Neighbourhoods in Chicago

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  • georgiagirlinwi
    Fond du Lac, WI165 contributions
    We stayed at a hotel on the magnificent mile, and that was perfect location. We were able to walk everywhere and found lots of cool stuff to see and do.
    Written 4 February 2023
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  • Jesus Z
    Monterrey, Mexico36 contributions
    It's a great area.
    You'll walk a lot so make sure you have comfortable shoes. There are a lot of bars, restaurants, shops.
    You can rent scooters and bikes.
    Written 30 September 2022
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  • Elliott P
    Skokie, IL508 contributions
    Wicker Park is fun!
    Offering a new Hyatt Place hotel, myriad great restaurants such as Small Cheval, and several spots to pick up a sweet treat such as Jenni’s Ice Cream, this is one happenin’ place.
    Written 9 January 2022
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  • William C
    Toledo, OH121 contributions
    The "Boys of Summer" (aka: the Cubs) are just north of this bastion of equality in Chicago. Going back to the late 70s and early 80s, this was a neighborhood in transition. You could pick up a condo conversion fairly reasonably. It was the absolute essence of gentrification. Finally, it emerged as an upscale area, and the reasonably-priced condos were no more.

    Over the years, though, it has slipped from its glory days. There are still shops, restaurants, and of course, the Treasure Island. But many of the novelty or one-of-a-kind shops have disappeared. There are several really nice hotels in the area, and it's a pleasant departure from the Loop or the Magnificent Mile. You can saunter down to LSD (Lake Shore Drive) and Lake Michigan.

    Back in those 70s, and 80s, you could find a dozen parking spots on any given street - even at 2AM. Now, parking is at a premium. In some cases, permits are required, so be very careful where you park. The CTA serves the area with buses on Halsted, Broadway, and Sheridan.
    Written 18 July 2019
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  • David T
    90 contributions
    We had a morning snack at The French Market in central city and took the Metra from there to Andersonville, a quick, uncrowded and safe ride. We were told to visit one or more neighborhoods by a local tour guide and this one did not disappoint. Great small venue shopping, including large thrift store. Andersonville Galleria was awesome as was Five Elements. Walked the charming neighborhood. Lunch at nice Replay. Return on Metra was somewhat different based on station under renovation. Stairs needed to reach platform, ADA compliance unknown. Great way to spend the afternoon especially if only exposure to Chicago has been center city.
    Written 1 August 2021
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  • RonL40
    Utica, NY3,364 contributions
    One of the best neighborhoods in Chicago to find restaurants, bars, bookstores and lots of art in a wide variety of venues. Great food, great art, fun browsing the stores.
    Written 28 October 2022
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  • RonL40
    Utica, NY3,364 contributions
    We based an eight-day trip in Hyde Park and it was wonderful. Lots of great places to eat, several excellent museums, great night life and plenty of pizza everywhere! Easy to walk about the University area and browse the stores and sights. Will be our base the next time we visit Chicago.
    Written 28 October 2022
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  • jgbtravels
    Louisville, KY2,967 contributions
    Iconic Chicago architecture at its best. Who doesn’t love these structures? You can get good views from a boat tour(we took Wendella) or from the south side of the river off of Michigan Avenue. These are photos you keep forever.
    Written 26 May 2021
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  • Irina
    United States10,219 contributions
    Oak Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood of the city is a fairly quiet street, which is famous for the luxury stores and boutiques. The street is very close to the north end of the N Michigan Avenue.

    In the ever-changing market economy, the looks of Oak Street are also changing: some upscale shops and businesses are moving out, relocating to the neighboring streets, some new ones are moving in. The top designer brands and the shops -- Prada, Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Harry Winston, Christian Louboutin, et al -- attract the attention and welcome visitors whose preference and joy is luxury shopping. Oak Street means just that: luxury shops, top brands, high quality, exquisite service, high prices.

