Posted: 7/21/22 | July 21st, 2022
Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the United States, especially during summer when the weather and vibe of the city can’t be beat. The city just comes alive when the weather is nice as people, shaking off the bitterly cold winters, release all their pent up energy!
Chicago is famous for many things: the historic architecture, the dining scene is top-notch, Millennium Park, art museums, and, of course, the Cubs. You’ll be able to fill as much time as you have hear with a variety of activities.
But, while the city has tons of things to see and do (and plenty of cool hostels), one of the biggest questions you’ll have as you plan your trip is what area to stay in?
To help you answer that question, here is my breakdown of neighborhoods as well as suggested places to stay in each one.
But, before I get to that, here are some frequent questions I get asked about staying Chicago:
What’s the best neighborhood in Chicago for families?
Lincoln Park is a calm oasis and is also home to the free Lincoln Park Zoo, a small handful of museums, and beachfront territory.
What’s the best neighborhood in Chicago for history buffs?
The neighborhood Hyde Park, located on the Southside, is home to the University of Chicago and a lot of historic homes (including one designed by Frank Lloyd Wright).
What’s the best neighborhood in Chicago for art lovers?
The only place in the United States with more art galleries than River North is Manhattan. You could spend days and days here going on a gallery crawl.
What’s the best neighborhood in Chicago overall?
The Loop is the center of it all. You won’t get a very strong Chicago vibe, but if you’re here to see the major sights of the city, this is the best place to spend time in. Plus, it’s very walkable.
With those questions now answered, here is a more specific breakdown of each neighborhood — with suggested accommodation for each so you’ll know where to stay in Chicago.
Chicago Neighborhood Overview
The Loop is the center of the Chicago universe. Yes, it can be touristy but that’s because it’s also home to many of the city’s best attractions, including Millennium Park and the Chicago Institute of Art. The high-rise buildings give the area a very urban feel, and you can walk everywhere in the Loop too.
Best Places to Stay in the Loop
For those who dig gawking at art, River North is the place to be. The neighborhood has the highest concentration of galleries outside of Manhattan. Don’t miss the House of Blues if you’re a design and architecture fan. The interior was modeled after the Estates Theater in Prague — where Mozart conducted the premiere showing of his opera “Don Giovanni.” Other noteworthy stops include the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the Chicago Children’s Museum, and the Addington Gallery.
Best Places to Stay in River North
Boasting a plethora of parks, this northern family-friendly neighborhood is one of the city’s more affluent areas. It’s home to the Chicago History Museum and the Lincoln Park Zoo, North Avenue Beach, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The lush and landscaped Lincoln Park itself is also worth exploring, perfect for strolls and picnics alike.
Best Places to Stay in Lincoln Park
Lakeview is a large, sprawling district that is north of downtown, quite far from the center of Chicago. On the plus side, you’re in an extremely local neighborhood, one bursting with great restaurants, chill bars, and vintage shops. The sub-neighborhood Wrigleyville is also located here. This is where Wrigley Field is, home to the Chicago Cubs, and one of the best baseball stadiums on the planet in terms of ambiance.
Best Places to Stay in Lakeview
Home to the University of Chicago, leafy Hyde Park hugs up against the lake south of downtown. This pricey neighborhood is rich in history. Here you can gawk at a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house (Wright designed the Guggenheim in NYC), spend some time outdoors at the Midway Plaisance which was designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead (who gave us Central Park in New York), and see the homes of Louis Armstrong, Mohammed Ali, and Ida B. Wells.
Best Places to Stay in Hyde Park
Part of Chicago’s Lower West Side, Pilsen got its name from Czech immigrants who named it after the famous beer-brewing Bohemian town of Plzen. Today, this vibrant neighborhood is largely a Hispanic enclave with a large artistic bent. Sitting next to incredible Mexican restaurants are art galleries and funky boutiques (though accommodation is surprisingly limited).
Meanwhile, the adjacent Chinatown has an entirely different vibe, boasting amazing Asian eateries. Spend a few days in Pilsen and Chinatown and you’ll have a huge portion of the planet’s food cultures to indulge in.
Best Places to Stay in Pilsen and Chinatown
Chicago is a spread-out city so spending some time to figure out where to base yourself is important. I personally love to stay near the Loop or River North. I like the vibes of both. But, whatever you choose, thanks to great public transportation, you won’t be far from anywhere.
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