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Living in North Side Chicago

The North Side of Chicago, which rests along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, boasts a host of recreational features including access to 26 miles of scenic shoreline for biking, jogging, sailing, swimming and sightseeing opportunities. Surrounded by the city's premier sites and attractions including numerous parks, beaches and harbors, the North Side of Chicago’s real estate contains some of the most enviable homes in the city.

Among the stunning lakeshore vistas, residents can indulge in a variety of entertainment, ranging from Chicago Cubs games in Wrigleyville, to captivating performances at acclaimed theaters such as Steppenworf, American Theater Company, Victory Gardens, and Apollo.

Home to enticing attractions and venues like Lincoln Park, The Green Mill, The Aragon Ballroom, and DePaul University, Chicago’s North Side offers an unparalleled blend of sophistication and urban excitement.

Gorgeous parks are spread throughout the area, making the North Side an attractive residence to individuals who love the beauty of nature paired with breathtaking urban and cityscapes. The largest park, Lincoln Park, is an expansive 1,200 acre park overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan. Lincoln Park offers a variety of entertainment opportunities, including beaches, hiking and biking trails, and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

History buffs will enjoy the assortment of museums within the North Side, such as the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Chicago History Museum. Hosting more than 20 million visitors each year, Lincoln Park is the second most popular park in the nation, second only to New York's Central Park.

There are a variety of entertainment options available in North Side Chicago. Art and culture enthusiasts will enjoy strolling through the River North Art Gallery District, which is home to hundreds of art galleries. Art exhibitions can also be found at Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood. Exclusive neighborhoods, like the Gold Coast, offer an impressive selection of upscale designer boutiques and luxury services.

North Side is also home to a variety of annual festivals, offering entertainment options for a variety of tastes and ages. Festivals range from art fairs and garden walks to food inspired gatherings such as Ribfest in Lincoln Square and Taste of Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park.

Those in search of prestigious real estate in Chicago’s North Side should explore The Loop, which boasts an array of spectacular high-rise luxury condo buildings nestled among some of the tallest skyscrapers in the U.S. Residents of these impressive condos enjoy the mesmerizing panoramas of the cityscape or the waterfront on a daily basis. A notable selection of the city’s most sought after high-rise condos can be found in The Loop, including Park Hyatt, One Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place, Trump Tower, Waldorf Astoria, and more.

With a host of world class entertainment and dining options, paired with the lowest crime rates in the city, the North Side of Chicago's upscale neighborhoods are particularly popular among young professionals and families. Residents of the North Side are well-connected to attractions throughout the city. Multiple METRA and CTA routes serve the area, in addition to bike lanes, and beautiful lakefront paths.

For families with children, the North Side offers some of the best performing arts schools in the city, such as Decatur Classical School in West Ridge; Skinner North Classical School on the Near North Side. Top ranking schools such as Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, Blaine Elementary, Coonley School, Lincoln Park Grade School, Walter Payton College Prep, North Side Prep High School are all available to students living in North Side Chicago as well.

There is much to consider when searching for a home in the North Side. To learn more about the amenities and features that come with living on Chicago’s North Side, contact a Jameson Sotheby's International Realty agent today!