There are more than 200 distinct (and distinctive) neighborhoods that make up the 77 community areas in the city of Chicago; they all vary widely in terms of character and services. From the bustle of downtown to the small-town vibes of outside neighborhoods, each area has a lot to offer.
Just a bit of history: The community areas were mapped out by two UChicago sociologists, Robert E. Park and Ernest Burgess, in the late 1920s, grouping together neighborhoods and surrounding areas. Except for the addition of O’Hare in 1956 and Edgewater in 1980, the boundaries of these regions have been kept unchanged. Despite urban development and construction, most scholars and city officials still refer to the 77 community areas as dependable units when mapping out the city, and 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 all 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.
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