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Chicago is spectacular, world-class city with many outstanding areas to live in. Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Michigan, neighborhoods like Gold Coast and Lincoln Park are phenomenal areas to call home, blessed with all the amenities that are usually well within walking distance.
If you're looking to live in the heart of Downtown Chicago, neighborhoods like the Gold Coast, River North, and Streeterville have long been favorite locations to consider for a wide range of active home buyers. From the towering high-rise condos in Streeterville to the authentic lofts in River North, there's usually something for just about everyone. For a closer look at some of Chicago's top neighborhoods, here's a brief look at what to expect from each:
An upscale neighborhood that sits right on downtown Chicago's lakefront, the Gold Coast is where you'll find some of the Windy City's most expensive homes and condos for sale. From all the different brownstones that line Oak Street, Bellevue Avenue, and Dearborn Parkway to the countless high-rise condo buildings the stretch all along Lake Shore Drive, lots of different options and opportunities await home buyers in the one-and-only Gold Coast neighborhood.
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The aptly named Lakeview neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side is where you’ll find a pleasant, almost small-town-like atmosphere that offers potential big city home buyers an escape from all the hustle and bustle of downtown. While the parts of Lakeview that sit towards the waterfront of course feature plenty of high-rise condos with spectacular views of Lake Michigan, you’ll find lots of different single-family homes and smaller three-flat or courtyard-style condo buildings further inland. Lakeview is also home to famed Wrigley Field, one of the oldest Major League ballparks in the entire country.
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Another top North Side neighborhood, Lincoln Park lives a lot like Lakeview, only locals here are just a bit closer to downtown. Having got its namesake from the actual Lincoln Park, residents are also provided with easy access to the Windy City’s largest outdoor green space as well, which is a real treat to have nearby in the summer. As for what to expect from a housing standpoint, look for Lincoln Park real estate to be much like its neighbor to the north, offering potential home buyers anything from condo, lofts, and townhouses to some of the most expensive single-family homes you’ll find anywhere in town.
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If you’re looking for lavish high-rise living in an architecturally significant condo building, look no further than the New Eastside. Offering up some of downtown Chicago’s most impressive condo buildings that were more recently built than buildings in many other parts of town, the New Eastside features countless reasons why condo buyers should opt for a unit in this particular part of the Windy City, which not only include great the upscale living spaces you’ll find here, but also because of its convenient location, the great city and lake views you’ll enjoy from nearly any unit in the neighborhood, and of course the easy and direct access to the award-winning Lakeshore East Park.
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Often though of as one of downtown Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods, River North is filled with stylish condo and loft residences, a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene, and a pretty high concentration of upscale art galleries as well. Aside from all the sleek living spaces and neighborhood amenities, many also love living in River North for its convenient location as well, which ultimately provides a close proximity to the Gold Coast, the Loop, Streeterville, and several other top downtown neighborhoods.
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The South Loop is one of downtown Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Potential home or condo buyers love living here for its close proximity to The Loop and easy access to so many transportation options. Other nearby amenities and attractions include Grant Park, Soldier Field, and Museum Campus, which is where you’ll find the famed Shedd Aquarium and Chicago’s Field Museum. High-rise condos and a wide range of residential loft conversions dominate the South Loop real estate landscape, but you’ll also find plenty of townhouses and smaller mid-rise condos here as well.
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Although The Loop is where you’ll find Chicago’s primary business district, some say Streeterville is the real heart of downtown Chicago. A sprawling lakefront neighborhood that’s home to countless high-rises, tons of culture, and the one-and-only Magnificent Mile, there’s really no better place to enjoy big city living than right here in Streeterville. In most cases, residents are easily within walking distance to plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment, not to mention two of the city’s best outdoor attractions in Lake Shore Park and Oak Street Beach!
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Known as Chicago’s core business and financial district, the real estate market continues to change and evolve here in The Loop, as more and more residential projects are being developed to coincide with all the towering commercial high-rises that previously dominated the area landscape. For anybody who works downtown and puts a premium on being able to walk to work, there’s no better place to live than The Loop. Or if you’re someone who’s just looking for the ultimate urban atmosphere that provides easy access to all kinds of big city amenities, this part of the downtown Chicago certainly fits that criteria as well!
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