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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Affordable Chicago

The Cheapest in Lincoln Park

Don’t think you can’t get an awesome place in Lincoln Park due to the expense.

Lincoln Park has some great spots that are stylish and affordable!

Check out the 5 cheapest Lincoln Park pads that have style below:

1. 636 W Webster Ave Apt 402 – $138,000 – studio

“Spacious Lincoln Park top floor studio condo located across from Oz Park. Exposed brick, wood floors, air conditioning, breakfast bar and fireplace. Laundry and bike storage in building. Building has an elevator and is located a short distance to DePaul, lake, and all that Lincoln Park has to offer. On site parking available. Indoor parking $75/month;outdoor $65.”

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2. 345 W Fullerton Pkwy Apt 508 – $141,000 – studio

“Very bright and airy! Floor to ceiling windows that open full floor to ceiling. Never lived in rehab. New stainless appliances never used. Full amenity towers, on site dry cleaners, 24 hr doorman, workout room, Valet parking.”
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3. 2740 N Pine Grove Ave Apt 4C – $159,900 – 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

“Fantastic Lincoln Park location for this 1BR/1BTH. Kitchen w/ granite counters, new oven/range, newer fridge & breakfast bar opens to living space w/ new laminate hardwood floors & balcony w/ tree-top views. Large organized closet/dressing area adjoins bathroom. Bldg has overnight doorman, card laundry, on-site engineer & garage rental parking. Pets ok. Steps to lake, park, shops, dining & public transportation.”
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4. 1750 N Wells St Apt 207 – $165,400 – studio

“Comfy studio. Prime location. Posh Old Town/Lincoln Park area. Stainless Steel appliances. 9 1/2 foot ceiling. Quiet pet friendly building with security system. Convenient access to park, zoo, restaurants, entertainment, buses and trains. Wide open floor plan ready for your decorating ideas.”
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5. 2000 N Lincoln Park Pkwy W Unit 309 – $165,000 – studio

“This prime location is across from Lincoln Park is just steps to the lake and zoo. The unit has an upgraded kitchen with 42 inch cabinets with granite counters, under mount sink, and stainless steel appliances. There are hardwood floors throughout the unit, and a wonderful walk- in closet with built in cabinetry. The separate dining area is accommodates a table and has built in corner cabinets. The building has a fitness center, full laundry facilities, bike room, roof top deck, 24 -hour doorman, on-site maintenance, dry cleaners and best of all is pet friendly! There is easy access to restaurants, entertainment and just steps to major transportation.”
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For under $200,000, these are great!

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