Shaped by immigrant histories and working class traditions, this sector of the city lies just outside the downtown Loop. It’s one of the best and hottest areas to live in Chicago. Why? Think award-winning restaurants; speakeasy hideaways; brunching; bike riding; eye-catching galleries and street art that turns brick walls into instant galleries; there’s The 606 now too; boulevards built for strolling; corner taverns with friendly bartenders and corner coffee shops with free flowing wifi. There are a hundred reasons and more to move here. Explore West Town and the Near Northwest Side with the neighborhood real estate guides below to learn more.

 

Wicker Park

Real estate agencies have been buzzing about this uber cool ‘hood for well over a decade now, and the streets are still abuzz with indie coffee cafes, vintage shoppers and artful storefronts. Known for its creative edge and late night party atmosphere, Wicker has gotten more mainstream of late. It appeals to all types of home buying consumers – young professionals in particular – because two trains stations are practically at your doorstep. Having some of the most diverse restaurants in the city (Middle Eastern to Mexican, bbq to ramen) doesn’t hurt either.

Bucktown

Enjoy idyllic city living: the charms of a quiet block along with the convenience of living in a central location. Nearby restaurants and shops make for great nightlife, and bustling parks and playgrounds make for family central. Houses for sale cater to everyone: duplex units and condos for sale for young couples and single professionals; and a wide selection of vintage cottages and 2-flats beside brand new luxury developments for those moving up into bigger home purchases.

 

West Loop & Fulton Market District

CNN called out the “boom in trendy restaurants” for putting this neighborhood on the foodie map, but that’s not all that is has going for it. If you want to buy real estate where the industrial vibe has gone chic (think galleries to gastropubs), where young families are neighbors with well-heeled professionals, and where tastemakers share the street with tech startups, a home for sale here is for you. And if you are selling your house, cash in because everyone else wants in.

River West & Fulton River District

Home buying can be pretty pricey downtown so get the perks of living near River North and the Loop on a more affordable scale. Look to buy real estate just as the latest developments come to market, from modern high rise towers to lofty warehouse conversions. Luxury condos for sale bring brand-new everything and all the top amenities you would expect, with skyline views to boot.

 

Ukrainian Village

It’s no wonder real estate companies gave Ukie Village the title #1 Hottest Neighborhood in the Country (Redfin, 2016). You can find a house for sale that is still affordable, and once you move in, feel a strong sense of community and appreciation for history. For decades, immigrants have made their home here and today residents old and new live in harmony, surrounded by historical districts with landmark homes and Old World churches.

East Village

This is an eclectic urban landscape that blends old and new – prime examples are the hip botanic brewery and its neighbors the old school pharmacy and the traditional supermercado. The colorful mosaic of different cultures and demographics are part of the appeal when home buying here. The vibe is low key and cool, but development is certainly hot: land for sale is being gobbled and condos for sale are booming. Alongside modern new construction are traditional multi-unit buildings and well-maintained single family homes.

 

Logan Square

Find a house for sale in this hipster haven and you may be steps from a farmers market. Or down the street from Logan’s newest award-winning restaurant. Or tucked away behind turn-of-the-century mansions on landmark boulevards. Buy real estate in this neighborhood now and buy it fast – from townhouse to duplex to condos for sale, homes are selling quicker here than in any other Chicago neighborhood.

Humboldt Park

Community-driven and culturally diverse. A thriving Puerto Rican stronghold, it welcomes new residents and visitors with its vibrant blend of art, music and food. Foreclosure listings offer some of the city’s best values: property for sale is a mix of small single family homes, large vintage buildings, new construction and even vacant land for sale from recent teardowns. Real estate agents in the know will tell you take advantage now – The 606 is drawing buyers further west so they can live near the city’s cool new park.

 

Noble Square

Within West Town, houses for sale in Noble Square score top points for being the most central. Noble Square borders well-known Wicker Park, neighbors the up-and-coming Ukrainian Village/East Village communities, and also is on the outskirts of downtown with River West & Fulton River District as well as West Loop & Fulton Market District next door. Let your real estate agent guide you through the mix of new and rehabbed condos for sale, or for more spacious options search for a townhouse for sale or duplex for sale.

Pulaski Park

A small area in terms of real estate, but it carries with it both history and diversity. Anchored by the Polish Triangle and set at the crossroads of Wicker Park, Bucktown and East Village, the scene here is ever shifting: from old to new, quiet to action packed. Property for sale in this pocket of West Town can go under the radar, but because walkability is prime and its multiple intersections make it a transportation hub, a building for sale is likely to be a great value.

 

The 606 / Bloomingdale Trail

Property for sale along this modern day park trail continues to pick up steam since The 606 opened in 2015. The 2.7-mile path (formerly an elevated freight railway) rises above city streets and links together different parks, as well as four Chicago neighborhoods. In Bucktown, a townhouse for sale or duplex for sale is common inventory, same with Wicker Park. Go a different route and have your real estate agent search for a whole investment building for sale or land in Humboldt Park and Logan Square. Currently own property near The 606? Sell your home while demand is high!