Chicago later this year. The downside of this flurry? The sheer volume of comedic choices here can be paralyzing. So our reporter visited scads of comedy shops around town to separate the hilarious from the hideous. A dozen destinations made the cut. Read on for her expert picks.

THE ANNOYANCE THEATRE & BAR
4830 N. Broadway; 773-561-4665,annoyanceproductions.com
What it offers: Improv and sketch
Backstory:: Twenty-four years ago, Mick Napier founded The Annoyance. In 2004, he codified his the-only-rule-is-no-rules philosophy in a book,Improvise, which has become a revered manual for aspiring improvisers. Today, Napier presides over the operation’s handsome digs in Uptown. In addition to providing an artistic home for the legendary comedienne Susan Messing, The Annoyance also welcomes budding writers who want to stage their work for a discerning crowd. (Past hit shows include Skiing Is Believing, Burlesque Is More,and 40 Whacks: A Lizzy Borden Musical.) We also dig the lobby’s high-low assortment of things to do: Play board games while sitting under a chandelier. Sip a Cosmopolitan or a PBR. Both, please, thank you.
Best for: You and your sullen teenager or anyone who ever insinuated that you aren’t “with it”
Must see: In a World. . . , Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ($8); Messing with a Friend,Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ($5)

CHICAGO UNDERGROUND COMEDY
Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-281-4444,chicagoundergroundcomedy.com
What it offers: Standup only
Backstory: “You are NOT going to see hack comedy performances detailing tired premises such as ‘the difference between men and women.’ ” So says the website for Chicago Underground Comedy, the Tuesday night carousel of talent in the backroom of Beat Kitchen, a bar in Roscoe Village (chalkboard beer list, pink Christmas lights, grimy tiles) where working comedians congregate. Instead, you’ll hear well-known local joke tellers dispense fresh alt-comedy about breakups, injuries, misunderstandings, working at Starbucks, and how to get a DUI on a bicycle.
Best for: A young, well-educated broke person
Must see: The fearless Ever Mainard and the always-cantankerous Mike Stanley, Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ($5)

THE COMEDY BAR
157 W. Ontario St.; 773-387-8412, comedybarchicago.com
What it offers: Standup only
Backstory: Three nights a week, the River North nightclub Ontourage places 160 chairs on the dance floor and becomes The Comedy Bar. These evenings attract polished standup veterans, usually playing to a mix of tourists and young Loop professionals. In a current show, Sean Flannery interweaves his monologue about near-death experiences—he has suffered 32 broken bones—with drawings, photos, and video clips. The swanky décor, reasonable ticket prices, and no drink minimum are pluses. Feel free to channel your Night at the Roxbury alter ego.
Best for: Someone dipping a toe into the city’s comedy pool
Must see: Flannery’s Never Been to Paris, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ($10); Mike Leibovitz, April 20 and 21 at 8 and 10 p.m. ($10)

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