The best places to live in Chigago

Chicago is a multicultural city with a variety of neighbourhoods to suit all kinds of expats. While there are many diverse areas and suburbs in Chicago to consider, the residential areas that expats will most likely be interested in lie largely to the north of the city.

Neighbourhoods in Chicago



Lakeview is a popular neighbourhood and is home to several different communities, including families and young professionals.

Those that enjoy sports will be pleased to know that the Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, is located here. It's also a buzzing nightlife destination with tons of restaurants and bars as well as live music venues and theatres.

Close to the banks of Lake Michigan, Lakeview also offers outdoor activities such as golfing, running and biking paths, and direct access to Lincoln Park. A tree-lined neighbourhood dotted with coffee shops and parks, Lakeview is a beautiful place to live.

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is a lively area located close to Downtown Chicago. Families with children of all ages live in this neighbourhood. Lots of expats choose this area because there are good public and private schools nearby.

Lincoln Park feels like a big garden in the middle of urban civilization and boasts zoos, beaches on the shore of Lake Michigan, as well as running and biking trails and lots of playgrounds. Those interested in exploring the area's nightlife can look forward to discovering everything from sophisticated cocktail lounges to laid-back dive bars.


Evanston is located to the north of Chicago and is the home of the private Northwestern University. The area attracts not only students but also families with children of all ages. It's a family-friendly residential neighbourhood with large, beautiful houses with gardens.

Logan Square

Logan Square is located midway between the O’Hare International Airport and Downtown. The population here is mostly composed of working-class people. There are diverse communities of foreigners. The area is also popular with students and artists.

Much of the population in this neighbourhood is attracted to it by the low rent. Most accommodation here is in the form of apartments.

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