10 Best Places To Live In Chicago, Illinois - Updated 2024

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Karina
Karina 
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Home to art galleries, vintage shops, and some of the country’s trendiest restaurants, Chicago is a city of contrasts. It is where culture, history, cuisine, and art blend perfectly. With a big city atmosphere and a strong sense of community, the city appeals to anyone from families with children to younger people. From Ravenswood, which is packed with microbreweries and distilleries, to artsy River North with its historic buildings and art galleries, Chicago is a spectacular city worth living in. Whether you’re thinking of moving to the Windy City or looking for a new place to stay, here are some neighborhoods that would make an excellent choice. Scroll down for the best places to live in Chicago, Illinois.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on April 08, 2024.

1. Lincoln Park (from USD 205)

Nature Boardwalk Lincoln Park
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Alanscottwalker used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s waterfront neighborhoods, home to Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and North Avenue Beach. People choose to live here for its spectacular nature and outdoor offerings. With manicured gardens, an impressive indoor botanical garden, a lily pond, and a plethora of trails, Lincoln Park is an excellent choice for living in Chicago. The dining scene, museums, and outdoor spaces set this neighborhood apart and make it such an appealing destination.

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Villa D' Citta

Wifi Available

Address: 2230 North Halsted Street
1.27 km (0.8 mi) from Lincoln Park Zoo

Parking Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Breakfast in the room

2. Streeterville (from USD 125)

Streeterville, Chicago, IL 60611, USA - panoramio (10)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user bogdanstepniak used under CC BY 3.0

If you love that big city life and you want to be where the action happens, Streeterville is the ideal home for you in Chicago. Its historic Navy Pier is a family-friendly attraction with amusement rides, restaurants serving fresh seafood, and various shops. It’s the go-to place for summer concerts, fireworks, and outdoor movie screenings. If you’re looking to experience Chicago like a local, then enjoying a live music performance at night in Streeterville is a must.

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Warwick Allerton Chicago

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 701 North Michigan Avenue
3.08 km (2.0 mi) from Lincoln Park Zoo

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre

3. Magnificent Mile (from USD 139)

MgnificentMile Chicago
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Magnificent Mile’s fame goes beyond the city of Chicago. Renowned worldwide for the shopping experience it offers, this neighborhood is home to popular restaurants, stores, and eye-catching architecture. The region hosts a mix of high-end boutiques and shopping centers hosted inside historic buildings. Some of the neighborhood must-see attractions include Water Tower Place, Chicago Sports Museum, and the non-profit Lookingglass Theatre Company.

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The Whitehall Hotel - BW Premier Collection

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 105 E Delaware Pl
2.59 km (1.7 mi) from Lincoln Park Zoo

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Business centre

4. Old Town (from USD 212)

Buildings in Old Town, Chicago 2015-18
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Victor Grigas used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Comedy clubs and buzzing nightlife are what Chicago’s Old Town is all about. Whether it’s a weeknight or the weekend, you can always catch a live show in this neighborhood. Living like a local couldn’t be easier when it involves discovering the latest trends in high-end boutiques, dining at Twin Anchors, or calming your sweet tooth at The Fudge Pot, a resident staple since 1963. Old Town is one of Chicago’s top residential areas with its luxury homes and historic architecture.

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The Sono Chicago

Wifi Available

Address: 1428 North Cleveland
1.61 km (1.0 mi) from Lincoln Park Zoo

Parking Terrace Non-smoking rooms Free parking Internet services Heating Luggage storage WiFi Available

5. West Loop (from USD 200)

Chicago River, West Loop
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user swanksalot used under CC BY-SA 2.0

West Loop is Chicago’s former industrial region that has turned into a culinary hotspot. Old warehouses host some of the top restaurants in the city. The neighborhood’s most iconic spot is Restaurant Row, a portion of Randolph Street, which is where Chicago’s most famed eateries are. There’s plenty to explore and taste such as traditional bakeries, delis, ramen restaurants, and sandwich shops. Some places to check out include Fulton Market, art galleries, and antique shops.

