Methodology

Chicago’s annual housing chart (published most recently in our October 2009 issue and created with help from Midwest Real Estate Data) was the source for the average house or condo price in each town and neighborhood. Several Chicago communities featured here are smaller components of the larger neighborhoods that appeared on that chart. Specifically, Lakewood Balmoral is part of Edgewater; Rockwell Crossing is part of Lincoln Square; Roscoe Village is part of North Center; Holstein Park is part of Logan Square; Lakeshore East is part of the Loop; and Marynook is part of Avalon Park. Star ratings are on a scale of from one to four, with four stars being the highest rating.