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Living in West Side Chicago

Located west of Chicago’s downtown area, the aptly named West Side is an ever-growing part of the city offering a variety of cultural meccas, including Little Italy, Ukrainian Village, Humboldt Park, Greektown, and more. Living in West Side Chicago will give you the opportunity to discover shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities infused with cultures from all over the world.

Located just west of Chicago’s Central Business District, Chicago’s West Loop is among the most popular and sought after neighborhoods in the City of Chicago with its loft apartments, condominiums and townhomes. The West Loop offers outstanding entertainment venues such as the United Center, home to the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, as well as an array of bustling restaurants along the Randolph Street Corridor's popular "restaurant row." The West Loop is also home to the burgeoning Fulton Market District, home to Chicago’s Google headquarters and boutique hotels.

Pilsen, a notable neighborhood in the West Side, has traditionally been a community of blue-collar laborers rooted in deep working class sensibilities. The area's Czech-origins are still visible through the bohemian architectural styles of the well-preserved buildings and towering cathedrals. In recent decades Pilsen experienced a transition in cultures, and is now home to a predominantly Hispanic community. With the arrival of the Hispanic community a wealth of authentic Mexican restaurants, art galleries, and retailers popped up, offering visitors the chance to browse unique shops while enjoying the vibrant murals throughout the area.

Wicker Park, a trendy neighborhood in the West Side, has seen a surge in popularity over the recent years. With a lively collection of local restaurants, bars, and art galleries flourishing throughout the neighborhood, Wicker Park has become a hotspot among young professionals working in the nearby downtown area. The revitalization of Wicker Park has made it an attractive market for real estate investment. Among the variety of real estate on Chicago’s West Side, you'll find some of the most discriminating selections of luxury and historic homes in Wicker Park.

As a part of the larger West Town community, Wicker Park is just one of the multiple neighborhoods in the area which share a similar East European flavor. For example, directly south of Wicker Park, you will find Ukrainian Village and East Village. Ukrainian Village and East Village offer a host of their own distinctive boutiques, restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars along Division Street, Grand Avenue and Chicago Avenue interwoven with historic churches reflecting the prominent styles of Eastern European architecture. With numerous residential areas interspersed throughout West Town, you'll find an array of West Side Chicago real estate options from which to choose.

Another popular community in the west side is Austin, which is adjacent to the village of Oak Park. In Austin, you can discover the distinguished Midway Park, an area characterized by its collection of historic homes which still display the neoclassical and Queen Anne styles influenced by distinguished American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Living in West Side Chicago provides a wonderful selection of parks, with some of the most notable sites being Humboldt Park in the heart of the Humboldt Park neighborhood, Douglas Park in North Lawndale, and Garfield Park, home to the beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory and its collection of tropical plants.

Chicago’s West Side offers residents easy access to all the features Chicagoland has to offer. Multiple METRA and CTA routes (e.g. the CTA Green Line and Blue Line) make several stops throughout West Side neighborhoods. These lines also connect residents and visitors to The Loop, O'Hare Airport and other parts of the greater Chicago area.

For those looking to buy a home in West Side Chicago, you’ll find real estate options as diverse as the communities and residents who reside here. With homes ranging from richly ornamented Victorian estates, and picturesque Queen Anne’s, to the more modest 20th century brick row houses, lofts, condominiums and apartments, there are properties to meet a variety of tastes and styles.

Discover the luxuries of living on Chicago’s West Side. If you have any questions while perusing through our properties, please contact one of our agents at Jameson Sotheby's International Real Estate, your trusted luxury lifestyle expert.

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