Thinking about moving? Well, good news! There are plenty of amazing spaces in Chicago for young professionals. It almost seems as if these ‘hoods cater to the 25-40-year-old crowd with plenty of great restaurants, bars, and things to do. Plus, rent is pretty affordable for the most part and it’s super easy to commute downtown with a quick trip on the CTA. So check the best Chicago neighborhoods for Millennials and find your next home!
There’s a huge misconception that Logan is ~hipster city~ with tattooed young people full of angst. And, sure, you might experience that. But Logan also has some of the most affordable living in the area with rent prices as low as $900 a month. Incredible restaurants and bars have popped along Milwaukee including The Whale, Billy Sunday, and Estereo. And Logan Boulevard is a hidden gem: the perfect grassy area to have a summer picnic with friends.
Located 4 miles north of the Loop, Lakeview is hands down one of the best neighborhoods in the city. It’s made up of a bunch of smaller communities like Boystown, Roscoe Village, and Southport. Each has their own vibe. Overall, you can’t beat the endless restaurant offerings, multiple grocery stores (Southport Grocery, Paulina Market), Wrigley Stadium, and beautiful tree-lined streets.
If you prefer luxury dining and living, River North might be your ideal location. With plenty of upscale restaurants like Sunda and Bavettes, you certainly won’t go hungry. Brand new high rises are easy to find with favorites like 3Eleven Luxury Apartments and AMLI River North. Plus, you’re only a couple of blocks away from the Mag Mile (and hundreds of retail stores) so you can shop till you drop.
If you’re big into art, music, and culinary tradition, you might fall in love with Pilsen! This lower west side neighborhood is home to award-winning restaurants like La Esperanza and La Luna as well as dope music venues like Pilsen Yards and Thalia Hall. But the best part? Its diverse culture makes the area feel vibrant, colorful, and inspiring.
For older millennials looking to start a family, Lincoln Square is nestled about halfway between Evanston and downtown Chicago. Which means quiet, modest homes, leafy streets, and friendly neighbors. Founded by German immigrants in 1840, Lincoln Square features plenty of restaurants and shops like Himmel’s and Gene’s Sausage Shop and Delicatessen. A lovely place to put down roots!
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