A few more miles northwest, you’ll find Schorsch Forest View which has homes with garages and private yards. Unlike most Chicago neighborhoods which are built on a grid, this family-friendly community offers winding avenues along a picturesque forest preserve as well as schools, stores, restaurants, and more.
Near Lake Michigan, just seven miles north of the city center is Sheridan Park. This charming Historic District boasts beautiful rehabbed homes with fireplaces and vintage condos near theaters, restaurants, and the CTA.
A few miles away, some five miles north of the Loop, is St. Ben’s. As expected the community includes a church and school, plus festivals, bars, restaurants, and housing options from two-story Victorians to condo conversions.
Chicago’s south side includes the commercial-heavy Scottsdale,18 miles southwest of Downtown, while the nature-focused South Shore provides gorgeous views of the lakefront and skyline. Located 10 miles south of the Loop, the area features a 65-acre lakefront park with a nine-hole golf course, a bird sanctuary, walking trails and fitness center—all within a hop, skip and a jump from affordable homes.
Approximately 13 miles south of the Downtown is the aptly named South Chicago which also offers affordable housing options as well as a farmers’ market, Bessemer Park, Eckersall Stadium Park and Russell Square Park.