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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Tell us where you’d want to live in Chicago!

 

 

 

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Most Expensive

10 Most Expensive Zip Codes in Chicago

Ever wonder which neighborhoods in Chicago are the most expensive to live in? According to median sales data and average days on market, researchers from the Altos group investigated the priciest zip codes in the Windy City. Can you guess the #1 most expensive area in Chicago? Scroll below…

 

Here are the 10 most expensive zip codes in Chicago:

 

10.) 60622 – WEST TOWN

Median Price: $943,461

 

9.) 60607 – WEST LOOP

Median Price: $974,500

 

8.) 60640 – ANDERSONVILLE

Median Price: $1,092,296

 

7.) 60605 – SOUTH LOOP

Median Price: $1,153,263

 

6.) 60613 – NORTH CENTER

Median Price: $1,500,615

 

5.) 60657 – LAKEVIEW

Median Price: $1,503,346

 

4.) 60614 – LINCOLN PARK

Median Price: $1,917,258

 

3.) 60611 – STREETERVILLE/MAG MILE

Median Price: $2,562,115

 

2.) 60610 – RIVER WEST

Median Price: $2,764,423

 

1.) 60654 – RIVER NORTH ​

Median Price: $2,968,242

 

Do you agree with this list? Which neighborhood do you feel is most expensive now?

 

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Life

10 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Chicago

Fall is officially here — and so are the seasonal activities, like apple picking, cider sipping, and sight seeing.  Looking for fall activities locally in Chicago?  We’ve got a round-up of things to do, see and enjoy this autumn season — many free of cost.

 

Check out these 10 ways to celebrate fall in Chicago:

 

Chicago BeerHoptacular

BeerHoptacular is Chicago’s original craft beer festival with over 150 craft beers, now in its seventh annual celebration on November 4.  BeerHoptacular.com

Fall foliage at Millennium Park

Don’t miss the changing leaves against the city skyline at Millennium Park, where you’ll find 24+ acres filled with vibrant elms, hawthorns and maples.  Millennium Park

Bucktown Apple Pie Festival

Treat your sweet tooth on October 15 at the Bucktown Apple Pie Festival, where you can expect live music, raffles, activities for kids… and lots of apple pie.  BucktownApplePieContest.com

Take a seasonal cooking class

Put your cooking skills to the test at Chopping Block, now offering seasonal cooking classes like: autumn soups and stews, wine harvest dinner, and fall dinner party.  TheChoppingBlock.com

Loews Chicago Harvest Fest

Now in its third year, the rooftop terrace at the Loews hotel will transform into a fall pumpkin patch and biergärten on October 14. Admission is free. Loews Chicago Harvest Fest

The Massacre Horror Movie Marathon

For you movie junkies, catch a slasher flick (or two) at Patio Theatre, playing a 24-hour horror movie marathon.  Massacre Horror Movie Marathon

Chicago Haunted Tours

Chicago has its fair share of haunted landmarks and eerie history. At your risk, take a Chicago Ghost Tour or a Chicago Hauntings Tour.

Trick or Treat on Southport

Great for the kiddos, visit Chicago’s Southport Corridor neighborhood for trick-or-treating on October 30 from 4PM – 8PM.  Trick or Treat on Southport

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Just because you’re ages past trick-or-treating, you can still get your candy fix. Visit Dylan’s on Michigan Avenue for a vast array of sweets.  Dylan’s Candy Bar

Tailgate at Soldier Field

Fall and football is a natural pairing, right? Catch a Bears game at Soldier Field, or partake in pre-game festivities with a tailgate.  Soldier Field

 

 

What’s your favorite fall activity?

 

 

Feature image by: Julia Engel

 

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