Most "walkable" neighborhoods in Chicago
Not only is Chicago known for its culture, food and highrise buildings, it's also walkable. Certainly the "Windy City" has its share of highways. However, Chicago also offer a number of locations that are surrounded by nearby amenities - Neighborhoods with their own ambiance, own parks and own attractions. In fact, walkscore.com calls Chicago the sixth most walkable large city in the United States. If you're looking for homes in Chicago, there are several such Chicago neighborhoods with high "walk scores" you should consider:
What is a walk score?
Walkscore.com assigns different urban neighborhoods a score between one and one hundred, based on things like access to mass transit, services and shopping within walking distance and the number of restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the area. Below are the neighborhoods they ranked the most walkable in Chicago.
1. Near North. Called Chicago's most walkable neighborhood by walkscore, the Near North is located just north of the Chicago River and just west of North Michigan Avenue. Walkscore gives the Near North neighborhood a 98/100, based on factors like being right next to several public transportation lines, being able to run daily errands without a car, its low crime rate and the more than 2,200 restaurants and bars in the area.
Virtually all Chicago homes in the Near North neighborhood are apartments and condos in multi-family buildings, ranging from converted 19th century mansions to modern high rise buildings. Expect to pay from around $600 per month for a studio apartment to more than $7,000 per month for a three-bedroom apartment with a view of downtown. Condo prices start at around $150,000 and go up to well over $1 million.
2. Printers Row. Another very walkable Chicago neighborhood is Printer's Row. Located near the Chicago Public Library just west of S. Michigan Avenue, this eight-block enclave earns a 97/100 from Walkable.com. This downtown neighborhood has many of the same good qualities as the Near North, although it is a lot smaller. Printers Row has only around 2,200 residents. WalkScore.com notes its excellent transportation and more than 200 eateries and bars.
Like the Near North, nearly all Chicago homes in the Printers Row neighborhood are apartments or condos in large, multi-family buildings. Expect to pay from $1,500 to more than $5,000 per month for an apartment and from $250,00 for a condo.
3. Gold Coast. Chicago's Gold Coast is famous for its luxury, high-rise apartment and condo buildings along the shores of Lake Michigan. It's also very walkable, with a walkscore.com rating of 96/100. Like the Near North and Printers Row, the Gold Coast has good access to public transportation, plenty of services for errands and more than 1,600 bars, restaurants and coffee shops.
Although most of the Chicago homes in this neighborhood are condos and apartments, the buildings tend to be newer than in the Near North and Printers Row. You can expect to pay from $1,000 per month for an apartment here and from $200,000 for a one bedroom condo.