07/16/2012 06:42 pm ET Updated Jul 16, 2012

Chicago's Best Neighborhoods For Parents: Raising A Family In The City (NOMINATE YOUR NABE)

A recent glut of trend pieces has turned the spotlight on so-called "Generation Rent" -- the 20- and even 30-somethings who, by choice or by lack of other credit options, are resisting buying homes in the 'burbs, instead continuing their lives as urban renters.

And this is particularly true in Chicago, a city known for its vibrant neighborhoods and relatively affordable rents. And it is also true of families, not only the childless.

For urban-dwelling Chicago parents, the possibilities are seemingly endless. Chicago boasts 234 square miles, split up into 77 official "community areas" and even more neighborhoods, each with their own traditions and histories and 570 city parks split amongst them.

But, like many other large cities, crime and violence take a toll. Last month, it was reported that the number of Chicago Public Schools students wounded in shootings reached a four-year high during the last academic year.

With all this in mind, we wanted to reach out to our readers to ask: Which Chicago neighborhood is your pick for the city's best to raise a family?

Be sure to back up your pick with reasons why -- and send along a photo to if it helps make your case. we'll be culling reader feedback from the comment section below and from Facebook and Twitter when we report back on your picks next week.