The heart and soul of Chicago lives in our 77 vibrant neighborhoods and within the people who call them home. Start your exploration and discover 51 communities, each with their own mix of historical sights and attractions, arts and culture, dining, nightlife, shopping, and most importantly, personality.
The South Loop is such a dynamic mix of attractions and histories that the neighborhood tends to be seen as many different things to many different people.
Much of the eastern edge is encompassed by the Museum Campus, an impressive collection of cultural treasures, and Northerly Island, a peninsula sought out by nature lovers. History buffs point out the Motor Row District along South Michigan Avenue and nearby Prairie Avenue District. In the adjacent Printer's Row neighborhood, urban loft condos now fill the commercial spaces in what was formerly the center of the Midwest's publishing industry.
As Chicago's official downtown area, The Loop is one of the most important central business districts on the globe. In addition to its dynamic architecture and buzzing atmosphere, the area has an incredible concentration of cultural institutions, Michelin-rated restaurants and a shopper's paradise on State Street.
A stylish urban neighborhood that borders the Magnificent Mile and is just across the bridge from the Loop, River North is the go-to district for those who appreciate fine art and design. And for those who appreciate fine dining and drinks, the momentum behind the latest trendsetting openings continues to build and the late night energy swells.
With streets that are lined with historic mansions and specialty
boutiques, the Gold Coast is an intensely popular area for residents and
A day of shopping on Oak Street becomes a night of revelry on the neighborhood's fabled Rush Street. Amongst the prestigious hotels and celebrated eateries, you will find a trove of booming nightlife hot spots and high-energy events. Treat yourself to the Gold Coast, you deserve it.
From artsy to affluent, this historic neighborhood has been home to immigrant families, gays, hippies and young professionals alike over the years. Victorian-era buildings, brick alleyways and narrow, tree-lined streets are charming backdrops to a busy main strip that runs along Wells Street between North Avenue and Division Street.
In Lincoln Park, Chicago's motto urbs in horto - or "City in a Garden" - truly comes to life. Historic churches and handsome brick row houses nestled within landmark districts sit next to peaceful parks, while quiet, tree-lined residential areas give way to bustling business corridors.
Anchored by Boystown to the east and Wrigley Field to the west, Lakeview is one of Chicago's liveliest neighborhoods. From its vibrant nightlife scene to Major League Baseball's oldest stadium and the dozens of celebrated restaurants in between, there's something for everyone in this North Side community.
Wrigleyville is the lively little pocket in the Lakeview neighborhood that sits in the shadows of historic Wrigley Field, the second oldest stadium in baseball and home to the beloved Chicago Cubs. It has become a magnet for sports fans and young professionals alike, and particularly singles who hop from bar to bar along Clark, Addison and Sheffield Avenues.
Bronzeville's 20th century resurgence, which rivaled the Harlem Renaissance, is responsible for tremendous cultural and social advances. Pulitzer Prize recipient Gwendolyn Brooks, civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, and legendary musician Louis Armstrong were profoundly responsible for the area's development and subsequent cultural crusade, which included advances in civil rights, jazz, blues and gospel music.
In 1893 Hyde Park hosted the Chicago's World Fair (known as the Columbian Exposition) which, among other things, introduced the United States to electricity and the Ferris wheel. The event was so grand that it required more than 600 acres of space, the construction of 200 buildings and welcomed close to 30 million people. More than 120 years later, the area is still a profound hinge point of historical and social importance in Chicago.
For more than 150 years, Pilsen has been a port of entry for immigrants. Thanks to this diversity, you'll find offbeat vintage shops, independent coffee houses and quaint cafes alongside bodegas, panaderias and restaurants serving authentic Mexican cuisine.
Photos Courtesy of: City of Chicago; Adam Alexander; Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events