West Town, Chicago, IL
West Town Real Estate
in most parts of Chicago, the vast majority of West Town homes
are condos or townhomes. You can browse through the MLS listings for
West Town homes at the links below:
Town condos and townhomes for sale
Town single family homes for sale
Town multi-unit buildings for sale
West Town Housing Market
After a brutal winter, spring, and summer in 2009 West Town's
inventory (2 - 3 bedrooms) had been declining substantially, with April
2010 levels much better than the previous
year. This improvement was clearly due to higher
activity from the tax credit. However, once the tax credit ended condo
skyrocketed above the previous year's level but has since recovered
substantially. For 2011 we are actually seeing better inventory
levels than many of the months in 2010 - especially June of course.
West Town condo inventory is slightly lower than the
Chicago neighborhood right now and it's lower than any October since
we've been tracking it.
most months of the year West Town market times hover around 120 days,
which is fairly typical of a Chicago neighborhood. And in the last 2
years the market times have been on a steady, gradual decline.
Chicago neighborhood area known as West Town is, like the Near West
immediately below it, home to a diverse assortment of neighborhoods.
With s on the north, Kinzie on the south, the Chicago River on the
east, and a meandering western boundary that goes as far as Kedzie,
West Town has plenty to offer, from the tranquil boulevards of Humboldt
Park to the teeming sidewalks of Wicker Park.
Town Real Estate
The map below shows the boundaries of West Town and the bordering
community areas. You can click on it for a larger version.
The map below shows some of the smaller
neighborhoods within West Town. You can click on a neighborhood to see the name.
View West Town Neighborhoods in a larger map
BucktownMost of Bucktown lies
within Logan Square. However, the bottom third between North Avenue and
Bloomingdale lies within West Town. See our Logan Square page for more information on Bucktown.
Of all the bohemian haunts on Chicago's north side, the
making up the northeastern part of West Town holds the distinction of
being the most artsy. Even more so than the adjacent locale of Bucktown
(which is only ambiguously set apart from its southern counterpart),
Wicker Park is a haven for artists,hipsters, and thinly disguised
dilettantes. Since the mid-eighties,this predominantly younger crowd
has been drawn to the affordable prices as well as the independent feel
of the place (including many small businesses and custom boutiques).
Yuppies and chain stores have gradually made their way into the mix,
but the unique, offbeat identity of this West Town neighborhood
remains. In addition to the numerous galleries and studio spaces,
Wicker Park has become a music destination, with venues such as the
famous Double Door hosting names big and small. An eclectic mix of bars
from rowdy beer halls to lounges spinning house music completes the
neighborhood's reputation as alate-night hangout. In terms of
residential options, Wicker Park contains the diversity that has become
the rule rather than the exception for trendy, up-and-coming
neighborhoods on Chicago's north side. Stone buildings constructed
shortly after the Great Fire are paired with new condominiums, and many
of the old houses have been split into two or three separate flats.
During the autumn and summer,Wicker Park shares several festivals with
like-minded Bucktown,including the Around the Coyote art fair as well
as a bargain-rife sidewalk sale in July.
Along with the proprietary name, ornate church spires styled
eastern European vein betray something of the history behind the
neighborhood known as Ukrainian Village. Originally settled by German
immigrants, the Ukrainian Village experienced an influx of Ukrainians
and Russians during the later part of the nineteenth century, an ethnic
presence that was cemented with the 1903 construction of Holy Trinity
Cathedral (which was partially funded by none other than Nicholas III
of Russia). Nowadays, hipsters,entrepreneurs, and young couples of all
backgrounds likely exceed veritable Ukrainians (not that we're
counting), but the area continues to maintain a communal atmosphere.
Houses old and new, two- to three-flats, and some sizable apartment
buildings sit along the tree-lined streets. In addition to its
residential allure, Ukrainian Village hosts a variety of small shops as
well as a thriving nightlife. Like Wicker Park immediately north, the
neighborhood has its share of dive bars and notable music venues.
