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How do you get your hands on one of Chicago's best neighborhoods? HomeSnacks has the answer here.
We know that when people are searching for the best neighborhood they are also looking for things like nice looking homes, great parks, and friendly neighbors; and Chicago's best neighborhoods have all that and then some. But, in order to rank the top ten, we had to give each neighborhood an actual concrete score. We call this a neighborhoods overall 'snackability'.
So, how did we determine Chicago's snackability? We consulted the latest data on income levels, unemployment rates, crime, and home prices for 77 Chicago neighborhoods with over 2,000 residents, and the top ten best neighborhoods in Chi-town for 2020 can be found below. Incidentally, this is our sixth time ranking Chicago's best neighborhoods, so trust us when we say that these are Chicago's best of the best.
Folks, there's a lot of fun to be had in Chicago's best neighborhoods. For example, you can walk Lake Michigan's shoreline for exercise if you choose to live in Lake View, you can visit the zoo daily if you choose Lincoln Park, and you can attend one of Chicago's best festivals if you choose to live in Edison Park.
Yes, the biggest cities in most states do tend to have the most problems; and while Chicago does have its fair share of problems and some pretty dangerous neighborhoods, it does have some of the best, most unique, neighborhoods to call home.
So, grab yourself a slice of deep dish 'za, head to a shady park in Forest Glen, and read on.
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So, what's the best neighborhood in Chicago for 2020? That would be North Center.
To see how your favorite Chicagoland neighborhoods compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Chicago
Not that you have to be a Cubs fan to live in Chicago's number 1 best neighborhood, but it wouldn't hurt considering it is located directly East of Wrigley Field.
Why is North Center such a great neighborhood? It has a big neighborhood feel with small neighborhood charm. North Center has a ton of stuff to do, too. It has bowling alleys, three parks, an indoor ice arena, a library, and a movie theater.
North Center is one of Chi-town's richest neighborhoods, so make sure you're making a cool $100,000/year before you make any life changing decision.
Bordered by the Chicago River on its East side and Lake Michigan on its West, Chicago's second neighborhood, The Loop, is an integral part of the city's commercial core.
If you choose the Loop to call home you'll be front and center to the best shopping and restaurants on Michigan Avenue, great beach access just off of Oak Street, and some of Chicagoland's most scenic views.
Chicago's third neighborhood, Lake View, is one of the largest neighborhoods that made our top ten list with a whopping 97,804 residents.
So, what's the draw? We'll tell you. Lake View is bordered by Lake Michigan to the East, it holds Chicago's Pride Parade every June, and it has 30 theaters at one's disposal.
The best part about Lake View is that once you arrive, you won't have to get in your car again: you have access Chicago's L train at the corner of Addison and Lincoln Ave. We call this a 312 win!
What do 64,965 Lincoln Park locals know that we don't? Well, besides that this neighborhood has some of the coolest tree lined streets, awesome residents, and the Lincoln Park Zoo, this neighborhood is the 39th in terms of crime.
Lincoln Park scored off the charts on our snackability scale with an emphasis on education and employment. So, if you're looking for a safe place to send your kids to school, walk your dog, and/or go to work, definitely give Chicago's fourth neighborhood, Lincoln Park, a second look.
Picture yourself sipping wine at the Edison Park Fest, riding your bike through Brooks Park Zoo, and/or shopping at Whole Foods on Touhy Ave., and you'll know what it's like to live in Chicago's fifth neighborhood, Edison Park.
One of furthest neighborhoods from downton Chit-town, Edison Park has a great community feel with lots to do. If you don't believe us, check out the Edison Park Facebook page, it's on point.
Lincoln Square should be called Lincoln "Art" Square. This neighborhood has provided its community with many outlets to stay connected to the creative world.
So we think the best day in the Lincoln Square neighborhood would go something like this: grab a quick martial arts workout at the Degerberg Academy, take a stroll by the Greater Rockwell Mural just outside of Beans and Bagels, then an evening show at the Davis Theater.
Wow, Lincoln Square, we know why you're Chicago's sixth neighborhood.
The Navy Pier, The Magnificent Mile, or just the fact that this neighborhood is one of the most electric in Chi-town are all great reasons people should flock to Chicago's Near North Side neighborhood.
And if that doesn't seal the deal, the Near North Side neighborhood has great Lake MIchigan beach access, ten huge parks to explore, and some great shopping.
And, folks, it's pretty safe. So there's no excuse to get moving to Chicago's seventh neighborhood for 2020.
Located at the three-way intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Boulevard, and Kedzie Boulevard is Chicago's eighth neighborhood for 2020.
This is one of the only neighborhoods on the list coming from the northwest side of Chi-town. And can we just say, if you're into brewery beer, this is your neighborhood. Chicago has over 150 breweries and 12 of the best are in Logan Square. And if you're into that whole "historical vibe," Logan Square has stately greystones type homes. If so, lucky for you, this neighborhood is the ninth for affordable housing.
Want to be part of the exclusive club that gets to call Chicago's ninth best neighborhood home 2020? Well, you're going to have to have a great job and be able to drop some cash on a home because Forest Glen is our first in terms of income and fourth for housing.
Also, don't come here thinking that you're going to cause trouble. Forest Glen is ranked third for both violent crime and property crime.
On a lighter note, it's one of the smallest neighborhoods on our list. And word on the street, you can rub elbows with Forest Glen's finest at the Edgebrook Golf Course.
Rounding out the list as Chicago's tenth best neighborhood for 2020 is West Town.
This quintessential Chicago neighborhood with vibrant streets, unforgettable festivals, and year-round fun is super great and super safe. Probably why it's one of the most populous cities northwest of the Loop.
How We Determined The Best Chicago, IL Neighborhoods In 2020
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Chicago, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 77 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Chicago." We're lookin' at you, North Center.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Chicago, Illinois has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Chicago
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Chicago where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Chicago aren't all good. Riverdale takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Chicago.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Chicago For 2020
|7||Near North Side||83,049|
|16||Near South Side||21,930|
|35||Near West Side||61,845|
|41||Lower West Side||33,150|
|59||West Garfield Park||17,277|
|61||East Garfield Park||20,100|