The Most Popular Neighborhoods in Chicago in 2022 So Far

Can you believe we’re almost halfway through 2022? As we approach the year’s midpoint, we’re taking a look at the neighborhoods trending in Chicago right now. Some are longtime favorites, and others might surprise you. With renter input and apartment search data, these communities came out on top as the most popular Chicago neighborhoods this year. 

From Andersonville to Pilsen, these neighborhoods perfectly complement the lifestyle of the 2022 renter. The pandemic has completely transformed how we live. Apartments aren’t just the place where we rest and refuel — they’re also where we live, work, and play. And our neighborhoods are an extension of our homes. That’s why these ten communities are trending in Chicago right now:

(Neighborhoods are listed in alphabetical order.) 

Andersonville 

Andersonville  

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. Andersonville sustains its ever-growing popularity with apartment searches up by 23% this year. The friendly neighborhood also 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 $1,450/mo. 

Bucktown

Bucktown

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 loved Bucktown in a recent poll. Median rent for a one-bedroom in the area is $1,850/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.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park  

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.

Irving Park 

Irving Park 

If you want a low-key, residential area, Irving Park could be the neighborhood for you. Apartment searches in Irving Park have grown by 34% this year. It’s no secret Chicago rent is high right now — that might be why renters are looking to Irving Park. You can find one-bedroom apartments for a median of $1,040/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.

Lakeview

Lakeview  

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 $1,400 to $2,000/mo.

Lincoln Park

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 $1,950/mo. 

Logan Square

Logan Square  

Not only is Logan Square one of the top neighborhoods on Domu, it’s also beloved by our social followers. Hot take: could Logan Square be the new West Loop? 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 $1,900/mo.

Pilsen

Pilsen  

Searches for Pilsen apartments have grown by an astonishing 85% this year. Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,400/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. 

Roscoe Village

Roscoe Village  

Roscoe Village feels like a small town in a big city. The charming neighborhood offers plenty of single-family homes and beautiful vintage flats. Renters looking for Roscoe Village apartments have increased by 15% this year. 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 $1,500/mo.

West Loop

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 $2,000 to $2,500/mo.