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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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3260-70 N Lake Shore Dr

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Wentworth & Cermak

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, East Ukrainian Village and West Loop.

Chicago Apartments for Rent

View all Chicago apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,600 and the average home price is $277,633.

Rental info for Halsted Flats Apartments in the Chicago area
from $1,582
Studio
Walk Score 94
Rental info for 1000 South Clark Apartments in the Chicago area
from $1,735
Studio
Walk Score 88
Rental info for Belmont Tower Apartments in the Chicago area
from $1,350
1 bed
Walk Score 89
Rental info for Alta at K Station in the Chicago area
from $1,391
Studio
Walk Score 94
Rental info for 7954 S Justine - Pangea Apartments in the Chicago area
from $745
Rental info for The Tides at Lakeshore East Apartments in the Chicago area
from $1,616
Rental info for Wolf Point West Apartments in the Chicago area
from $1,841
Studio
Walk Score 96
Rental info for Albion at Loyola Station Apartments in the Chicago area
from $1,950

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

Chicago Neighborhoods

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 9,218 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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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 171 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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Chicago Theatre

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Adriatic Restaurant

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A Taste of Heaven

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Fireside Restaurant & Lounge

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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Along the Street

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Chicago Avenue Pumping Station

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2429 LAKE MEADOWS

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Masjid Al-Faatir

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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Kenwood United Church of Christ

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On The Street

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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195 N Harbor Dr

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

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The Field Museum Store

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Pee Wee's Place Inc

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.

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Elaine Heaney
on Kempf Plaza

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Residential Street

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Autozone

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Beaubien Elementary School

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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