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By any measurement, the South Loop of Chicago has seen an impressive rebirth in the last 10 years. Let’s take a comprehensive look at this extensively revamped and reconstructed neighborhood that draws singles, couples and families who love its proximity to the water, a mix of downtown and traditional neighborhood feel and easy access to[...]

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They say time flies when you are having fun, and that is exactly how we feel about River North. Rich with culture and nightlife, this hip and trendy Chicago neighborhood has undergone a few revivals over its first 180 years, becoming the go-to district for those who enjoy fine art, design, upscale dining and some[...]

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West Loop is changing so much, so fast, and in such a short period of time. It’s no longer the “gritty” neighborhood it once was in its industrial-era beginnings. Executive Director of the West Loop Community Organization, Carla Agostinelli, claims that West Loop’s identity is in flux, but “We are not flashy. We are not[...]

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Hey Chicagoans! There’s a new hidden oasis nestled in the heart of the historic South Loop neighborhood. It’s called Southbank, and it’s the Windy City’s newest neighborhood, resting right on the edge of the Chicago River. About Southbank If you’re drawn to the eclectic vibe and open spaces found in South Loop, keep an eye[...]

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Choosing the right neighborhood in a new city is a daunting task, especially with the many exciting areas Chicago has to offer – 77, to be exact, with 12 unique downtown areas. Each of these vibrant communities offers something a little different for everyone, so it’s important to choose the one that best suits your[...]

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Angry drivers, clogged intersections and cars stretching for block after block is no way to start your day. It's even more frustrating in the afternoon, after you've put in a long day at the office. If you're tired of traffic logistics around Chicago, trade in your wheels for some power walking shoes. Whether you live[...]

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When winter finally moves on, it's time for residents to step into their spring wardrobe and enjoy the many Chicago outdoor activities available to them. With the parks, concerts and shopping, you'll never be bored here. Chicagoans eagerly await spring so they can hit the trails, tours and tastings. As the flowers begin to bloom[...]

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Exciting urban neighborhoods are as prevalent as ever. Every city has new hotspots, gritty classics and much in between. But how do you quantify the “coolness” of a given neighborhood, beyond what’s simply trendy and hip? How do you compare the vibrant and diverse cultural epicenters of our nation’s most beloved cities? Put simply, we used data[...]

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Whether you are new to the area or a Chicago veteran, it is helpful to know that Chicago's streets are a big grid, with the center of the city located at State and Madison. If you hear a street name that is called "north something," you know it's "above Madison." Someone mentions "west something," and[...]

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