What are the most popular Chicago neighborhoods in 2023? Six months into the year, we're taking a look at apartment interest and search data to determine the best Chicago neighborhoods, according to renters. Some are longtime favorites, and others might surprise you.
Apartment hunters prioritize location when browsing listings on Domu — that's because neighborhoods are an extension of our homes. We live, work, and play in the communities around us, so choosing the perfect neighborhood is essential. So where do renters want to live in 2023? From Lincoln Park to Pilsen, these Chicago neighborhoods come out on top.
Top Ten Chicago Neighborhoods in 2023
10. Gold Coast
Gold Coast is a vibrant and upscale neighborhood in Chicago, known for its historic mansions, high-end shopping, and bustling nightlife. Residents enjoy easy access to Lake Michigan and some of the city's best beaches. From designer clothing to home decor, the Gold Coast is known for its luxury shopping destinations such as Chanel, Christian Louboutin, and Hermes. Plus, the glitzy neighborhood provides easy access to Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile for even more of the best shopping in Chicago. With its combination of great food, entertainment, shopping, and scenic beauty, it's no wonder the Gold Coast is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Chicago.
Did you know Bucktown was once a patch of land where livestock grazed? That’s how the neighborhood got its name — it’s where 19th-century farmers raised their “bucks.” Our followers on social media told us they're big fans of Bucktown. Average rent for a one-bedroom in Bucktown is $2,000/mo. The fun neighborhood attracts young professionals, artists, and families with kids. For those who love getting outside, the 606 Bloomingdale Trail runs along the neighborhood's southern edge. Bucktown shares a debated border with Wicker Park, but the commercial center of the neighborhood is still the six-corner intersection of Milwaukee, Damen, and North Avenues. From offbeat retailers to quirky eateries, Bucktown has easily become one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods.
8. Rogers Park
Rogers Park is a welcoming neighborhood located on the far North Side of Chicago. It's a popular place to live for many reasons, including its diverse community, easy access to Lake Michigan, and abundance of local businesses and entertainment options. The area is home to several great restaurants, including Ethiopian Diamond, Taste of Peru, and bopNgrill. Residents can catch a show at the Lifeline Theatre or browse mystic supplies at Malliway Bros. Magic & Witchcraft shop. With its unique character and charming local spots, Rogers Park draws many Chicago residents to its community.
Interest in Pilsen apartments has grown by 16% since last year on Domu. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,300/mo, making it a reasonable option for many Chicago renters. Bordering the Chicago River, the Lower West Side neighborhood is rich in Latino culture. The neighborhood features a robust art scene ranging from the National Museum of Mexican Art to local galleries and an abundance of colorful murals everywhere you look. Thalia Hall draws many Chicagoans to the neighborhood with major headlining musicians, comedians, and more.
Edgewater’s popularity stems from its proximity to the lakefront, easy access to public transportation, and affordability for renters. The unique blend of urban amenities and laid-back community feel make it a fantastic place to live. Edgewater is home to many local Chicago businesses, including independent coffee shops like Metropolis Coffee Company and fantastic antique stores like Broadway Antique Market. Residents enjoy front-row access to the performing arts and a thriving theater district including The Edge Theater and the Raven Theatre.
5. West Loop
The perennial favorite won’t be losing its popularity on Domu anytime soon. Home to eight Michelin-starred restaurants, the West Loop is a foodie mecca of Chicago and the world. Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row is home to a cluster of highly acclaimed restaurants from renowned chefs. As its name suggests, the West Loop sits west of the Loop, so commuting downtown is a breeze. For those looking to live, work, and play within walking distance, the West Loop has it all. Homes include luxury high-rise apartments and historic buildings converted into modern lofts. Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the West Loop ranges from $2,200 to $2,900/mo.
4. Wicker Park
Wicker Park is a trendy neighborhood located in Chicago that has become increasingly popular over the years. It is known for its vibrant arts scene, unique fashion boutiques, and eclectic dining options. Some of the popular restaurants in the area include Big Star, which serves delicious tacos and margaritas, and Mindy's Bakery, a favorite dessert and hot chocolate spot. Boutique shops like Myopic Books, Transit Tees, and Una Mae’s offer a unique shopping experience. The neighborhood also boasts beautiful parks, such as the namesake Wicker Park, and easy access to public transportation, making it a desirable location for renters looking for a fun and hip community.
