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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 very bikeable.

Find apartments in Chicago's most walkable neighborhoods: Near North Side, West Loop and East Ukrainian Village.

Chicago Apartments for Rent

Chicago Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Near North Side 96 90 81 85,347
2 West Loop 96 100 87 6,097
3 East Ukrainian Village 96 74 93 7,233
4 Ukrainian Village 94 69 90 6,002
5 Wicker Park 94 74 86 8,833
6 Lincoln Park 94 80 88 26,167
7 The Loop 93 99 84 14,709
8 Grant Park 93 100 84 1,158
9 Fulton River District 93 96 85 4,427
10 Noble Square 93 74 91 8,494
11 DePaul 92 76 86 30,656
12 South Loop 92 93 89 35,008
13 Bucktown 91 72 80 17,318
14 Lakeview 91 79 81 94,521
15 West Town 91 74 89 21,561
16 Uptown 91 79 82 48,579
17 Ravenswood 90 68 83 35,239
18 Edgewater 89 72 85 56,505
19 North Center 88 66 71 17,134
20 Armour Square 88 75 84 12,718
21 Pilsen 88 65 83 35,903
22 Logan Square 88 68 81 92,596
23 Roscoe Village 88 66 80 14,401
24 Albany Park 87 62 68 57,227
25 Near West Side 86 81 89 17,235
26 Hyde Park 86 67 95 18,584
27 Rogers Park 86 73 73 55,247
28 Goose Island 86 80 79 3,790
29 University Village - Little Italy 85 72 92 17,447
30 Irving Park 85 66 69 14,184
31 River West 84 79 87 1,298
32 Humboldt Park 84 66 82 39,790
33 Avondale 84 68 77 17,980
34 East Hyde Park 83 66 96 11,204
35 South Old Irving Park 83 70 74 1,346
36 Tri-Taylor 82 71 88 3,341
37 Cragin 82 59 66 42,978
38 Lincoln Square 82 59 87 14,134
39 Mayfair 82 65 77 7,468
40 Little Village 82 61 66 80,787
41 Chatham 82 67 58 25,742
42 West Ridge 81 55 74 71,939
43 Illinois Medical District 81 72 89 833
44 Bridgeport 81 60 82 32,884
45 Kilbourn Park 80 64 75 7,047
46 Hermosa 79 59 67 20,888
47 Old Irving Park 79 70 73 11,558
48 Kenwood 79 66 91 6,207
49 Belmont Central 78 59 58 31,071
50 North Mayfair 78 58 70 6,882
51 Belmont Gardens 78 60 70 17,392
52 East Garfield Park 78 72 74 23,705
53 Chicago Lawn 78 58 60 18,914
54 Marynook 78 59 52 2,461
55 West Garfield Park 78 70 69 14,189
56 Stony Island Park 77 59 61 3,601
57 Avalon Park 77 64 56 3,567
58 West Humboldt Park 77 62 64 13,598
59 Back of the Yards 76 61 65 47,169
60 Austin 76 65 65 80,920
61 Grand Crossing 76 65 61 11,044
62 The Villa 75 72 64 598
63 McKinley Park 75 63 66 14,484
64 South Shore 75 66 70 46,254
65 West Woodlawn 75 71 69 8,107
66 Montclare 74 58 63 16,143
67 Bronzeville 74 67 73 54,188
68 Archer Heights 74 57 61 15,593
69 Portage Park 74 59 64 43,601
70 North Park 73 54 72 17,672
71 Gage Park 73 60 63 39,517
72 Lawndale 72 66 68 50,720
73 Brighton Park 72 60 65 46,284
74 Gresham 72 61 63 52,409
75 Jefferson Park 72 64 70 44,147
76 Park Manor 71 72 67 16,563
77 Brainerd 71 62 68 12,894
78 West Chatham 71 71 59 3,818
79 Schorsch Village 71 55 61 7,287
80 West Elsdon 70 62 60 18,156
81 West Lawn 70 57 58 35,434
82 South Chicago 70 61 61 30,820
83 Englewood 70 65 64 49,557
84 Galewood 69 58 61 14,803
85 Woodlawn 69 72 72 14,253
86 Belmont Heights 69 54 54 12,912
87 Roseland 69 60 63 28,719
88 Marquette Park 69 57 58 32,328
89 West Englewood 68 62 63 25,522
90 Washington Park 68 74 67 11,328
91 Beverly Woods 68 45 62 1,136
92 Dunning 68 53 59 6,881
93 West Morgan Park 67 40 59 2,545
94 Edison Park 66 46 56 10,972
95 Washington Heights 66 58 65 5,226
96 Morgan Park 66 50 71 16,994
97 Beverly 64 50 68 20,245
98 Scottsdale 64 56 55 14,173
99 Calumet Heights 63 57 54 13,790
100 Burnside 63 66 49 9,931
101 Longwood Manor 62 66 59 6,407
102 Norwood Park 62 51 63 35,948
103 Fernwood 61 57 54 9,984
104 Clearing 61 42 60 19,136
105 Kennedy Park 61 43 62 1,874
106 East Side 61 37 59 22,945
107 Schorsch Forest View 61 34 46 2,215
108 West Chesterfield 59 79 51 4,125
109 Ford City 59 62 47 861
110 Wildwood 59 40 61 4,060
111 Edgebrook 59 42 60 4,628
112 Belmont Terrace 58 53 52 2,554
113 Ashburn 58 56 51 16,334
114 Garfield Ridge 58 43 56 36,247
115 O'Hare 57 50 44 13,002
116 Wrightwood 55 53 52 9,542
117 Sauganash 55 41 55 6,525
118 West Pullman 54 54 56 29,655
119 Mount Greenwood 54 43 61 17,508
120 Hegewisch 52 33 65 9,511
121 South Deering 49 50 49 14,340
122 Pullman 49 59 51 7,284
123 Irving Woods 48 49 46 4,355
124 Princeton Park 43 83 45 3,364
125 Tally's Corner 41 47 43 1,584

Eating & Drinking

There are about 9,489 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Chicago.

People in Chicago can walk to an average of 6 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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thumbnail for Federal Plaza Farmers MarketTake a break from the office and walk down to this farmers market to browse their selection of local goods. Hours: Tuesdays, 7am-3pm. #farmersmarket Photo: OrganicNation

Kelley B.
on Federal Plaza Farmers Market

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 170 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.

Neighborhood Guides

Thinking of renting an apartment or buying in Chicago? Ask our neighborhood guides a question.

Terri Buseman

A resident of the South Loop since 1985, Terri Buseman has sold a variety of downtown properties, from single family homes and townhomes, to lofts and condominiums since 2004. She and her husband have raised their family in the city, and therefore can relate to the challenges families face when making real estate changes.

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Chicago Avenue Pumping Station

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

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Kingsbury Plaza

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Kempf Plaza

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Adriatic Restaurant

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A Taste of Heaven

Bike Score of Chicago, IL

Chicago is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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Crime in Chicago

= Lowest Crime

Each year in Chicago, 32 violent crimes and 60 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

Use our crime maps to find an apartment for rent in a safe Chicago neighborhood.

Pick a neighborhood to see crime maps or type an address to see the Crime Grade for that location.

What's It Like to Live in Chicago?

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Kempf Plaza

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3260 & 3270 N Lake Shore Drive

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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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195 N Harbor Dr

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

Elaine Heaney
on Kempf Plaza

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

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The Field Museum Stores

thumbnail for 3260 & 3270 N Lake Shore DriveBelmont 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 & 3270 N Lake Shore Drive

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