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

Chicago Apartments for Rent

View all Chicago apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,450 and the average home price is $325,000.

Rental info for 180 North Jefferson Apartments in the Chicago area
from $1,547
Rental info for Twin Towers in the Chicago area
from $990
Studio
Walk Score 80
Rental info for Larrabee Place in the Chicago area
from $1,397
1 bed
Walk Score 90
Rental info for Island Terrace Apartments in the Chicago area
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1 bed
Walk Score 63
Rental info for The Oaks at Willow Hill in the Chicago area
from $854
1 bed
Walk Score 41
Rental info for Atwater in the Chicago area
from $1,593
Studio
Walk Score 97
Rental info for 100 Forest Place in the Chicago area
from $1,479
Studio
Walk Score 94
Rental info for River North Park in the Chicago area
from $1,460
Studio
Walk Score 98

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

Chicago Neighborhoods

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Population

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 8,628 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 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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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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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

= 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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3260-70 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

Elaine Heaney
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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