2018 Predictions: Keep Your Eyes on These Chicago Neighborhoods
Every now and then, a neighborhood in the city just kind of blows up, to put it bluntly. Since the year is young, we found ourselves wondering what areas will be the next to attract new rounds of residents and visitors.
Looking specifically at population growth and increases in business developments and proposals, we found five neighborhoods that stuck out to us the most. Keep in mind, these are just our guesses – places we examined and thought, “Yeah, this could be a thing in the next five to ten years or so.”
Check out our picks and let us know what you think!
Bordered by more populous areas like Lakeview, this smaller, historic district within Uptown is known for its Prairie-style mansions that line Hutchinson Street, as well as its enviably close proximity to the lake. Although its older properties have landed it on the National Register of Historic Places, they’re surrounded by plenty of high-rise space – perfect for unobstructed Lake Michigan views. We can definitely foresee a surge in prospective residents who might pass on Lakeview for a slightly more affordable and out-of-the-way location.
Along with families that have been in this South Side neighborhood for generations, Bridgeport has also seen a slow influx of young students and professionals, due to rent prices still being relatively low. With proposed developments near the South Branch of the Chicago River, and existing recreational and cultural institutions like the Bridgeport Art Center, we can easily see Bridgeport becoming a future hotspot for residents and visitors, like neighboring Pilsen.
As one of the most pivotal neighborhoods in the city’s history, this former hub for the railroad industry is known for its historic sites and iconic row houses. Unfortunately, it’s one of those distinctly “Chicago” neighborhoods that often goes overlooked. With the recent opening of the Gateway Retail Center this past fall, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more developments move to this area. We’d love to see an increase in tourism to this area, so that visitors and new residents alike can appreciate just how large of a role this neighborhood has played in shaping the city.
This neighborhood has already been on the city’s radar as one that’s steadily growing in popularity. As neighboring Logan Square continues to see increases in rent prices, many of those potential residents turn to Avondale. While dining and entertainment options might not be as plentiful as they are in the ‘hood next door, a few longstanding favorites like Kuma’s Corner and DonerMen have kept people coming back to the area. Not to mention, upcoming additions like Sleeping Village, a live music venue by the team behind This Whistler, are sure to bring even more visitors to this part of town.
We’ve got a feeling that this neighborhood on the northwest side is gonna have a “moment” pretty soon. An increase in project proposals, like a Portage Walking Museum and more housing and retail space in the Six Corners shopping district, means developers are eyeing Portage Park. Things to love about it? It’s a great area for film buffs, as plenty of theaters populate the area. It’s also a decent option for young families looking for a place to settle in.