    Oak Street has a very memorable sign "Esquire", that used to beautify the movie theater (built in 1938). The theater is long gone, and now the building is the upscale Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant. It's quite remarkable though, that the neon marquee sign "Esquire" still lightens up Oak Street, not only being a certain reference point , but also a strong reminder of the historic past of the street.
    Written 22 November 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,132 contributions
    Prairie Avenue on Chicago's South Side was known as "The Fifth Avenue of the Midwest" and the home of the Who's Who of Chicago's Gilded Age, site of the mansions of farm equipment manufacturing executive John J. Glessner, railroad czar George Pullman, merchant king Marshall Field, meatpacking magnate Philip Armour, organ and piano manufacturer William Wallace Kimball and Union Stock Yards founder John Sherman. Prairie Avenue, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and designated a Historic District in 1978 and a Chicago Landmark in 1979, includes the 1800 and 1900 blocks of South Prairie, the 1800 block of South Indiana and 211-217 East Cullerton. It became the city's most fashionable residential area after the Great Fire of 1871. The best known building is noted architect H.H. Richardson's fortress-like Glessner House, built in 1885-1886 at 1800 South Prairie in Richardson's signature Romanesque style. It has been restored as a historic house museum and open for public tours, telling the story of Prairie Avenue and the Gilded Age. Also open to the public as a house museum is the Clarke House at 1827 South Indiana. Built in 1836 and untouched by the Great Fire of 1871, it is the oldest house in Chicago and a classic example of the Greek Revival style. It features 19th century furnishings depicting life on the urban frontier. Over the decades, factories, parking lots and warehouses replaced the grand mansions. Only seven still exist today.
    Written 29 November 2022
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  • Manuel R
    4 contributions
    Do not pay the VIP ticket. It includes alcohol but you will just received 1 beer. Do not worth what you pay for what you receive. 2 of the restaurants were dirty. We visited 5 people restaurants.
    Written 24 October 2021
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  • NapierAro
    napier485 contributions
    My Airbnb host suggested that I walk and explore the Astor Street area, and I sure was rewarded. A stunning selection of highly desirable Victorian residences from the 1880s, along with a couple of Art Deco gems. Beautiful tree-lined streets enhanced the overall experience. Only down side was the amount of dog excrement left by the numerous designer dogs.
    Written 1 November 2022
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  • ADbomtony
    New York City, NY154 contributions
    There is a small museum with Pullman history, and artifacts. You can visit the hotel, the visitor center, and the historic pullman train car (at 111th St Metra station). Unfortunately, we could not get into any of them as they were sold out. There is a historic church and landmarked homes around the monument.

    The monument is being restored as many of the original buildings were destroyed/burned.

    Recommended if you are a train buff.
    Written 12 September 2021
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  • brmusicman
    Chicago, IL2,938 contributions
    Greektown's easy to access as a visitor to Chicago; it's just west of the Kennedy expressway, is not far away from the Loop (downtown), and is the gateway to the West Loop, full of hip bars and restaurants. Easy public transit access via bus or CTA blue line stops.

    Perhaps some of the character of Greektown has been reduced in recent years. This is due to some of the classic Greek restaurants along Halsted St. closing, due to either families deciding to get out of the business or shifting business conditions; the closure of some of the Greek-focused retail; and the gentrification of the surrounding neighborhood, now one of Chicago's most affluent. That said, it still has a Greek feel: there's the Hellenic museum; cool, Greek-focused architectural details; Greek street art; and a number of excellent Greek restaurants at which you can still get an authentic Greek meal and Greek hospitality.

    Worth a visit!
    Written 1 December 2019
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,132 contributions
    Ukrainian Village, located on Chicago's near west side, has been named the "hottest neighborhood in the country" by an online real estate brokerage firm. Bounded by Division Street on the north, Grand Avenue on the south, Western Avenue on the west and Damen Avenue on the east, it is included in the West Town community and contains one of the largest concentrations of Ukrainians in the United States. The area began as a farmland inhabited by German immigrants who formed the largest ethnic group in the vicinity. By the turn of the 19th century, the neighborhood was largely slavic as Ukrainians settled in the district because of their familiarity with the surrounding Polish community. Among the local landmarks are the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, St. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church and St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral that was designed by famed architect Louis Sullivan. The Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art display folk and fine arts. The neighborhood also is noted for its popular restaurants, bars, boutiques and clothing stores. The Empty Bottle is a go-to venue for hippest music. Homestead on the Roof is a farm-to-table restaurant with a view of the city. Old Lviv is an old-world spot serving a buffet of Ukrainian fare such as stuffed cabbage and pierogi. Shokolad bakery and cafe specializes in European pastries, custom desserts, borscht and pierogies. Black Dog Gelato specializes in gelato and sorbet.
    Written 29 December 2021
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