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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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77 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: East Ukrainian Village, Near North Side and West Loop.

Chicago Apartments for Rent

Chicago Neighborhoods

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

Average Home Features

According to HomeAdvisor Data, these characteristics make up the average home in Chicago

Average square footage 2000
Homeowners have 3.2 bedrooms
Homeowners have 2.2 bathrooms
Age of home 44 years
Average time living in home 13 years

Check out HomeAdvisor’s Chicago Home Happiness Survey.

Eating & Drinking

There are about 8,133 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Chicago.

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

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Tiny Lounge

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Pee-Wees Place

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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

65 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 168 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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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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Montgomery Ward Park

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Chicago Avenue Pumping Station

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion

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Kempf Plaza

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Adriatic Restaurant

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A Taste of Heaven

73 Bike Score of Chicago, IL

Chicago is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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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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Montgomery Ward Park

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Chicago Avenue Pumping Station

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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2429 LAKE MEADOWS

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Masjid Al-Faatir

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Kenwood United Church of Christ

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On The Street

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

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The Field Museum Main Store

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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