Just east of Ukrainian Village (hence the name), this is the
home of Gary Lucido, the President of Lucid Realty. East Village
in the mix of Eastern European culture and newer residents (some of
them Wicker Park expatriates) that has come to characterize the area.
Despite the fact that it was once viewed as an extension of Ukrainian
Village, this neighborhood has a flavor all of its own. For example,
East Village is a bit denser than its western counterparts, in part due
to extensive new development and in part due to its historical
proximity to the El (now the Blue Line). The real estate is
varied,combining older homes, which dominate the
scenery, with many newer single family homes, many of which have
The small neighborhood just east of East Village,south of
Park, and north of the West Loop is often referred to as Noble Square.
The rough center of the neighborhood is a small park, Eckhart Park,
where Chicago Avenue and Noble Street intersect. Regarding
demographics, Noble Square is a sort of blend between Wicker Park and
the Ukrainian Village. Artists, immigrants, and young families looking
to flee the increasing gentrification of Wicker Park or get a bit
closer to downtown have settled here, with convenient access to the
Kennedy Expressway. Culinary establishments of all prices and
persuasions are packed into the small area, favoring the foodie over
Comparable to the Fulton River District on its southern
area sandwiched between the Kennedy Expressway and the Chicago River
has only recently become a residential haven for city dwellers. Once
dominated by the meat packing houses and wholesale operations, River
West has experienced a transformation as large warehouses have been
converted into loft space and soaring condos have popped up throughout
the area. At present, the neighborhood holds an eclectic blend of
people (mostly singles/non family households), from professionals
looking to get away - but not too far away - from the downtown scuttle
to artists and their loft-based galleries/studios. Residentially and
commercially (read: trendy eateries and posh bars),River West is a
neighborhood of some impressive growth.
The 207 acre park in the middle of this scenic neighborhood(on
west end of West Town) is one of the verdant"pearls" linking together
Chicago's numerous boulevards - and when it comes to picturesque
scenery, Humboldt Park is hard to beat. With a small river,a rose
garden, a perennial garden, and even its own lagoon, a blanket is all
one needs to soak in the sights (and a bit of sun as well). For the
more energetically minded - including but not limited to riotous
children - there's also plenty to do: the list consists of an outdoor
swimming pool, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, a field house with two
gyms, countless running paths, and several other amenities. This
spanning plot of green and the accompanying streets are complimented by
the architecture, which rarely rises above three stories. Typical
options include two-flat houses, brick bungalows, graystones, and a mix
of small apartment buildings. Denizens of the neighborhood appreciate
its quiet, relaxed feel. This peace and quiet is purchased somewhat at
the expense of a nightlife, but the area makes up for the dearth of
chic bars/clubs with its numerous cultural offerings. Chicago's Puerto
Rican neighborhood centers on the stretch of Division Street in
Humboldt Park colloquially referred to as "Paseo Boricua". Even if
slow-roasted pork and fried plantains doesn't prick your desire, the
annual Puerto Rican Festival is hard to pass up. Lasting six days with
not one but two parades, amusement park rides,and live music you can
dance to, this June celebration is one of Chicago's largest. In
comparison, the day-long festival in September known as Fiesta Boricua-
yet another tribute to Chicago's Puerto Rican population - may seem
small. The park itself is also home to numerous events.
Our Favorite Restaurants
- Set inside a restored 1947 dining car, this restaurant is a great
throwback to the elegant era of rail travel and provides a quiet dinner
environment. The food is great - especially the desserts - and the
prices are reasonable. After dinner you can stop off at The Matchbox,
which is a bar the size of a matchbox right next door and owned by the
visit this place which defies easy description. Basically it's an
all-natural version of Starbucks with a lot more space, more
activities, and a lot less pretension. In addition to coffee and
pastries they have free wi-fi, lots of tables to work at, sofas,
artwork, and friendly people.
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