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There are many neighborhoods to consider when moving to or around Chicago and some of the most manageable begin with the letter M.

In addition to having fun in the park its named for, Margate Park residents can easily access Lincoln Park and Foster Avenue Beach as well as taking the family dog to Puptown dog park on Marine Drive. Located less than seven miles from Downtown, this north side neighborhood offers a variety of restaurants and home options.

A 323-acre park with a lagoon and golf course make Marquette Park a natural haven, especially with the Ashburn Farmers’ Market from June through October. Yet this southwest neighborhood is only 10 miles from Downtown so it also offers urban amenities such as ethnic restaurants and CTA options.

Marycrest proves good things come in small packages since this tiny neighborhood is big on comfort with two-story and split-level houses resting on quiet streets 15 miles southwest of the Loop.

Affordable Chicago bungalows, half-duplexes and townhouses with large yards are available in Marynook. Situated within the Avalon Park community, the south side neighborhood has a suburban charm even though the Loop is just 13 miles away.

Nestled near the Green Belt of the Chicago River, Mayfair features affordable housing, the Irish American Heritage Center, and convenient access to Downtown, just 10 miles away.

McKinley Park is one of the city’s most historically significant neighborhoods. In addition to being named after President William McKinley, the area dates back to the pre-Civil War era. Today, the park offers swimming, soccer and ice-skating to those who reside in the area which is just five miles southwest of the Loop.

Another area of historic importance is Chicago’s Medical District which got its start after the Great Fire of 1871 when the city needed a centralized location for medical care. Since then the Cook County Hospital, Rush Medical College, the Presbyterian Hospital and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Medicine were built—as well as housing for medical-minded residents.

Just 11 miles northwest of the Loop is Montclare. The family-friendly neighborhood blends the cultural riches of city life with the quiet serenity of a safe suburb.

Mount Greenwood is about as suburban as a Chicagoan can get since it neighbors other suburbs. Located 14 miles from the Loop, the southwest area features a variety of homes on spacious lots as well as plenty of parks.

Wherever you decide to live in Chicago, Golan’s movers in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York can get you there. The Chicago moving company has safely managed local, long distance, and international relocations without since 1990.

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