Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the United States. It offers much to residents in terms of jobs, entertainment and culture. It is cleaner and more affordable than New York City and Los Angeles, too. However, those moving here should know that there are many different neighborhoods in Chicago, some better for young singles or retirees than families. Here are the 5 best Chicago neighborhoods to relocate with your family.
Beverly may feel like a small town, but it is a big city neighborhood, and it is more than just the sixty-acre wilderness preserve. This gives you the freedom to let the kids ride their bike or go to the park in safety, though you’re close to jobs downtown and urban amenities. It is incredibly safe. There are many public and private schools in the neighborhood. All of this makes Beverly one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in Chicago.
Homes are more expensive than average, but they still come in at around $300,000 a year. However, where Beverly stands out is quality. Houses are newer and larger than the average Chicago home. If you can’t find a home in Beverley, Bridgeport is another family-friendly south-side neighborhood. It shares Beverley’s walkability and large selection of single-family homes.
Edgewater is one of the ten safest neighborhoods in Chicago. It is also a dream for families on a budget. The average home here costs around 200,000 dollars, though there are new million-dollar mansions going up in the area.
You’ll be close to many quality public and private schools. There are many good restaurants in the area as well and it’s actually home to the city’s only food tour. There are historic sites, parks, and entertainment venues in the area. Edgewater stands out for offering large backyards and garages. You’re also close to the lake and the Red Line.
The “Loops” are neighborhoods along the South and West Loop. These high-density neighborhoods have long been popular with college students and people who work downtown.
These neighborhoods have exploded with high-rises and townhomes to cater to the many families moving closer to downtown. Luxury lofts are popular, but you can find townhomes with room for a family of five. These properties cater to people who don’t want a trade-off between owning their own home and having an incredibly long commute. The West Loop in particular is one of the most sought-after communities in the city due to the beautiful homes and condos, but it does house a few nice apartments as well.
If you decide to go for an apartment, we recommend learning how to deal with things like dogs barking or other sources of apartment noise before moving in. If you want to learn how to handle a noise complaint Chicago style, you can check out this handy article that was published on Blueprint. You’ll learn everything you need to know to file a complaint or try to defuse the situation before it gets heated. They cover everything from how to report to landlords to specific emergency numbers for complaints.
Hyde Parks offers more than good K-12 schools, both public and private. It is also close to the University of Chicago. If you want your kids to be able to live at home while going to college, this makes Hyde Park the best choice for your family. If you can’t find a home that suits your tastes here, you can always try Rogers Park. They offer more indie coffee shops and bookstores.
Homes cost around 300,000 dollars in the area. A number of these are older, stately homes, so you won’t necessarily find a four-bedroom single story ranch home with a sprawling yard. What it does give you, however, is culture. You’re able to watch plays, talks, and other events in and around the college. And you’ll be close to some of the best restaurants in the city.
Sauganash, also known as Forest Glen, is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city. The namesake elementary school is a 10 out of 10 according to rating agencies.
You should note that this neighborhood is slightly more expensive than the others on our list. You can expect to pay more than $400,000 for a home here. However, you’ll see more quiet homes on large lots. You’ll be able to find a home with a garage and a large backyard. It is a good choice for those who want to golf, though you’ll have to drive for shopping and fine dining. Fortunately, there are new restaurants and breweries opening in the area.
If you cannot afford a home in Sauganash, look at Garfield Ridge. It has the same open suburban layout and similar family-friendly amenities. You can enjoy summer block parties and a sense of community.
Chicago has many family-friendly neighborhoods and something for everybody. Now that you know some of the best in the city, you’ll be able select one that is right for your family’s needs and budget.