In 1850, American author Horace Greeley said, “Go West, young man.” Although his suggestion was about America’s westward expansion, it still applies today with regards to Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods located west of Downtown.
A hip, cultural and pricey part of town is Chicago’s West Loop where the best of city-living is steps from one’s apartment, condo or detached dwelling. In addition to its Niketown Bastille Day 5K Run/Walk and Block Party and Taste of Randolph Street festival, the area is home to the Pitchfork Music Festival as well as art galleries, trendy boutiques, international eateries, happening clubs—and Greektown!
Located near Chicago State University, just 13 miles south of the Loop, is the family-friendly neighborhood of West Chesterfield . Here, residents enjoy CTA options, easy access to the expressway, and a variety of housing options including single-family bungalows and ranches as well as townhouses and vintage courtyard units.
Another area ideal for families is the suburban-like Westlawn neighborhood which features affordably-priced brick homes and condos just 10 miles southwest of the Loop. The area also provides plenty of CTA options, ethnic eateries, Westlawn Park, and the country’s only Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture.
For more Chicago bungalows, schools, stores, restaurants, and CTA services, check out West Elsdon which is 9 miles southwest of Downtown. The community also is home to Strohacker Park on 54th Street and Pasteur Park on Kostner Avenue where residents can enjoy tennis, baseball and a leisurely stroll down a hiking trail.