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Chicago By Neighborhood

September 29, 2015

The neighborhoods of Chicago carry a unique pulse of their own, whether its cultural, architectural, or athletic. Explore the different types of cuisines and atmospheres at dining spots that can be found on every corner. Visit the outstanding landmarks, museums, and theaters that are sprawled across the city. Hop on the train and step into the soul of the city to discover what makes Chicago the “City of Broad Shoulders.”

1. The Loop All ‘L” lines and Metra train lines are accessible in the Loop. The Loop is the heart and pulse of the city, home to an unparalled skyline of skyscrapers, renowned museums, public art, and street music true to the blues, jazz, and soul of Chicago. Sculptures, monuments, and gardens flourish in Grant Park and Millennium park, home to the iconic Buckingham fountain and the Cloud Gate “bean” sculpture. Walk along Lake Michigan for tourist attractions such as Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, or simply enjoy the beauty of the sparkling lake. Shop State Street and the mile-long Michigan Avenue, and remember to take the time to look up and admire the intricacies of Chicago architecture. Reminisce old Chicago on an architecture boat tour and indulge in classic Chicago foods like deep dish pizza at Gino’s East. 1. The Loop All ‘L” lines and Metra train lines are accessible in the Loop. The Loop is the heart and pulse of the city, home to an unparalled skyline of skyscrapers, renowned museums, public art, and street music true to the blues, jazz, and soul of Chicago. Sculptures, monuments, and gardens flourish in Grant Park and Millennium park, home to the iconic Buckingham fountain and the Cloud Gate “bean” sculpture. Walk along Lake Michigan for tourist attractions such as Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, or simply enjoy the beauty of the sparkling lake. Shop State Street and the mile-long Michigan Avenue, and remember to take the time to look up and admire the intricacies of Chicago architecture. Reminisce old Chicago on an architecture boat tour and indulge in classic Chicago foods like deep dish pizza at Gino’s East.
2. West Loop

Green Line: Clinton; Pink Line: Clinton; CTA Bus: 20 (Madison), J14 (Jeffery Jump), and 7 (Harrison)

West Loop is a young and rising neighborhood and a must stop for any foodie. Randolph Street is distinguished as famous “Restaurant Row,” as a part of the fine-dining scene in the neighborhood with well-known restaurants like Au Cheval, Girl & The Goat, The Aviary, and Avec. Summer time in West Loop is filled with local events, Randolph Street festivals, and the annual Pitchfork Music Festival. With urban art galleries, the green Union Park, and the nearby Greektown, West Loop is the up and coming location for young, food enthusiasts.

3. Chinatown Red Line: Cermak-Chinatown; Chicago Water Taxi Immerse yourself into the world of Chinatown with its Chinese-inspired architecture, never-ending selection of dining options, and a myriad of stores and tea shops. This neighborhood has proudly served the city for over a century and continues to thrive. Try classic Peking duck at Phoenix or spicy cuisine at Lao Sze Chuan, satiate any sweet tooth at Saint Anna’s Bakery with their signature egg tarts, and be sure to top it off with some boba tea. After feasting, talk a walk to the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute, the Chinatown Square designed after the Chinese Imperial Court, and Sun Yat-Sen Park.
4. Hyde Park

Metra Electric District Line: 51st/53rd Street, 55th - 56th - 57th Street, 59th Street

Hyde Park is one of the most historical neighborhoods in Chicago on the city’s South side. The neighborhood is home to President Obama, the prestigious University of Chicago, and the iconic Robie House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A day in Hyde Park calls for exploring the beautiful campus, a visit to the Promontory Point or Japanese garden in Jackson Park for scenic views of the lake, and a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry, the only remnant of the glory of the famous World’s Columbian Exposition held in Hyde Park in 1893.

4. Hyde Park Metra Electric District Line: 51st/53rd Street, 55th - 56th - 57th Street, 59th Street Hyde Park is one of the most historical neighborhoods in Chicago on the city’s South side. The neighborhood is home to President Obama, the prestigious University of Chicago, and the iconic Robie House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A day in Hyde Park calls for exploring the beautiful campus, a visit to the Promontory Point or Japanese garden in Jackson Park for scenic views of the lake, and a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry, the only remnant of the glory of the famous World’s Columbian Exposition held in Hyde Park in 1893.
5. Pilsen

Pink Line: 18th Street; Bus: 8 (Halsted)

Pilsen is a unique neighborhood on Chicago’s near Southside, bursting with art and Hispanic culture. Taquerias line the streets, murals burst with color and political statements, and the streets pulse with community pride. With loyal neighborhood customers and many locally owned restaurants and shops, this neighborhood offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Visit the National Museum of Mexican Art, peruse vintage jobs, sip coffee at one of the many cafés, or dine at Michelin Rated restaurants.

