Guide To Chicago Sides, Community Areas and Neighborhoods

Here’s where you can learn about Chicago Sides, Community Areas and Neighborhoods

Most Chicagoans will talk about sides, community areas and neighborhoods. For example: “I live on the near north side” or “I live in the West Loop”. And we often use neighborhoods and community areas interchangeably.

This guide will bring some clarity to questions like:

  • What neighborhoods are in Chicago Central? North Side? West Side?
  • What’s the difference between the West Loop, Near West Side, West Loop Gate and West Side?
  • Are South Loop and Near South Side the same thing?

Below are three columns, one for each Chicago “side” our brokers have worked in and have knowledge about; Central, North Side and West Side.

In each side there are specific community areas and in each community area specific neighborhoods. Follow the links to learn more about each community area and neighborhood.

If you’re a visual person these three columns are meant to help sort it our for you. We invite you to use our Advanced Chicago Map Search to find your ideal home.

Chicago Central includes the following Community Areas And Neighborhoods:

Loop

Includes neighborhoods: New East Side

Near North Side

Includes neighborhoods: Near NorthGold Coast, Old Town, Goose Island, River West, River North and Streeterville which includes the Magnificent Mile

Near South Side

Includes neighborhoods: South Loop, Motor Row, Prairie Avenue Historic District, Dearborn Park and Printer’s Row

Chicago’s North Side includes the following Community Areas And Neighborhoods:

Albany Park

Includes the following neighborhoods: Mayfair and North Mayfair

Avondale

Includes the following neighborhoods: Chicago’s Polish Village, Belmont Gardens and Kosciuszko Park

Edgewater

Includes the following neighborhoods: Andersonville, Edgewater Glen, Edgewater Beach, Magnolia Glen and Lakewood / Balmoral

Irving Park

Includes the following neighborhoods: Old Irving Park, The Villa, Independence Park, Little Cassubia, West Walker, California Park, Kilbourn Park, Avondale Gardens and Merchant Park

Lake View

Includes the following neighborhoods: Lakeview East / Boystown, Graceland West, North Halsted, West Lakeview and Wrigleyville

Lincoln Park

Includes the following neighborhoods: West DePaul, Old Town Triangle, Park West, Ranch Triangle, Sheffield Neighbors and Wrightwood Neighbors

Lincoln Square

Includes the following neighborhoods: Bowmanville, Budlong Woods, Rockwell Crossing, Lincoln Square North, Ravenswood and Ravenswood Garden

Logan Square

Includes the following neighborhoods: Belmont Gardens West Bucktown and Bucktown

North Center

Includes the following neighborhoods: Roscoe Village and Horner Park

Rogers Park

Includes the following neighborhoods: East Rogers Park and West Rogers Park

Uptown

Includes the following neighborhoods Buena Park, Margate Park and Sheridan Park

Chicago’s West Side includes the following Community Areas And Neighborhoods:

Lower West Side

Includes Pilsen, Heart of Italy and Heart of Chicago

Near West Side

Includes the West Loop (previously called West Loop Gate), Fulton Market, Greektown, University Village / Little Italy, South Water Market, Illinois Medical District, Restaurant Row, Tri-Taylor and United Center Park

North Lawndale

Includes Lawndale, Homan Square and Douglas Park

South Lawndale

Includes Little Village

West Town

Includes East Village, Noble Square, Polish Downtown, Pulaski Park, Ukrainian Village and Wicker Park

Have a question about a Chicago side, community, neighborhood or zip code? We’re here to help! Call us at 312-5630-5300 or use the form: