These are Chicago’s 4 coolest neighborhoods

by Peter Thomas Ricci


Where are the coolest neighborhoods in the U.S.? And are any of them located in Chicago?

Real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield set out to locate those neighborhoods with its “Cool Streets Report,” and four Chicago areas – Wicker Park, Fulton District, Logan Square, and Bucktown/Damen Avenue – made the cut.

Surveying hundreds of real estate professionals throughout the country, Cushman & Wakefield rated neighborhoods with several factors, including: the area’s Millennial population; its level of college education; its walkability; its diversity; and the food, music, and arts scene.

Most importantly, the survey also rated the neighborhoods on a scale of coolness – Wicker Park and and Bucktown/Damen Avenue are both “still cool, but going mainstream,” while Fulton District is “up and coming, the next big thing,” and Logan Square is in a state of “prime hipness.”

Here is a detailed chart on the survey’s rankings for Chicago’s neighborhoods; note that amenities are rated on a scale of one to four, with four being the highest.

Neighborhood Features Wicker Park Fulton District Logan Square Bucktown/Damen Avenue
Total Population 214757 225515 255132 257193
Average Household Income $102,698 $122,561 $84,529 $109,494
% College Educated 73.1% 88% 60.5% 77.2%
% Millennials 39.5% 43.1% 34.3% 42.7%
% Renters 58% 51.9% 58% 58.4%
Walkability 4 4 4 4
Bicycle Friendly 4 4 3 3
Public Transit 3 4 2 3
Diversity 4 2 3 4
Access to Higher Ed 1 1 3 1
Restaurants 4 4 4 4
Nightlife 4 4 4 4
Music Venues 4 2 4 4
Art Scene 4 2 4 4
Vintage/Thrift 2 1 3 2

Photo Credit: Thshriver, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Milwaukee_Avenue_District_5.JPG

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  • Marta says:

    Don’t agree. They’re all hipster neghborhoods, with pretty high crime and gangs. Not very family friendly. I think you forgot about Linciln Square, North Center, Andersonville and Rogers Park

  • Norma says:

    Cushman & Wakefield “rated” these neighborhoods leaving out certain important facts. First, these areas are still “high-crime areas” and second, at least 2 of the four are still occupied and controlled by well known Gangs. Those factual “stats” should be added to the “chart for survey rankings” for “cool streets” as well.

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