5 Fantastic Chicago Neighborhoods You Should Explore Today

Downtown Chicago, Chicago, Illinois - Downtown Chicago with ColorSplash effect.

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There are millions of cities in the world and each have their own characteristic. Chicago being one of them, is known for it’s deep dish pizza, Chicago Blackhawks, and prestigious nightlife.

Although there are many activities to indulge in the Windy City, there are also lots of neighborhoods in the city that offer different things. For most people traveling to Chicago they go straight to the Magnificent Mile for the shopping, but Chicago offers much more than just shopping and a mile long road.

Here are seven fantastic Chicago neighborhoods that you should explore today.

Hipster Town Wicker Park

Situated on the west side of Chicago you’ll find one of the best hipster neighborhoods in the world. Wicker Park is known for its second-hand stores, art shops and unique hipster bars. It’s a great place to go to cut loose and relax when feeling stressed. This strategically placed hipster town is easy to get to as it’s located between the Damen and Division Blue Line stop just miutes away from the loop.

Chicago’s Historic Old Town

An affluent neighborhood in Chicago, Old Town is perfectly placed between the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park. If you’re looking to find a good beer and a fun night, Old Town is your best bet. This family friendly neighborhood turns energetic nightlife scene as the bars open their patios doors and craft beer flow out the taps. Check out the Old Town Pour House bar that offers a great atmosphere and over 90 craft beers on tap.

The Prestigious Gold Coast

Find yourself searching for your dream home in the Gold Coast as luxurious condominiums and townhouses line the streets. In the summertime you can walk along the sidewalk lined with some of Chicago’s best hotels as you make your way to Oak Street Beach to soak up the sun with a beautiful view of the skylines. If Oak Street Beach is too crowded or you want something different, head over to North Avenue Beach just north of Oak Street Beach where you’ll be greeted by bicycles, bikinis and the boat restaurant, Castaways Bar and Grill.

Food-Ville River North

River North is a food lovers dream filled with unique restaurants, patio dining, and delicious delights from all over the world. It’s a prime place to go if you have a little extra money to spend on your taste buds or even indulge in the city views on a few of the luxurious rooftop bars. River North is right off the Chicago or Grand red line stop near the Magnificent Mile and the John Hancock building.

Loop Around The Loop

This neighborhood is famous for its many attractions like the free Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, The Bean, and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. If you enjoy exercise you can attend free yoga in the summer every Sunday at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or free music every Tuesday evening. Millennium Park is also known to throw one of the best festivals in the world, Lollapalooza, so you can plan and book your ticket for that as well.

This piece is part of the #HipmunkCityLove campaign and was sponsored by Hipmunk.com


Kollin Lephart
Kollin is an avid traveler and entrepreneur. When she's not working as a Marketing Consultant, she's strategizing ways to make Every Girl, Everywhere even better. She's passionate about helping people, traveling and living the best life possible.

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