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Neighborhood Guides

Insider’s guides to Chicago's neighborhoods and suburbs


The Swedish-rooted area has local shops and original eateries galore, but it’s the home furnishings stores that attract visitors from around the world to this little corner of Chicago.


Springtime on the Southwest Side promises more than shamrocks and green beer.


From contemporary art to craft beer to upscale Chinese food, this Near South Side neighborhood offers plenty of local color.


Find art, comedy, monuments, and soul food in this historic South Side neighborhood.

Chicago Avenue

Once a stark thoroughfare, West Chicago Avenue is transforming into a stellar destination for BYOs, bars, and more.


This bustling century-old neighborhood offers endless dining and shopping options, but here are the stops that should definitely be on your itinerary.

Division Street

With new kids’ shops and a smattering of upscale clothing boutiques, Wicker Park’s Division Street is looking different.


Celebrate the Fourth of July with fine dining, shopping, and exploring in this northern suburb.

Highland Park

A rock-star teashop on the North Shore? Yes–and more.

Hyde Park

Sparkling with art, architecture, and culture, the South Side neighborhood is a must-visit.

Lakeshore East

Chicago’s newest neighborhood is also its newest dining destination.

Lincoln Square

A beloved music venue’s expansion is one reason to revisit this North Side neighborhood. We’ve got 13 more.

Logan Square

This sprawling, once-bohemian northwest nabe has tipped.

Milwaukee Avenue Art District

Outlier artists and gallerists are flocking to Milwaukee Avenue, transforming the arterial street into Chicago’s most cutting-edge gallery district.

North Center

The strip between Lake View and Lincoln Square is bursting with homey eats and cozy cultural attractions.

Oak Park

The western burb—once home to Hemingway and Wright—mixes character and craftsmanship.


18th and Halsted Streets play host to a new fusion of cafés, shops, and more

Portage Park

From classic cinema to fried chicken, this neighborhood dials up the charm in time for the holidays.

Ukrainian Village

This trendy West Side neighborhood is having a moment. Here’s where the smart locals go.

West Loop

With the opening of a new el stop and summer fests galore, Oprah’s old stomping ground is now a juicy destination all its own

Wicker Park

New spots like the Emporium Arcade Bar and the Purple Cow preserve the neighborhood’s trendy rep

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