Best Neighborhoods in Chicago

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At VeryApt we've created guides to help give you a sense of the different neighborhoods that Chicago has to offer. Each of our guides is the product of our own research and renter reviews from our platform. If you're overwhelmed with choices, a good place to start is our apartment finder!
Chicago, also known as Chi-Town or The Windy City, is the 2nd largest metropolitan area in the country and is comprised of 77 different neighborhoods. Your living experience will depend a lot on your zip code since each neighborhood brings its own unique charm and personality. Beware of cold winters here but when the weather begins to change and summer rolls around, there are few places as lively and entertaining as Chicago.

Where to Live in Chicago

Gold Coast
Gold Coast is a culturally diverse neighborhood with great restaurants, bars and fashion boutiques!
Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a neighborhood with great provisions for comfortable lifestyle especially for students.
Kenwood
Kenwood nurtures its history and culture along with embracing a contemporary lifestyle.
Lakeview
Lively neighborhood with great shopping and restaurants
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park is a great neighborhood to experience great shopping options and a fun nightlife just by the lake.
Oakton
The Historic District Within Evanston
Old Town
Old Town is a unique atmosphere with its small boutiques, art collection and most importantly its historical background.
Printer's Row
Printer's Row is a neighborhood which embraces its scholarly and historic roots to create a unique and wonderful neighborhood.
River East
A Developing Area with Lots of Eateries and Popular Entertainment Spots
South Loop
South Loop is a neighborhood which attracts several music and history lovers with its popular landmarks and events.
Streeterville
With an interesting historical background, Streeterville is an attractive and family oriented neighborhood.
The Loop
The Loop is a neighborhood which embraces it culture and architecture, which brings the area a beauty of its own
Dewey-Darrow Quiet Neighborhood Close to Downtown Evanston
Downtown Evanston Semi-Urban Feel and Home to Northwestern
Magnificent Mile Magnificent Mile has a developed and contemporary neighborhood with several shopping and dining options throughout the area.
Near Southside Near Southside is a community oriented neighborhood with its diverse cuisines and recreational destinations
Northeast Evanston Suburban Setting & Popular for Kellogg MBA Students
Woodlawn Beautiful Neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago