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. And scroll down a bit more to see our Chicago Neighborhood Guide and Chicago Zip Code Guide; two more super easy ways to learn about Chicago and search for your dream home.

Chicago Central includes the following Community Areas And Neighborhoods:


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


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


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


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 River Market District, 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

The Right Home Begins With The Right Neighborhood

Here are two useful map resources to help you visualize Chicago’s neighborhoods and zip codes and make your home search super easy.

A colorful map of Chicago neighborhoods linking to a guide with information about each neighborhood and the latest real estate listings for sale and for rent

Chicago Neighborhood Guide

The Chicago Neighborhood Guide

It shows you just what you need to know to begin learning about the most talked about Chicago neighborhoods. First, with the Guide you’ll be able to visualize where the neighborhood is located on the Chicago map and see the north / south streets and the east /west avenues that correspond to the neighborhood.

Then click on the neighborhood you want and you’ll find detailed neighborhood information including current real estate listings for sale and rent, the latest real estate market statistics, this weekend’s open houses and much more.

We’ve taken the time to create for you this resource about each of the 45 Chicago city neighborhoods we serve. Our team is knowledgable primarily about these Chicago neighborhoods. If you are interested in a neighborhood you don’t see here, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page and just ask us about it! We will be happy to assist if we can.

Our goal with the Chicago Neighborhood Guide is to help you quickly zoom-in on your perfect neighborhood and home-sweet-home! Check out the property listings and see what you can get for your money. You’ll be surprised at the variety.

For most of us proximity to work is important so, in addition to information about neighborhood history, architecture, restaurants, bars, shopping etc., we’ve also included information about public transportation and major highway access to each neighborhood.

If you know the zip code where you will be working then our next resource might be even more helpful.

A colorful map of Chicago zip codes linking to current real estate listings for sale and for rent in each Chicago zip code

Chicago Zip Code Guide

The Chicago Zip Code Guide

If you already have an idea of the zip codes where you want to live, then try our Chicago Zip Code Guide and see the latest listings.

When you’re ready to take the next steps, Best Chicago Properties brokers really know the ins-and-outs of Chicago and can quickly help you find the neighborhood and home that meets your needs and makes you happy.

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: