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The best places to live in Chicago
Chicago is a multicultural city that boasts a variety of neighbourhoods to suit a diverse range of new residents. While many expats are drawn to the northern neighbourhoods and suburbs, the city as a whole offers a myriad of residential options.
Neighbourhoods in Chicago
Just north of central Chicago, Lakeview is a popular neighbourhood and is home to several different communities, including families and young professionals.
Those who enjoy sports will be pleased to know that Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, is located here. It's also a buzzing nightlife destination with tons of restaurants and bars as well as live music venues and theatres.
Close to the banks of Lake Michigan, Lakeview also offers outdoor activities such as golfing, running and biking paths, and direct access to Lincoln Park. A tree-lined neighbourhood dotted with coffee shops and parks, Lakeview is a beautiful place to live.
Lincoln Park is a lively area located close to Downtown Chicago. Families with children of all ages live in this neighbourhood. It is popular with newcomers because of the good public and private schools located nearby.
The Lincoln Park neighbourhood feels like a big garden in the middle of urban civilisation and boasts zoos, beaches on the shore of Lake Michigan, as well as running and biking trails and plenty of playgrounds. Those interested in exploring the area's nightlife can look forward to discovering everything from sophisticated cocktail lounges to laid-back dive bars.
Although technically its own city, Evanston is favoured by many who work in Chicago. It is located to the north of Chicago and is home to Northwestern University. The area attracts not only students but also families with children of all ages. It's a family-friendly residential area populated by large, beautiful houses with gardens. Evanston also offers a charming downtown area with a variety of dining and shopping options.
Logan Square is located northwest of Downtown and is a short drive away from the O'Hare International Airport. The population here is mostly composed of working-class people. There are diverse international communities, and the area is also popular with students and artists.
Much of the population in this neighbourhood is attracted by the low rent. Accommodation options consist mainly of apartments.
►For more on the city's property market see Accommodation in Chicago.
Photo credits: View from Lincoln Park by Benjamin Rascoe. Sourced from Unsplash.
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