Chicago neighborhood guides


Chicago is always called a city of neighborhoods, and it is so true. We love how each pocket of this big city can still feel like a cozy community with it's own unique restuarants, shops, playgrounds and more. Here are some of our favorite picks from neighborhoods around the city to help your family explore.


Walking tour of Wicker Park for families

Wicker Park is known for its world-class restaurants and trendy nightlife. But it is a very different scene by day. Parents push strollers to the park. Kids ride bikes up and down the sidewalks. Families take advantage of all that this neighborhood has to offer. Wicker Park is relatively small, making it an ideal neighborhood for a strolling tour.

The boundaries of Wicker Park are North Avenue to the north, Division Street to the south, Ashland to the east and Western Avenue to the west. Within those boundaries, there are many wonderful spots for families to play, eat, shop and explore.


Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Pilsen

As the The Day of the Dead draws near, plan a family visit to this southern Chicago neighborhood.

South Loop for families

This growing neighborhood offers parks, play spaces and family-friendly food to keep you busy all day.

Family guide to Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago

For those who've never been, or have memories of being single in Rogers Park, you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn that it's a family destination, too.

Chinatown for little feet: A guided tour

The jumble of old and new, bold and subdued, treasure and trinkets that is Chicago's Chinatown will fascinate kids, and the untamed, "what'll-I-find-today," street-bazaar feel ensures no two trips will be alike.

Shopping on Southport

From pretty princess attire to canine cakes, these Lakeview shops have everything you can dream of.

A family guide to downtown La Grange

Delicious brunch, comic books and old-fashioned charm await you in this western suburb of Chicago.

A family guide to a day in Roscoe Village

Roscoe Village has a reputation as prime real estate for young families, which also means it's a retail mecca for anyone with kids. The L-shaped stretch of Roscoe Street and Belmont Avenue makes for a walkable day of shopping, fun for parents and little ones alike. Here are some spots to hit. Check the last slide for a map to see just how walkable the village is.


Exploring Chicago's Little Vietnam neighborhood with kids

Recently called out as an "Opportunity Area" by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, this vibrant area full of restaurants and shops is on the rise, and makes for a fun place to spend an afternoon.

Take a tour of Chicago's own Beverly Hills

The neighborly sign on 95th Street reads "Welcome to Beverly Hills." What it doesn't say is that this particular neighborhood-commonly referred to simply as Beverly-is home to Chicago's only hills, an Irish castle, legendary burgers and one-of-a-kind ice cream cones.

Originally built by English engineers as an exclusive streetcar suburb, the landscape is dotted with a variety of older housing, from ridge-top mansions to bungalows. It has become one of the most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city and considered one of the best.

Here are some not-to-be-missed Beverly neighborhood pleasures.


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