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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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3260 & 3270 N Lake Shore Drive

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Wentworth & Cermak

Chicago is the 4th 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, Wicker Park and Near North Side.

Chicago Apartments for Rent

Chicago Neighborhoods

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

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

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Eating & Drinking

There are about 8,116 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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Kelley B.
on Federal Plaza Farmers Market

65 Transit Score of Chicago, IL

Chicago has Good Transit

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Public Transit Routes

Chicago has good public transportation and about 163 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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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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Adriatic Restaurant

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A Taste of Heaven

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CVS/pharmacy

72 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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Along the Street

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Montgomery Ward Park

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Chicago Avenue Pumping Station

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2429 LAKE MEADOWS

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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Masjid Al-Faatir

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Kenwood United Church of Christ

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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On The Street

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion

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The Field Museum Main Store

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Residential 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.

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Elaine Heaney
on Kempf Plaza

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Autozone

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Beaubien Elementary School

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Gale Street Inn

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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