Jun 25, 2017

Explore Chicago neighborhoods

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, 198 to be exact. They create a map that’s a hodge-podge of barely defined boundaries, with smaller neighborhoods (Andersonville) inside larger ones (Edgewater). Many of Chicago’s neighborhoods have been steadily gentrifying, making once unpalatable neighborhoods desirable and trendy. For the tourist, the best way to get around is by El Stop—choose a neighborhood, find its El stop and wander.


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  Chicago from the air

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Chicago is still America’s third largest city and most native Chicago-ans know the neighborhoods by name, and probably by hot-spot as well. Outside of The Loop (the central downtown area and the area that probably first comes to mind when you imagine Chicago), are neighborhoods reaching north, south, and west. Driving in any direction from downtown can be overwhelming—blocks turn into miles of stores, apartments, and the occasional high-rise. Add to that the constant gentrifying of some neighborhoods and the neighborhood map of Chicago is constantly in flux. But, key neighborhoods to know: Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville (if you’re a Cubs fan), Hyde Park, Uptown, Wicker Park, and Lincoln Square. If you’re in the city for a short time, don’t worry about learning the suburbs, just remember that the Lake is always East of you.