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Chicago's Downtown Neighborhoods

West Loop l River West l River North l Uptown l Printer's Row

Chicago's Northwest Neighborhoods

Loft-hunters know you shop the neighborhood first, and then look for the right loft. Finding the right place in Chicago is a little tricky. There are hot spots all over the place. Most people start by looking for somewhere that is near their work, or close to bus or 'el lines. But because Chicago's public transportation system is so good, the ability to venture out into the outer neighborhoods is always present.

The Wicker Park and Bucktown area has long been an artistís enclave, featuring many blocks of restaurants, bookstores, nightclubs, coffee shops and artisan shops. The streets are lined with trees and the buildings are architecturally charming. Several parks offer more than average open space for another popular Wicker Park resident, dogs! Lofts in this area are ideal for pet owners. Most allow pets and many include yards or dog runs and the nearby park includes a fenced dog area. Right on the blue line and mere minutes from downtown, this area is fast becoming a great place for finding huge lofts.

If you are looking for a quieter neighborhood, Ukrainian Village is perhaps one of the most interesting areas of Chicagoland. Located west of the loop on Chicago Ave, the neighborhood features beautiful churches and great architecture that lures many interested in the art. Originally established by German, Polish and Ukrainian immigrants, the village features excellent ethnic dining and shopping opportunities that make the neighborhood a great place to live. Lofts are not too hard to find and the pricing is very reasonable, especially considering the proximity to downtown. After taking a stroll through the villageís quiet shady streets, youíll be hard pressed to find a nicer neighborhood.

Sports fans know Wrigley Field, and Wrigleyville is fast becoming a great place to find a loft. This community within Lakeview sits on northern Lake Michigan and features endless opportunities for shopping, nightlife and more. Even if baseball isnít your interest, the proximity to the lakefront and the short distance to downtown and Lincoln Park is a big plus. Lofts in Wrigleyville vary from cozy and small to massive multiple bedroom spaces. Though parking was once a concern for those living near the stadium, new parking regulations should keep your spot open.

Perhaps Chicago's most well known neighborhood, Lincoln Park, is the favorite neighborhood of many young professionals, college grads and artists. Lincoln Park offers pretty much everything within its borders, leaving little reason to venture away from its many parks and shops. Located only a few Ďel stops from the loop, this neighborhood is fast becoming exclusively priced. But lofts in Lincoln Park remain available at reasonable prices. Smaller lofts can still be found for between $800 and $1500 a month and offer all the convenience you could hope for.

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