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Chicago Neighborhoods

Green Schoolyards Are a Win for Kids, Communities and the Environment

Carla Thompson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
Carla Thompson

Most city neighborhoods already have a local schoolyard, and it's the perfect space to be transformed into an outdoor hub -- serving students during the school day and the entire community when school isn't in session.

Chicago Neighborhood Grocery Goes Global

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf Lynn

What could better whet a hankering for authentic ethnic foods than a Greek-owned operation born in Chicago's own melting pot, the Southwest Side and suburbs thereabout?

LOOK: Roommate Match-Making App Takes On Chicago Stereotypes

Posted 08.12.2013 | Chicago

Not every Chicago roommate situation works out as well as "Perfect Strangers," but a newly-launched app could roommmate seekers avoid their own person...

The Great Chicago 50 Ward-50 Bar Project

Matthew Bailey | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

I am about to embark on a grand Chicago voyage... In my eternal effort to better comprehend this place, I'll be visiting and drinking in all the 50 wards.

Think You Know Your Chicago Neighborhoods? Prove It

Posted 02.04.2013 | Chicago

Think of it as a Chicago-centric pop quiz in your geography class -- without the repercussions of a flunking score. Gapers Block on Monday linked t...

Leaving Home

Margaret Hicks | Posted 11.26.2012 | Chicago
Margaret Hicks

Well, I'm headed out of town for Morocco soon. I know, little tiny violins. But the truth of the matter is, leaving Chicago is hard.

Why Is It Tough To Stabilize Chicago's Neighborhoods?

WBEZ | By: Ashley Gross | Posted 06.09.2012 | Chicago

Banks filed foreclosure on fewer homes in Chicago last year, so it's easy to think the problem is fading. But five years into the crisis, a lot of nei...

PHOTOS: America's Most Beautiful Neighborhoods

Travel + Leisure | Posted 12.05.2011 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Urban planner Jeff Soule remembers the moment he first fully appreciated the beauty of Baltimore's Charles Village.

PHOTOS: Chicago's 10 Most Walkable Neighborhoods

Posted 09.24.2011 | Chicago

Chicago has again been ranked one of America's most walkable cities, behind New York, San Francisco and Boston, according to an annual report released...

The Hidden Truth About Chatham

Zack Isaacs | Posted 08.29.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

For years, Chatham has been the premier black community on the South Side with nice homes and manicured lawns. But some residents feel their "grass wa...

PHOTOS: Lincoln Square Fixer-Upper Turned Into Warm, Modern Home

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Text by Kevin Aeh and photos by Erica Gannett, courtesy of Time Out Chicago A.J. Hassan and Jessica Berger must have great imaginations. When the co...

Earwax Cafe Closing After 21 Years In Wicker Park

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For more than 21 years, Earwax Cafe has been a Wicker Park staple. Their vegetarian-friendly menu, delicious milkshakes and art-filled walls survived ...

Finding Community in a Sea of Snow

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Gregory Michie

We all get busy with our own lives. And once the Chicago winter rolls in and we're cooped up inside, you can go weeks, even months, without seeing the people who live next door.

A Tortilla Emergency: Blizzard Causes Local Factories To Fall Behind

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's third heaviest snowfall in history shut down schools and businesses and stranded drivers... But there was a bigger crisis in many Mexican n...

PHOTOS: Chicago Mag Rounds Up Best Neighborhood Food Spots

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Chicago Magazine has been rounding up everything they love about the Windy City. This week, they unveiled one of ...

PHOTOS: Luxury Mansion The Most Expensive Home West Of Western

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Walking past this 9,850 square foot mansion in Old Irving Park, you can't help but wonder what is inside. It turns out, the state of the art home is...

Oak Park Named One Of The Top Ten Neighborhoods In The Nation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Striking the perfect balance between lively city and historical hub, west suburban Oak Park has been named one of the top ten neighborhoods in the Uni...

New Guide To Chicago's Neighborhoods -- And It's Free

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The city of Chicago is a tangled maze of neighborhoods, carved up along ethnic, cultural and geographic lines. There are the 77 official "community ar...

Chicago Avenue: A Neighborhood In Limbo

Gapers Block | Shipping Included | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Avenue used to have it all -- shops, theaters, department stores and restaurants. People used to hang out on the stretch of road between Damen...

PHOTOS: Where To Find The Highest Property Taxes In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

One of the few reliable sources of income for our otherwise cash-strapped city is property taxes. Whether you're looking to move to a new neighborhood...

The Shadow Budget: How The City Spends TIF Funds, Ward By Ward

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If ever there was a community in need of economic development, it's West Englewood. It's riddled with vacant lots. Those that aren't turning to swa...

What Chicago Zip Code Offers the Most Bang for Your Buck?

Liane Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Liane Jackson

If living in the right part of town is still important to you, but you're living on a recession budget, which Chicago area neighborhood offers the most bang for your buck?

Quigley Delivers Top Ten Reasons Chicago Is World's Best City To Congress

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley took a page from David Letterman Tuesday night, delivering a Top Ten list from the floor of Congress of his "Reasons Chicago is...

Cancer Far More Lethal In Predominantly African American Neighborhoods: Report

Chicago Public Radio | Gabriel Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Women in neighborhoods on Chicago's South and West Sides have much higher death rates from breast cancer....

Four Of Nation's 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Chicago: Study

Chicago Sun-Times | MARK J. KONKOL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago is home to four of the top 25 most dangerous "neighborhoods" in the country, including a sliver of Washington Park that ranked No. 2, a recent...