There are 200+ distinct (and distinctive) neighborhoods that make up the 77 community areas in the city of Chicago; they vary widely in terms of character and services. From the liveliness of downtown to the small-town atmosphere of outer neighborhoods, each area has a lot to offer people looking to relocate to Chicago or its suburbs.
A bit of history: By grouping together neighborhoods, the community areas were originally mapped out by two University of Chicago sociologists, Robert E. Park and Ernest Burgess, in the late 1920s. Except for the addition of O’Hare in 1956 and Edgewater in 80’s, the boundaries of these regions have remained largely unchanged. Despite urban development and construction, most city officials still refer to the 77 community areas when mapping out the city. In fact, most publicly available data about the city also relies on these units.
More broadly speaking, the Greater Chicago Area is broken down into three “sides” based on relation to downtown: North, West and South (there is no “East” since it is Lake Michigan). Many guides and online resources will use the sides to simplify organization of the community areas and neighborhoods.
The guide is intended to give some general information about community areas and neighborhoods that may help identify a few areas of interest in your upcoming move to the Chicago area.
One of the best resources for the latest local city and community information (Public Safety, Education, Transportation, etc) is the City of Chicago Data Portal.
- Gold Coast
- Hyde Park
- Lincoln Park
- Lincoln Square
- Little Italy / University Village
- Logan Square
- Oak Park
- Old Town
- River North
- South Loop
- The Loop
- Ukrainian Village
- West Loop
- West Town
- Wicker Park / Bucktown
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