Discover Neighborhoods in Chicago

Neighborhoods in Chicago

Your Chicago apartment search might be shaped by the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, outdoor spaces, parking spaces or maybe something else. But one thing you need to find: What's your Chicago neighborhood going to be? Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Get to know the city and suburbs by using Domu's guide to Chicago neighborhoods or view the Chicago neighborhood map.

Lakeview apartments are among the most varied in the city, with new construction popping up amid the many vintage courtyard buildings and mid-century apartments.
Edgewater apartments for rent are available in everything from vintage apartments, studios and 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom apartments that are near Lake Michigan. Foster and Hollywood beaches are magnets for sports enthusiasts and sun-bathers every summer.
tree lined street with sidewalk and blooming trees in Edgewater Chicago
Lincoln Park is awash in studio apartments, convertibles, and you can find 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartments for rent in refurbished brownstones, lofts, condos, single family homes and newer high-rise apartment towers.
Logan Square apartments come in a wide range of styles and sizes, from historic mansions to classic Chicago two flats. There are some luxury apartments and condos recently on the scene in Logan Square for renters who want to spring for more comfort and amenities.
Apartments for rent in Wicker Park Chicago can range in size, from studio apartments to 1 bedrooms to 3 bedrooms, but offer easy access to downtown Chicago with service on the CTA Blue line.
South Loop apartments range from studio apartments to 3 bedrooms and have close proximity to the Loop with numerous brand new luxury apartments available with great city views or Lake Michigan views.
south loop apartment building
Apartments in Old Town provide easy access to downtown Chicago while still offering renters a neighborhood full of restaurants, bars and unique retail shops.
colorful painted mural exterior of old english taco pub on wells street in Old Town Chicago
River North is the de facto nightlife district for visitors to Chicago but it offers plenty of comfortable living spaces that come in everything from studio apartments up to multi-bedroom apartments.
Apartments for rent in the Gold Coast Chicago put renters in great proximity to the Magnificent Mile, which includes Water Tower Place, the Drake Hotel and the Four Seasons.
Rogers Park Apartments tend to be in classic courtyard buildings, with the occasional mid-rise or two-flat apartment building thrown in for good measure. Rogers Park is the northernmost neighborhood within Chicago’s city limits.
Hyde Park Chicago apartments offer varied and interesting architecture, from newly constructed modern high-rise apartments to ornate apartment buildings from the late 19th century.
Lincoln Square apartments can be found in vintage buildings, some renovated and updated with modern fixtures and finishes, but many reflecting an old school charm that locals adore.

If I’m Moving to Chicago, Which Neighborhoods Should I Explore?

First, congrats on moving to Chicago! Many renters are known to stay up late trying to crack the puzzle of “Which are the best neighborhoods in Chicago?” Heated debates have broken out in taverns, on street corners, in the national press, and even within some renters’ living rooms. But here’s the thing: renters should NOT lose sleep over this supposed conundrum -- the truth is that all Chicago neighborhoods have something to offer renters...it largely depends on what they’re looking for in a neighborhood.

Some neighborhoods are more densely populated than others, and here is the quick and easy breakdown to how many people live in Chicago and within a given neighborhood: South side Chicago neighborhoods are usually less crowded than neighborhoods on the north side of Chicago. More than half of Chicago’s geographic footprint is south and west of downtown, aka the origin point of Chicago’s street grid system, so there’s a lot of land in the south side. There are more people on the north side and less land, so if renters want a place that allows them more space to go for walks, have a peaceful picnic or spend a day in the park, then the south side neighborhoods may be a good place to start browsing for apartments. If density is the desired characteristic for a Chicago neighborhood, check out neighborhoods on the north side.  You can always view the Chicago neighborhood map to get started.

How Many Neighborhoods are in Chicago?

There are 77 Chicago neighborhoods. And renters in each of the distinct neighborhoods in Chicago can start their search for apartments here. The number of official neighborhoods has grown over time, and it may be poised to grow again in the near future. Discussion about developing underutilized land and formerly industrial zones has picked up in recent years so the number of Chicago neighborhoods could soon add up to 78 in total.

Not to confuse matters more, but some neighborhoods in Chicago are actually located within other neighborhoods. This can be confusing to newcomers, but there’s an important distinction between Chicago's regions and its neighborhoods -- if renters look at the directory of Chicago neighborhoods on this page, they’ll see that each one is located within a region. The regions are designated by geographical names like North Side, South Side, Far North, Far South, Northwest, Southwest, and so on.

Where Do Nicknames for Chicago Neighborhoods Come From?

A fair number of Chicago neighborhoods are named for their location, e.g. River North, the West Loop, Lakeshore East, South Loop, Uptown, etc. Other nicknames point to a central gathering place, like Fulton Market, Logan Square, Lincoln Square, McKinley Park, and so on.

Then what about interesting names like Streeterville, Pilsen and Bronzeville? Unique names for Chicago community areas frequently denote the history, ethnic makeup or population of those neighborhoods. Names like Little Italy, Greektown and Chinatown leap to mind here. The more idiosyncratic names for Chicago neighborhoods, though, often refer to the home region of immigrants who settled in the area many decades ago but no longer represent the predominant demographic for that community. Andersonville and Pilsen are two examples in this regard. Learn more about Chicago neighborhood history by clicking through to one of the comprehensive neighborhood guides on Domu.