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The Publishing House Bed and Breakfast

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 108 North May Street
4.65 km (2.9 mi) from Lincoln Park Zoo

Parking Restaurant Bar Non-smoking rooms Business centre Facilities for disabled guests Barber/beauty shop Internet services

6. River North (from USD 143)

best places to live in Chicago, Illinois
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Roman Eugeniusz used under CC BY-SA 3.0

If you have a creative side or if you love exploring art galleries, wandering the streets, and admiring historic buildings from the Gilded Age, then you should consider living in River North. This stylish and hip neighborhood hosts a plethora of art galleries in some of its industrial warehouses. It is also home to clubs and bars that give it great energy. Living in River North, you’ll be close to The Merchandise Mart, a massive 1930s Art Deco building that hosts art galleries and studios. In the evenings, colorful projections take over its imposing façade, turning it into a visual spectacle.

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Home2 Suites By Hilton Chicago River North

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 110 West Huron
2.98 km (1.9 mi) from Lincoln Park Zoo

Parking Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Terrace

7. Wicker Park (from USD 129)

Wicker Park Historic District B Chicago IL
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Andrew Jameson used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Hip and lively Wicker Park is famous for Milwaukee Avenue, a place with buzzing nightlife, restaurants, entertainment venues. Another one of Wicker Park’s highlight is North Damen Avenue, which has cafes and eclectic boutiques. At the crossroad between the two, you’ll find Six Corners, an area that hosts some of Chicago’s trendiest restaurants and cafes, art galleries, and bookstores. People living in Wicker Park love strolling along 606, a former rail line turned into an elevated green area with walking and biking trails and art displays.

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1549 North Maplewood Avenue

Address: 1549 North Maplewood Avenue #1
4.91 km (3.1 mi) from Lincoln Park Zoo

Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms Internet services Heating Non-smoking throughout Air conditioning Street parking

8. Ravenswood (from USD 290)

East Ravenswood Historic District Chicago IL
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Andrew Jameson used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Ravenswood is a haven in North Chicago for craft beer and spirits enthusiasts. The neighborhood is well-known for its Malt Row, which is packed with microbreweries such as Dovetail Brewery, Empirical Brewery, and Begyle Brewing Company. There are also craft distilleries such as KOVAL. Beyond Malt row, the neighborhood is a family-friendly place to live in as it is surrounded by shops, museums, art centers, and green spaces. Locals like to spend time outdoors in Winnemac Park, sip local craft brews, or take in the art and sculptures at Lillstreet Art Center.

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The Guesthouse Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 4872 North Clark
6.18 km (3.9 mi) from Lincoln Park Zoo

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Facilities for disabled guests

9. Lakeview (from USD 163)

Chicago Skyline as seen from Lakeview
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Alanthebox used under CC0

With a beautiful shoreline with lots of entertainment, Lakeview is one of the best places to live in Chicago. The atmosphere is laidback but full of life as it is surrounded by shopping and dining options galore. East Lakeview is a shopping hotspot. The entire neighborhood is packed with bars and pubs, local restaurants, and a thriving artistic and cultural scene. Come summer, the streets become home to festivals, various performers, and live music.

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Lively Rejuvenating 1BR in Outstanding Location - Roscoe 2M

Wifi Available


2.62 km (1.7 mi) from Lincoln Park Zoo

Non-smoking rooms Internet services WiFi Available Free WiFi Non-smoking throughout WiFi available in all areas Smoke alarms CCTV in common areas

10. Logan Square (from USD 90)

Greetings From Chicago Mural
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Lacrossewi used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Situated in Northwest Chicago, Logan Square hosts part of the city’s historic and artistic legacy. Milwaukee Avenue is a commercial hotspot with various shopping venues and a go-to place for dining and meeting friends and family. It is sprinkled with hip restaurants, coffee shops, and taverns serving craft beer. Living in Logan Square means joining an incredible community with farmers’ markets, art galleries showcasing local talent, and street events.

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Bright & Cozy 2BR Apt Perfect for Staycation! KL4

Address: North Kimball Avenue 1837
6.49 km (4.1 mi) from Lincoln Park Zoo

Free WiFi WiFi Available Invoice provided WiFi available in all areas Internet services

Live in one of Chicago's lively and vibrant neighborhoods

Few cities are as lively, diverse, and full of history as Chicago. Whether you’re a foodie looking to taste some of the most recent culinary innovations, a nature lover looking to spend time outdoors, or an art aficionado eager to explore some of the most quaint art galleries and vintage shops, you’ll find what you’re looking for and more in one of Chicago’s neighborhoods. Check out our guide on the best places to live in Chicago, Illinois. There’s definitely something you’re bound to enjoy on the list.

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