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 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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Top 7 Most Expensive Rentals in Chicago

How much are you willing to pay in rent? $20,000 per month?

Sure you could get a house, but then you’re stuck! Take a look at some of the most luxurious (and most expensive) rentals in Chicago right now. $20,000 too far out of your price range? That’s okay, we’ve got rentals for under $9,000!

1. 6 N Michigan Ave, Chicago – $20,000

4 beds | 4.5 baths | 6,400 sq ft

2. 1150 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago – $18,002

1 bed | 1 bath

3. 401 N Wabash Ave Unit 71E, Chicago – $16,000

3 beds | 4 full baths | 3,102 sq ft

4. 4 E Elm St Unit 6N, Chicago – $15,000


3 beds | 3 full , 1 half baths | 3,135 sq ft

5. 445 E North Water St Apt 2605, Chicago – $11,500

3 beds | 3 full , 1 half baths | 4,000 sq ft


6. 505 N Lake Shore Dr Apt 1112, Chicago – $10,000

4 beds | 3 full baths | 3,000 sq ft

7. 65 E Monroe St Unit 4726, Chicago – $7,470

3 beds | 2 full , 1 half baths | 2,490 sq ft






5 Most Expensive Rentals In The City Of Gardens – Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park: The city of gardens

From historic churches to beautiful brick houses nestled within landmarks, Lincoln Park has it all. If you are looking for a Chicago neighborhood with parks, entertainment and museums, this is the place you want to be.

Not only is Lincoln Park the home of DePaul University, but it holds plenty of natural beauty. Many enjoy visiting Lincoln Park for their peace and quiet time. But there comes a price when living in Lincoln Park. Its skyscraper backdrop and lakefront trail only means an expensive lifestyle.

While most monthly rentals will cost you around $1,500 a month for a one bedroom, a few Lincoln Park homes are worth way more.

Below are the 5 most expensive Lincoln Park rentals:

1. 2555 North Clark St.:
Just steps away from Lake Michigan and the Lincoln Park zoo!
1 bedroom/1 bathroom could cost you $2,475 per month
2 bedroom/2 bathroom: $3,467 per month

2. Belden Stratford – 2300 N Lincoln Park W.:
2 bedroom/2 bathrooms: $3,595 per month
A spacious, beautiful two bedroom apartment in a vintage high-rise in the heart of Lincoln Park

3. 2550 N Lakeview Ave.:
1 bedroom/1 bathroom: $4,550 per month
This apartment building features a sauna, swimming pool, exercise facilities, yoga room garden and more!

4. 1930 N Orchard St.:
This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home offers a huge yard. Master suite on one level. Skylights, chef’s kitchen, hardwood floors throughout and Juliet balcony. Garage parking for 4 cars! – $10,000 per month

5. 1664 N Burling St.:
5 bedrooms/5 bathrooms: $12,500 per month
This Lincoln Park home offers an entertainment library, 5 fireplaces, 2 patios, 2 balconies and sun deck. Wow!

You can see the lavish style those who live in Lincoln Park live. Being a safe nehgborhood and all, would you rent in Lincoln Park? There’s a new world to explore in this Chicago neighborhood.