Chicago, Illinois, the Windy City, is home to 2.8 million residents. Its skyline is dominated by the second-tallest building in the United States, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). Not bad for a city that all but burned to the ground during the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world and shaped like a wedding cake, can be found in Chicagos "front yard," the sprawling Grant Park, which explains Chicagos motto, "Urbus en Horto," which means "City in a Garden."
The average sale price for a property in Chicago is $263,000 dollars, with one-bedroom properties going for an average of $240,000, two bedrooms averaging $284,000 and four bedrooms at $477,000. During June 2013, 8,900 home sale transactions took place. There is currently a 4.7 percent vacancy rate for apartments located in the Chicago metro area.
Chicago has teams in each of the four major sports leagues in America: The Chicago Cubs and the White Sox in Major League Baseball, the Chicago Bears in the National Football League, the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League, and the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association. Chicago is also in contention to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Take a walk around, and youll find that the streets of Chicago are filled with people wearing the colors of their favorite team. Chicagoans take their sports very seriously. The atmosphere at a Blackhawks game is intense; 20,000 people cheering for their team is a sound you wont forget. The teams in Chicago may not always win titles, but the fans are dogged, and their loyalty is immense. You wont find a town more dedicated to its sporting teams than Chicago.
You get four honest seasons in Chicago, with a rainy spring, cold and snowy winter, hot and humid summer, which can see temperatures of up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and an autumn that can be bright and pleasant or cold and rainy. The cool waters of Lake Michigan are known to send a moist breeze over the city, which can also bring in fog during the spring. This means that Chicago, particularly on the waterfront areas, is, on average, cooler than the rest of Illinois. Conversely, in the winter, temperatures are generally warmer along the shore.
As a general rule, Chicago can be divided into two parts, North and South. South Side is generally regarded as experiencing more violence and crime than North Side. In the north, several districts and neighborhoods are attractive for people looking to move to the city. There are also some areas in the south that are improving their image through urban renewal and regeneration.
Lincoln Park:Two miles from downtown Chicago, Lincoln Park has several good schools, which makes it an attractive draw to those with children or who are planning on starting a family. Lincoln Park is also on the shore of Lake Michigan, surrounded by parkland and close to the Lincoln Park Zoo. The leafy, residential streets in this area give the neighborhood a calm and secluded feel.
Evanston:Evanston is home to Northwestern University. As well as housing a large student population, Evanston has many large properties with ornate gardens and beautiful houses. Rent is somewhat lower here than the average on the North Side. Rent to own options are available in Evanston, making it a decent opportunity for those looking to get onto the property ladder in the near future.
Roscoe Village:Not far from Lakeview, the houses here tend to be large and secluded behind gates or trees. Many of the residents are retirees enjoying a quiet life. There isnt much to do here at night, but that means there is a lower crime rate than the average in this part of the city, and there is little noise pollution. The sense of peace and quiet is palpable in this neighborhood.
Lakeview:Lakeview is four miles from the loop and home to Wrigley Field, which hosts the Chicago Cubs. There is a great nightlife scene in the area around Wrigley Field. Lincoln Park is on the doorstep, and the leafy streets of Lakeview make this a particularly attractive place to live.
Logan Square:Logan Square is located on the west side of the city, towards OHare International Airport. Low rents have attracted students and artists. Much of the property here is gray stone apartment buildings, and rent is very low compared to many other neighborhoods in Chicago.
Hyde Park:The University of Chicago is based here, and students from all over the world settle in Hyde Park, making this the most diverse part of Chicago. The huge number of parks in the area, such as Washington Park, coupled with low rents for various types of housing, make Hyde Park a very attractive place to live. This is a progressive and vibrant part of the city.
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