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Living in Chicago

Chicago has a walkable downtown and many walkable neighborhoods, connected by great city transportation the from the 'L' and Metra Rail systems. Stroll through Millennium Park, shop the Magnificent Mile, or set sail on the Great Lakes at the Navy Pier.

The downtown skyline reveals famous skyscrapers, beaches and the Chicago Bears Stadium. The North Side is home of Pizzeria Uno, the originator of Chicago's famous deep-dish pizzas. Workers flock to jobs at companies like Boeing, Kraft Foods, and McDonalds.

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Walk Score of Chicago, IL

Chicago is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Federal Plaza Farmers Market

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Hotel Burnham

Chicago is the 6th most walkable large city in the US with 2,695,598 residents.

Chicago has good public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

Find apartments in Chicago's most walkable neighborhoods: Near North, Printers Row and Gold Coast.

Chicago Apartments for Rent

View all Chicago apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,475 and the average home price is $259,360.

Rental info for Regents Park in the Chicago area
from $1,049
Studio
Walk Score 71
Rental info for 5452-5466 S. Ellis Avenue in the Chicago area
from $911
1 bed
Walk Score 83
Rental info for 5325 S. Hyde Park Boulevard in the Chicago area
from $929
1 bed
Walk Score 89
Rental info for 455 W. Wellington in the Chicago area
from $965
Studio
Walk Score 86
Rental info for 441 W. Oakdale in the Chicago area
from $1,185
Studio
Walk Score 88
Rental info for Hyde Park Tower Apartments in the Chicago area
from $1,239
1 bed
Walk Score 91
Rental info for 515 W. Briar in the Chicago area
from $1,215
1 bed
Walk Score 94
Rental info for 5300-5308 S. Hyde Park Boulevard in the Chicago area
from $625

To view Chicago homes for sale sorted by Walk Score, visit Trulia.com.

