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Living in South Side Chicago

Chicago’s South Side rests along the shores of Lake Michigan, and is part of Cook County Illinois. The South Side contains an array of fascinating communities, each with their own unique history and architecture, making Chicago’s South Side an attractive area to live as well as invest in real estate.

Beverly, an idyllic community in the south side, is perhaps one of the most affluent areas in Chicago. Known for its pristine housing stock, Beverly holds an exclusive collection of architecturally significant estates that are generations old. Immersed in its rich Irish heritage, the neighborhood contains an enclave of Irish establishments. A place where culture and diversity abound, Beverly is home to Chicago's South Side Irish Parade, the medieval Beverly Unitarian Church, Beverly Arts Center, and some the best ethnic dining options in the city.

Also included in the South Side is South Loop, a cultural and historical hotspot with a variety of activities. In South Loop, you will find the historic Prairie Avenue District, which has served as a residence to many of Chicago’s historical elite families. Residents also enjoy strolling through the beautifully landscaped, 57-acre Museum Campus and Grant Park, overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan. McCormick Place, an enormous convention center which hosts some of the biggest events and trade shows in the nation, also resides here.

With new condominium and townhouse developments blending into the historic streets of South Loop, you will find areas like Printer's Row, which once housed a large number of printing and publishing businesses. These impressive brick buildings have now been converted into urban-style lofts and trendy apartments.

Just around the corner from South Loop, are the cultural dining and shopping opportunities of South Side's very own Chinatown. Restaurants, gift shops and Chinese medicine stores line the streets, catering to people interested in the Chinese culture.

Another treasure worth exploring is the quaint community of Bronzeville. With excellent examples of Queen Ann-style architecture, as well as Gothic and Romanesque designs, Bronzeville holds an eclectic mix of historic estates. Within the shopping market, historically known as the “Black Metropolis,” you will find several impressive landmarks that define the Bronzeville district.

Located to the west of Bronzeville, is Bridgeport, home to the Chicago White Sox as well as a large number of Chicago's former mayors, including Richard J. Daily and Richard M. Daily. Housing options in Bridgeport include traditional Chicago-style brick bungalows, as well as new construction single family homes.

Mount Greenwood, heralded as one of the best places in Chicago to raise a family, is another premier location in South Side Chicago. Many families are attracted to the pleasant atmosphere and top school choices that Mount Greenwood provides. Mount Greenwood is serviced by the Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School, perhaps one of the best performing schools in the state.

Getting around Chicago’s South Side the city is made easy with the Metra Rail’s South Shore line and the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line, Orange Line and Green line all servicing the South Side.

South Shore’s impressive blend of urban lifestyle, paired with the exclusivity of the waterfront, makes residing here an appealing prospect to many residents. The picturesque beaches and beautiful century homes of the area make Chicago’s South Side real estate a great investment.

If you would like to learn more about living on the South Side of Chicago, speak with one of our luxury lifestyle and real estate experts at Jameson Sotheby's International Realty.