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Five Classic Chicago Neighborhoods

An essential step in moving to Chicago is deciding not only the location of your neighborhood (North-East-West-South sides), but choosing the character of the neighborhood itself.

Pilsen - Located on the city’s Southwest side, Pilsen is known for its ties to the Mexican-American community in Chicago. The neighborhood itself is a work of art— mosaics and murals adorn the buildings and streets. If you’re hungry for authentic, fresh Mexican cuisine, check out the famous Nuevo Leon Restaurant—and be sure to take a bag of homemade tortillas to go.

Ukrainian Village - This West Side neighborhood— once home to the city’s Ukrainian and Eastern European enclaves— has become one of Chicago’s trendiest new neighborhoods in recent years. The architecture and residential buildings preserve the look and feel of the Eastern European settlers in the early 20th century— so much so, that the city has recognized its historical significance with a Landmark status. With a series of diverse restaurants, hip bars, and traditional art museums, the Ukrainian Village has created a perfect blend of old world and new.

Hyde Park - If you want to stick close to the University of Chicago campus, look no further than its home location in the quintessential South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park and Kenwood. Characterized by wide, leafy streets and historic and eclectic homes, Hyde Park is known for its strong sense of community pride and artistic culture.

Uptown - Home to some of the city’s most vibrant music buildings (the Riviera, Green Mill, or Aragon Ballroom), this North Side neighborhood changes block-by-block. Argyle Street houses some of Chicago’s best and most authentic Asian cuisine.

Lakeview - This popular North Side neighborhood includes Wrigley Field and is often referred to as Wrigleyville. With street festivals, miles of bars, Wrigley Field, and more, there’s always something to do within the Lakeview community. And, of course, as the name denotes, you’re never too far from the Lake Michigan beachfront.

If you're interested in learning more about Chicago neighborhoods you might enjoy this article from TimeOut or the information on Chicago neighborhoods from Choose Chicago. (We hope you Choose Chicago too :) )