Chicago Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Near North 98 94 73 21,098
2 Printers Row 97 100 65 2,341
3 Gold Coast 96 91 74 30,051
4 The Loop 96 100 78 10,649
5 River North 96 96 78 7,915
6 West Loop Gate 96 99 84 6,047
7 East Ukrainian Village 95 74 89 7,170
8 Ranch Triangle 95 80 73 3,730
9 Lincoln Square 95 68 77 4,344
10 Streeterville 94 95 80 4,306
11 Noble Square 94 76 86 8,666
12 Wicker Park 94 75 87 11,183
13 Park West 94 80 78 12,051
14 Old Town 93 86 66 10,791
15 Wrigleyville 93 85 73 3,611
16 Old Town Triangle 93 81 72 7,946
17 Sheffield Neighbors 93 78 78 10,673
18 Andersonville 93 72 73 6,106
19 Sheridan Park 93 76 84 6,273
20 Greektown 93 96 80 725
21 Fulton River District 92 96 83 4,404
22 Ukrainian Village 92 71 87 5,908
23 Lincoln Park 92 79 79 14,409
24 Chinatown 91 75 75 4,693
25 Uptown 91 78 81 22,529
26 Lake View 90 78 74 51,713
27 Lake View East 90 81 78 37,695
28 Bucktown 90 73 82 17,368
29 Dearborn Park 89 96 75 3,470
30 Magnolia Glen 89 74 68 3,289
31 Lakewood - Balmoral 89 77 69 1,417
32 Palmer Square 89 71 82 7,719
33 Near East Side 89 98 82 5,918
34 South Loop 89 89 79 31,803
35 West Town 89 76 76 21,162
36 Wrightwood Neighbors 89 79 79 9,809
37 Edgewater Glen 89 73 68 2,335
38 Pilsen 89 66 81 12,274
39 Edgewater 88 71 66 11,533
40 Ravenswood 88 68 81 27,832
41 Roscoe Village 88 68 73 9,980
42 Buena Park 88 79 80 12,822
43 Ravenswood Gardens 88 66 71 1,273
44 River West 87 83 77 1,514
45 North Center 87 67 75 14,046
46 South East Ravenswood 87 72 73 1,992
47 Cabrini Green 87 84 62 1,261
48 Rogers Park 85 75 71 54,757
49 Goose Island 85 80 69 4,102
50 Edgewater Beach 85 75 76 30,698
51 Logan Square 85 68 71 84,600
52 Albany Park 85 62 66 56,303
53 University Village / Little Italy 85 73 83 18,049
54 Irving Park 84 66 69 13,850
55 Graceland West 84 76 74 3,153
56 East Pilsen 84 68 86 1,524
57 Heart of Chicago 83 66 68 19,951
58 East Hyde Park 83 67 69 10,907
59 Hyde Park 82 67 72 18,536
60 West De Paul 82 70 71 2,881
61 Arcadia Terrace 82 56 62 5,568
62 Lathrop Homes 81 65 73 3,636
63 Bowmanville 81 61 71 4,370
64 Ravenswood Manor 81 63 71 2,092
65 Budlong Woods 81 59 68 9,654
66 East Chatham 81 63 55 6,646
67 Near West Side 81 80 79 16,329
68 Humboldt Park 81 67 71 41,443
69 Avondale 80 69 70 18,050
70 West Rodgers Park 80 58 59 64,693
71 Gladstone Park 79 62 63 1,601
72 Tri-Taylor 79 72 83 3,209
73 Heart of Italy 79 64 61 1,233
74 Peterson Park 79 56 76 1,517
75 Mayfair 78 65 70 7,687
76 North Park 78 58 69 6,873
77 Margate Park 78 77 84 6,679
78 Hermosa 78 60 55 20,671
79 Little Village 78 62 59 80,500
80 Bridgeport 77 62 70 37,925
81 South Old Irving Park 77 70 59 1,341
82 Illinois Medical District 77 70 87 1,371
83 Cragin 77 60 56 38,800
84 Horner Park 77 63 69 3,292
85 Stony Island Park 77 59 59 3,578
86 Old Irving Park 77 70 61 11,752
87 The Gap 76 74 68 2,670
88 Kelvin Park 76 60 58 4,532
89 North Mayfair 76 59 67 7,137
90 Kenwood 75 67 75 6,400
91 Hanson Park 75 62 52 3,965
92 North Austin 75 62 52 23,835
93 Chatham 75 67 52 18,924
94 Chicago Lawn 75 58 55 18,523
95 South Shore 75 66 62 43,374
96 Belmont Central 75 59 58 30,870
97 Kilbourn Park 75 66 57 7,306
98 Lake Meadows 74 64 70 2,749
99 Belmont Gardens 74 61 59 12,874
100 Marynook 74 59 53 2,430
101 Avalon Park 73 63 56 3,519
102 South Austin 73 67 53 56,934
103 Homan Square 73 70 58 4,976
104 Jackson Park Highlands 73 69 61 1,570
105 Canaryville 73 65 48 5,251
106 Ida B. Wells / Darrow Homes 73 63 68 3,618
107 McKinley Park 73 62 54 14,213
108 Bronzeville 72 69 64 29,555
109 West Garfield Park 72 69 55 14,149
110 Back of the Yards 72 60 56 38,862
111 Winneconna Parkway 72 67 50 684
112 West Humboldt Park 72 63 52 14,181
113 Portage Park 72 60 55 43,331
114 Montclare 71 59 53 16,350
115 Jefferson Park 71 65 61 41,370
116 Lithuanian Plaza 71 57 50 1,174
117 North Kenwood 71 64 71 4,667
118 Gage Park 71 60 53 39,572
119 West Woodlawn 71 71 61 7,745
120 Hollywood Park 71 55 65 6,050
121 Archer Heights 70 64 54 57,612
122 The Villa 70 73 61 682
123 Schorsch Village 70 56 54 7,209
124 Pulaski Park 70 54 57 3,684
125 Brighton Park 70 60 53 46,460
126 Brainerd 69 65 50 13,085
127 Douglas Park 69 67 68 2,596
128 The Island 69 67 61 1,999
129 East Garfield Park 69 72 60 20,831
130 Gresham 69 61 50 50,358
131 Park Manor 69 71 58 15,217
132 Groveland Park 68 57 68 609
133 Grand Crossing 68 67 56 11,531
134 Marycrest 68 52 48 626
135 South Chicago 68 62 55 28,333
136 West Chatham 67 70 52 3,963
137 Fifth City 67 75 60 2,494
138 Dunning 67 55 51 7,285
139 Beverly 67 54 54 11,905
140 Roseland 67 60 48 21,121
141 Belmont Heights 66 56 50 12,952
142 Washington Park 66 72 54 12,003
143 West Lawn 66 59 53 35,383
144 Englewood 65 65 53 49,869
145 Edison Park 65 52 51 10,978
146 Parkway Gardens 65 76 60 1,248
147 West Englewood 65 61 54 25,768
148 Galewood 64 60 54 14,952
149 West Elsdon 64 63 51 18,227
150 Pullman 64 58 45 1,601
151 Ashburn 62 55 43 14,364
152 Kennedy Park 62 46 52 1,994
153 Parkview 62 57 48 1,336
154 Clearing (W) 62 43 57 16,037
155 Marquette Park 62 58 50 31,178
156 Scottsdale 61 58 46 13,856
157 Woodlawn 61 72 58 14,836
158 Beverly View 61 59 52 816
159 The Robert Taylor Homes 61 73 51 945
160 Morgan Park 60 52 55 17,036
161 West Beverly 60 47 51 4,124
162 Rosemoor 60 68 48 9,025
163 Calumet Heights 59 58 47 12,220
164 Norwood Park East 59 53 60 11,624
165 Union Ridge 59 57 52 4,872
166 Washington Heights 59 61 50 5,346
167 Prairie Shores 59 64 67 2,163
168 Edgebrook 59 43 51 4,358
169 Garfield Ridge 59 46 47 25,428
170 Oriole Park 58 52 47 4,648
171 Burnside 58 68 45 9,891
172 Vittum Park 58 53 48 4,416
173 Pill Hill 58 57 46 1,729
174 Fernwood 58 60 46 10,133
175 The Bush 57 63 48 2,565
176 South Commons 57 70 65 2,304
177 Sleepy Hollow 57 47 48 1,380
178 Longwood Manor 57 69 48 7,551
179 Schorsch Forest View 57 38 46 2,091
180 Wrightwood 57 54 44 9,461
181 Wentworth Gardens 56 72 56 736
182 West Chesterfield 56 82 43 4,136
183 Old Norwood Park 56 56 53 3,508
184 Fuller Park 55 72 46 2,836
185 Oakland 55 55 69 4,424
186 Beverly Woods 54 48 51 1,099
187 Wildwood 54 47 60 3,756
188 Big Oaks 54 48 50 4,791
189 East Side 54 38 53 23,145
190 Hegewisch 54 41 51 12,864
191 Belmont Terrace 54 56 46 2,656
192 East Beverly 52 53 51 4,268
193 Mount Greenwood 52 43 44 16,525
194 West Pullman 52 58 47 29,280
195 Forest Glen 51 61 56 1,334
196 LeClaire Courts 51 45 47 1,652
197 Clearing (E) 51 66 52 569
198 Sauganash 50 43 52 7,058
199 Chrysler Village 49 56 54 1,286
200 Princeton Park 47 86 44 3,162
201 Ford City 47 63 41 900
202 Mount Greenwood Heights 46 48 40 838
203 Norwood Park West 46 55 47 6,508
204 O'Hare 46 51 43 13,131
205 South Deering 45 51 50 8,355
206 Irving Woods 43 53 44 4,219
207 Chicago Midway Airport 42 59 45 739
208 Lake Calumet 38 56 37 2,531
209 Trumbull Park 34 40 46 587
210 Cottage Grove Heights 33 62 36 2,064
211 Altgeld Gardens 32 42 36 2,435
212 Golden Gate 32 45 37 1,930
213 Eden Green 30 47 37 1,518
214 London Towne 27 63 38 885
215 Tally's Corner 26 49 37 1,652

