Close to the lake (obviously), and filled with some of Chicago’s prettiest streets in the Lakewood Balmoral and Bryn Mawr historic districts, Edgewater is an eclectic neighborhood that offers diversity, affordability, and some great food.
Median one-bedroom rent: $1,085
Who lives here: There are plenty of long-term residents still around, joined by younger transplants and an expanding LGBT community, plus pockets of Asian, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern immigrants.
Bar and restaurant scene: Andersonville, along Clark St, has one of the most impressive arrays of food on the North Side: beer and Belgian eats at Hopleaf, southern comfort food at Big Jones, cheap Middle Eastern at Taste of Lebanon, brunch at m.henry, and on and on. Broadway is no slouch, either, with plenty of affordable spots catering to local immigrants and young foodies alike.
Public transit: The Red Line and Clark bus make it easy to get around the North Side but trips to the Loop or West Side neighborhoods can start running towards an hour.
Quote from a resident: “Edgewater is exactly what I want out of a Chicago neighborhood: close to the lake and the Red Line, with some of the best, most affordable apartments on the North Side. Bars and restaurants to keep me satisfied for years, but still quiet and charming.”