With the influx of so many young professionals in Chicago, more businesses are springing up in historically overlooked neighborhoods to entice people to live there. Everyone knows popular neighborhoods like Andersonville, River North and Wicker Park.
We’re here to tell you about the 10 most up-and-coming neighborhoods in Chicago – and where they are in the city – so you can get in before they’re hot!
Just north of Logan Square, Avondale boasts some of the city’s hottest eateries (Kuma’s Corner, Honey Butter Fried Chicken) as well as Elston Street—which helps drivers travel quickly to the likes of Bucktown, Lincoln Park and River West. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings and parking can be challenging.
Located only a stone’s throw from the pricier Andersonville, Ravenswood and Uptown neighborhoods, Edgewater serves as an ethnically diverse part of town. Residents are in walking distance of authentic Ethiopian, Cantonese and Thai restaurants and markets, plus public transportation is bountiful. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings.One of the gorillas at Lincoln Park Zoo (Photo courtesy of Tony)
Price points for Humboldt Park properties are slightly lower than those in nearby Bucktown, Logan Square and Wicker Park, making it ideal for burgeoning young professionals. It’s also very lively, boasting plenty of budget-friendly restaurants, modern cocktail lounges and coffeehouses. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings.
Adjacent to the ritzy Kenwood—which boasts President Obama and celebrity chef Art Smith as residents—Hyde Park is quickly growing in popularity for hip, young professionals. A string of new restaurants, live-music venues, cocktail lounges and upscale shops have popped up in recent years to appeal to the area’s University of Chicago residents. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings.
Lincoln Park continues to be one of the top choices for young professionals, particularly for its upscale vibe. Most who flock to the area are willing to take on roommates to indulge in all the neighborhood offers, including the largest collection of sports bars in the city, a nice selection of inexpensive restaurants and Lincoln Park Zoo. Its proximity to downtown (only 5 to 10 minutes by elevated train) is also a draw. Apartments consist of low-rise and high-rise, multi-unit buildings.Heartland Cafe is a popular coffeehouse in Rogers Park (Photo courtesy of Keith Cooper)
Logan Square’s “hipster” attitude has been constantly compared to New York’s Williamsburg for many reasons. From its many buzzed-about bars and restaurants to vast amount of bike paths, the neighborhood manages to still be affordable for the average young professional. It also boasts numerous summer street festivals known for bringing in some of the biggest bands in entertainment. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings.
North Center/Lincoln Square offers a diverse community filled with residents from all walks of life. What makes it attractive for those in the 25-35 range is the fact that this quiet neighborhood isn’t too congested yet. That makes it appealing for those who drive, so they may park easily on the streets. Lincoln Avenue is the pulse of this community, offering a host of desirable restaurants and bars. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings.
Until recent years, Pilsen was a neighborhood attracting artsy types. It’s not unusual to spot street musicians entertaining passers-by on random corners and adding to Pilsen’s appeal. While the majority of the restaurants in the neighborhood serve authentic Mexican cuisine, a developing enclave of eateries specializes in chef-driven, contemporary American fare. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings. Parking is relatively easy in the area, which is only minutes away from downtown.
The far north side neighborhood of Rogers Park attracts a lot of post-collegiate types because of its close proximity to Lake Michigan and Evanston, which is home to Northwestern University. Though it’s approximately 35 to 40 minutes from downtown by car or elevated train, it is still popular with young people. In recent years, more trendy cafes, coffeehouses, bistros and shops have opened to keep them entertained. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings.
Just south of Wicker Park is Ukrainian Village, which is less congested than its pricier counterpart. An explosion of residential and commercial construction is one of the biggest draws to the area, particularly because the commute to downtown is less than 30 minutes. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings.Cover photo apartment complex in Hyde Park courtesy of Ray_from_LA.