Eating & Drinking

There are about 8,532 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Chicago.

People in Chicago can walk to an average of 4 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Tiny Lounge

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Gale Street Inn Chicago

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Transit Score of Chicago, IL

Chicago has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Chicago apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Chicago has good public transportation and about 169 bus, 11 rail and 8 subway lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Chicago on public transit.

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Chicago has about 636 car shares from Hertz On Demand, RelayRides, Zipcar, I-GO and Getaround.

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Chicago Avenue Pumping Station

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

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Chicago Theatre

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Kempf Plaza

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Adriatic Restaurant

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A Taste of Heaven

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Bike Score of Chicago, IL

Chicago is Bikeable

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Crime in Chicago

Each year in Chicago, 35 violent crimes and 68 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

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What's It Like to Live in Chicago?

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Kempf Plaza

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3260-70 N Lake Shore Dr

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Wentworth & Cermak

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Along the Street

Overview

Chicago is a city of architecture – Frank Lloyd Wright was from nearby Oak Park – and downtown has so many remarkable high-rises that tourists come here for the buildings alone. The city’s historic dedication to building amazing structures means that there are lots of exceptional places to live, from condos in historic buildings to single family homes reflecting Wright’s modern style to spectacular shiny new skyscrapers.

The city ranks 6th for walkable large cities in the US and while biking is limited by weather and to those confident enough to ride in city traffic, extensive transit and lively street life make this a fine place to live for those that don’t want to rely on driving to get what they need.