3. Logan Square
Not only is Logan Square one of the top neighborhoods on Domu, it’s also beloved by our social followers. The incredible food scene is booming with eats like Mi Tocaya Antojería and Giant. Working remotely? Logan Square has more coffee shops than most Chicago neighborhoods, so there’s always a place to work (or chill) outside of your apartment. Residential streets showcase a variety of architectural styles including eclectic mansions, vintage flats, and single-family homes. If you’re looking for a new building, Logan’s got that too. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Logan Square is currently $2,450/mo.
It’s no surprise to see Lakeview on this list. The densely populated North Side Chicago neighborhood offers something for everyone — two miles of lakefront, tasty restaurants, popular music venues, shopping, cafes, and so much more. Wrigleyville may draw the crowds and tourists, but renters are especially loving Southport Corridor. Anchored by the iconic Music Box Theater, Southport Corridor is home to trendy boutiques, high-end retail, and amazing eats. Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Lakeview currently ranges from $1,500 to $2,200/mo.
1. Lincoln Park
Just like Lakeview, Lincoln Park is a forever favorite on this list. The 60614 is filled with students, young professionals, families, and even empty-nesters. What can we say? It’s a classic. Within this 3.2-square-mile section of the city, you’ll find the Lincoln Park Zoo, North Avenue Beach, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and endless options for dining, shopping, and entertainment. No wonder renters flock to Lincoln Park. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $2,100/mo.
Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in Chicago
Pilsen (featured in the top ten) and Avondale are two neighborhoods rapidly growing in popularity in Chicago. Both are known for their artistic communities, diverse populations, and booming restaurant scenes. Pilsen is famous for its colorful murals and Mexican-American culture, while Avondale is becoming a hub for young professionals attracted to its affordable apartments and proximity to several trendy neighborhoods. If you’re looking for an up-and-coming neighborhood in Chicago, add Pilsen and Avondale to your apartment search.
Avondale is a Chicago neighborhood that has become increasingly popular in recent years. In fact, renter interest in Avondale has increased by 63% since last year. It's known for its diverse community, laid-back businesses, and delicious food. One popular local business is Revolution Brewing, which offers a variety of craft beers and tasty pub food. Another favorite spot is Kuma's Corner for creative burger toppings and a dose of metal music. Residents also enjoy the retro Avondale Bowl, historic architecture, including St. Hyacinth Basilica, and Sleeping Village for coffee and live music. Additionally, the neighborhood is conveniently located near the Blue Line, making it easy to explore other parts of the city.
Favorite Chicago Neighborhoods From 2022
From quirky antique stores to comforting local eats, Andersonville is one of the most charming neighborhoods in Chicago. Andersonville reigns as the small business capital of Chicago with its vibrant stretch of independent retail shops, restaurants, and nightlife along Clark Street. The historically Swedish neighborhood is also known for its large LGBTQ+ community. The friendly neighborhood provides easy access to downtown Chicago without the hustle and bustle of neighborhoods closer to the Loop. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Andersonville is currently $1,700/mo.
There’s no better place to learn about Chicago’s history than Hyde Park. The culturally diverse neighborhood features breathtaking architecture, scenic views, and an abundance of historic locales. It’s no wonder renters enjoy living here. The Museum of Science and Industry is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts, one of the few remnants of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. With the University of Chicago in the neighborhood, residents mingle with the greatest minds in the city. Hyde Park is also home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Residential offerings range from modern high-rise buildings to ornate vintage apartments from the late 19th century. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Hyde Park is $2,100/mo.
If you want a low-key, residential area, Irving Park could be the neighborhood for you. You can find one-bedroom apartments for an average of $1,100/mo. Named for Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Irving Park was originally planned as a suburb. Residents enjoy wide, tree-lined streets, plenty of parking, and an abundance of green space. At 55 acres, Horner Park is one of the largest parks on the North Side of Chicago. Additionally, California Park is home to the only public indoor hockey and indoor tennis courts in the City of Chicago. Want amazing barbecue? Smoque BBQ in Irving Park might be the best in the city. Old Irving Brewery is another essential, serving award-winning beer and elevated pub fare.
Roscoe Village feels like a small town in a big city. The charming neighborhood offers plenty of single-family homes and beautiful vintage flats. Along Roscoe Street, you’ll find lovely boutiques, sandwich shops, brunch spots, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and more. The tight-knit neighborhood fosters a strong sense of community. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Roscoe Village is $2,200/mo.