4 great Chicago neighborhoods for families

Best Chicago neighborhood to raise a family


There are several reasons for young families to move: a new job, more space, a desirable school district, to be near family and so on. Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider not only the home, but also the neighborhood that is best suited for your family. And while every family has distinct desires and requirements, there are some pretty compelling reasons why young families gravitate towards these four Chicago neighborhoods. 

This South Side neighborhood is known for its historic architecture, vibrant community, and the Irish bars and eateries that line Western Avenue. Just 30 minutes south of the city’s center, this residential enclave’s tree-lined streets boast affordable single-family homes, often with enclosed yards perfect for letting little ones run carefree. Sutherland Elementary School is a highly rated public school, while residents also benefit from the presence of several well-regarded magnet schools. 

Top off a playdate at Dan Ryan Woods with a stop by the Original Rainbow Cone where parents and kids alike will marvel at the namesake “Rainbow Cone,” featuring five ice cream flavors precariously piled atop a wafer cone. New mom Mayra R. chose to raise her family in Beverly because “there is always something available for them to do. You can take them to the Beverly Arts Center for art and music classes or sign them up for fun summer camp activities.”

Edison Park
Hovering on the boundary between Chicago proper and the Northwest Suburbs, Edison Park is an ideal urban/suburban hybrid for young families. Featuring several parks, single-family homes, and a multitude of dining options along Avondale Avenue, Edison Park provides a serene environment for raising kids, while the Edison Park Metra connects parents to the rest of the city. Thanks to the neighborhood’s active Chamber of Commerce, after-school activities, youth programs, neighborhood festivals and events are plentiful. The neighborhood boasts two well-rated public schools, as well as access to renowned charter, magnet, and private schools. Longtime resident, Edward L. declares Edison Park  “Chicago’s best and safest neighborhood for families!”

This serene North Side neighborhood is home to spacious single-family residences and its fair share of historic architecture. A 20-minute drive down the Edens Expressway will carry you to your downtown office, while two nearby Metra stations offer expedient public transportation. Surrounded by greenery, and featuring its own expansive park, the Sauganash Trail, and the famed Sauganash Mural, this neighborhood invites you and your family to embrace the great outdoors. The area encompasses two well-regard schools and the Sauganash Community Association and Chamber of Commerce support a thriving business district, youth programming and community events. Residents laud the neighborhood as tightly knit and family-oriented.

For families looking to stay a little more central to the heart of the city, Bucktown maintains a harmonious balance between urban culture and suburban comfort. With everything from Target and chain restaurants to boutiques, craft beer bars and locally owned dining, Bucktown offers everyday conveniences, bars and eateries, and entertainment. While single-family homes are a little pricey in this neighborhood, the premium may be worthwhile for families looking for a home and a yard on a quiet side street, with the bustle of the city just a few blocks away. Meanwhile, attached homes and condo units offer more affordable options for starter homes. Bucktown residents have access to six public schools and several preparatory and magnet schools. Plenty of small parks are scattered throughout the neighborhood and the Bloomingdale Trail, a two-and-a-half-mile greenway, runs through the neighborhood and into the equally family-friendly neighborhood of Logan Square. From the local dining options to easy downtown commutes, Bucktown promises to provide for every member of the family.  

Neighborhoods.com is a full-service brokerage and an easy-to-use online real estate resource that helps people find the perfect home as well as the ideal neighborhood. When you’re looking for a place to live, you aren’t just picking out a house, you are also deciding who your children will play with and who you might become friends with. So while many people search for their dream home, we believe that the search begins by finding your dream neighborhood.

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Posted on March 12, 2018 at 1:24 PM