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.
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.
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.
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.