The Northside of Chicago is the area bounded by The Chicago River on the south to Howard Street on the north and from Lake Michigan on the east to as far west as O´Hare Airport. This area has undergone a tremendous transition in the past ten years or so. Numerous new and newer high rise condominium buildings have been built, some of these buildings overlooking the lakefront and its many parks and beaches. Many older homes and large apartment buildings have been renovated with fine finishes and converted to condominiums. In addition, quite a few older frame homes have been demolished and replaced with either four story condominiums or single family brick and stone homes. Chicago is also noted for its bungalows, greystones and brownstone style of buildings, many of which have undergone interior renovations. These properties have their own set of regulations when it comes to restoration and remodeling, thus most of the work is usually done on the inside, while keeping the charm of the exterior intact. Some of the neighborhoods found in this area include: Bucktown, the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Lincoln Square and North Center.
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Throughout these neighborhoods, excellent transportation is available via numerous CTA bus routes and train stations. There is also easy access to the national and metropolitan highway systems. Outstanding healthcare resources begin on the local level with skilled professionals in every specialty, emergency clinics, medical centers, and state-of-the-art hospitals. Leading healthcare systems anchor a comprehensive network of services and facilities that include rehabilitation, long-term care, skilled nursing, home health, hospice, community outreach, health screenings, and health and wellness programs. Some of the major hospitals serving the north side include Northwestern Hospital, Children´s Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph´s Hospital, University of Chicago/Weiss Memorial Hospital, Illinois Masonic Hospital and Swedish Covenant Hospital.
The area is filled with tree lined streets, local shopping, fine dining establishments, live theater, music and numerous sources for artwork and historical items and culture. During the summer, the streets are filled shoppers during the Old Town and Gold Coast Art Fairs. Music venues are always available at the pavilions in Millennium Park and Grant Park. The North Michigan Avenue area is known as the Magnificent Mile and features shopping from some of the finest retailers available anywhere in the world. Tourists, and residents alike, can be seen viewing this area from boat tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, sight-seeing buses, horse drawn carriages, or just walking along the “Mag Mile”.
The entire east side of the city faces Lake Michigan, and its beaches. During the summer months the lake is filled with swimmers, power boats and sailing regattas. As you head north from Michigan Avenue you arrive in an area known as the Gold Coast, named for having some of the most expensive properties in Chicago. Beyond this area is Lincoln Park, with its expansive grassy area, beaches, the Lincoln Park Zoo and some of Chicago´s fine museums. Further north lays the Lakeview neighborhood, Wrigleyville, and Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
If you are looking for an area to live in, that has all the vibrance and atmosphere of a metropolitan city along with the a neighborhood feel, where you can walk to shopping, transportation, attractions and more, the great neighborhoods on the Northside of Chicago are the place to be.