6. Wicker Park Blue Line: Division, Damen Located on Chicago’s west side, Wicker Park is a bustling and buzzing neighborhood, brimming with diversity, shops, great eats, and bars. This neighborhood today is popular for its proximity to downtown, its locally owned shops and well-known restaurants, and its urban, hipster vibe. Step back in time in the old Noel State Bank building founded in 1921, which has been recently transformed into a Walgreens and preserves the giant bank vault, grand arches, and the stained glass ceiling as a reminder of the vibrancy of old Wicker Park.
7. Lakeview / Wrigleyville

Red Line: Belmont, Addison, Sheridan; Brown Line: Belmont, Wellington, Diversey, Southport

Home to Wrigley Field, a plethora of bars and taverns, and quirky stores, this neighborhood is marked by fierce Chicago sport team pride. Aside from sports, the neighborhood offers a variety of high-and low-end eats, comedy theater shows, plenty of concert venues, and night clubs. Lakeview is also one of the largest gay and lesbian communities in the city and hosts the Pride Parade in the summer. Buzzing in the day and the night, this neighborhood captures the passion and spirit of Chicago.

7. Lakeview / Wrigleyville Red Line: Belmont, Addison, Sheridan; Brown Line: Belmont, Wellington, Diversey, Southport Home to Wrigley Field, a plethora of bars and taverns, and quirky stores, this neighborhood is marked by fierce Chicago sport team pride. Aside from sports, the neighborhood offers a variety of high-and low-end eats, comedy theater shows, plenty of concert venues, and night clubs. Lakeview is also one of the largest gay and lesbian communities in the city and hosts the Pride Parade in the summer. Buzzing in the day and the night, this neighborhood captures the passion and spirit of Chicago.
8. Lincoln Square

Brown Line: Western

Cobblestone plazas, a distinct German history, and heartwarming charm make Lincoln Square a must see for Chicago tourists. Music rings through the neighborhood in the open plaza, concert venues, and at the well known Old Town School of Folk Music. Locally owned shops, restaurants, and bars dot the streets of Lincoln Square including Timeless Toys, Café Selmarie, and the German Chicago Brauhaus. Embrace the culture at the many German bars or the Dank Haus German American cultural center, or simply walk through the neighborhood and marvel at the Victorian era architecture and the classic Chicago bungalow homes.

9. Andersonville Red Line:Berwyn, Bryn Mawr This Northside neighborhood is historically Swedish and modernly quirky and charming. Walking through Andersonville, the Swedish heritage springs to life in the monuments such as a painted horse sculpture, the painted Swedish flag on a water tower, and in the Swedish American Museum. This neighborhood embraces the arts as home to several dance companies and art galleries, diverse populations, and plenty of waving rainbow flags as one of Chicago’s largest gay and lesbian communities. A visit to Andersonville calls for an elegant brunch from M. Henry’s, a sip of coffee at the Coffee Studio, and shopping for homemade goods in one of Chicago’s most treasured neighborhoods.
10. Lincoln Park

Brown Line: Armitage, Fullerton, Diversy; Purple Line: Armitage, Fullerton, Diversy; Red Line: Fullerton, Clybourn

Sitting right on the lake, Lincoln Park is a historically rich neighborhood on Chicago’s Northside. This wealthy neighborhood is lined with chain shops and local boutiques, and some of the finest restaurants in Chicago. The neighborhood is also home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago History Museum, and the popular Lincoln Park Cultural Center. Lincoln Park itself is the largest public park in Chicago with recreational areas, nature reserves, boat harbors, and beaches. This neighborhood offers beautiful sights from the pretty plates at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, the nature of the park and zoo, to the iconic turreted and gabled century old buildings that impress in pastel colors and flourishing ornamentation.

10. Lincoln Park Brown Line: Armitage, Fullerton, Diversy; Purple Line: Armitage, Fullerton, Diversy; Red Line: Fullerton, Clybourn Sitting right on the lake, Lincoln Park is a historically rich neighborhood on Chicago’s Northside. This wealthy neighborhood is lined with chain shops and local boutiques, and some of the finest restaurants in Chicago. The neighborhood is also home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago History Museum, and the popular Lincoln Park Cultural Center. Lincoln Park itself is the largest public park in Chicago with recreational areas, nature reserves, boat harbors, and beaches. This neighborhood offers beautiful sights from the pretty plates at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, the nature of the park and zoo, to the iconic turreted and gabled century old buildings that impress in pastel colors and flourishing ornamentation.

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