Chicago the third largest city in the US after New York and Los Angeles, and is second only to New York for its financial district. The city is famous for its interpretation of deep dish pizza, so it’s not surprising that Lou Malnanti’s Pizza was voted one of the city’s best places to work in 2012 (Chicago Tribune). Other top ranked employers in the region include Fed Ex and consulting firms Ernst and Young, Accenture, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Networking giant LinkedIn has a Chicago office, as does online travel agent Orbitz . Hipster chic clothing and accessory company Threadless is here too.

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Chicago Avenue Pumping Station

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2429 LAKE MEADOWS

Getting Around

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) runs a subway system (the “El”) runs out to O’Hare International Airport, Oak Park, Evanston, Metra commuter rail runs even further, out to Kenosha, across the Wisconsin border to the north, and Jolie to the southwest. If you want to go further afield, Amtrak has a hub at Union Station running lines to New York, Washington DC, New Orleans, and all the way out to Seattle.

Divvy, Chicago’s bike share program, is one of the largest and most successful in North America. Even though the weather can be seasonally challenging, with snow in the winter and muggy days in the summer, Chicago’s mostly flat terrain makes it an easy city for biking.

ZipCar and Enterprise Car Share serve the city as well. Bike share, transit that goes from short term bus to long distance rail, and car share services mean that you can absolutely live in Chicago without a car.

The heart of the city – “The Loop” – is home to the world famous Chicago Art Institute. The reflective Cloud Gate sculpture (affectionately nicknamed The Bean) sits in Millennium Park, and there’s the glitzy shopping of the Magnificent Mile. Renters inside The Loop will find apartments ranging from studios to three and four bedroom luxury condos in high-rise buildings – a few have supermarkets at street level. You’ll always be walking distance from transit of all kinds; there are five major transit hubs downtown.

thumbnail for Hotel BurnhamFamous Hotel Burnham - known for its Architecture.

Scott Johnson
on Hotel Burnham

Neighborhoods

A little north of downtown, there’s the Gold Coast, a historic district with swank shopping, top ranked restaurants, and castle like mansions. There are high-rise apartment buildings here, but there are also some gorgeous old brownstones – walk up flats with bay windows, hardwood floors, and fireplaces, some of them quite large with as many as five bedrooms, good for big families that want to live in the city. This is grand old Chicago, pricey, elegant, and perched on the shores of Lake Michigan.

A tiny little neighborhood just south of The Loop, Printer’s Row, also ranks very high for walking. The brick buildings here, mostly converted to lofts, used to be home to Chicago’s printers and publishers. Near North, between Gold Coast and The Loop, has some of everything – beautifully renovated brownstones, studios and one bedrooms in brick buildings with elegant courtyards and architectural detailing, and new construction with gourmet kitchens and in-house fitness centers.

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Masjid Al-Faatir

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Kenwood United Church of Christ

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On The Street

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Field Museum

But because Chicago has such extensive transit, walkable living isn’t just limited to city center neighborhoods. Frank Lloyd Wright’s home town of Oak Park, ten miles west of downtown Chicago, is an attractive historic suburb – and city in its own rights -- where you don’t need a car and can commute by rail into the city. Writer Earnest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, there’s a museum devoted to him, and there are 25 standing Frank Lloyd Wright homes here, including his home and studio.

Lake View East, also has direct transit service into downtown. It’s five miles north of downtown and was voted one a “Best Big City Neighborhood” in a Money Magazine reader poll. Boystown is in Lake View – it’s Chicago’s predominately gay neighborhood and home to the annual pride parade. Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is in Lake View East, so traffic and game day parking can be a trial for residents and visitors alike, so it’s a good thing you don’t need a car to live in this part of the city.

Chicago has upwards of 200 neighborhoods, so whatever you’re looking for in character, you’re sure to find. Wicker Park is home to DIY hipster types and rapid renovation. River North is where you’ll find lots of furniture and interior design shops, perfect shopping once you find your new place. Andersonville has some of that “small town in a big city” feel. Beverly is ethnically diverse. Albany Park and West Ridge/West Roger's Park have top ranking public elementary schools.

Walk Score can help you find exactly the Chicago home you’re looking for, be it a studio or loft in a renovated brick building, a classic brownstone with two or three bedrooms and beautiful architectural details, or a luxury condominium in a new highrise building.

thumbnail for Kempf PlazaSuper great place to enjoy a snack....tons of kids playing with each other and often free music when weather permits #LincolnSquare

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on Kempf Plaza

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195 N Harbor Dr

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

thumbnail for 3260-70 N Lake Shore DrBelmont Harbor and the main water way to the lake. Go sailing or boating or just relax in the park and watch others navigate this peaceful waterway!

William Lorca
on 3260-70 N Lake Shore Dr

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