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|
|Average Household Income||$102,698||$122,561||$84,529||$109,494|
|% College Educated||73.1%||88%||60.5%||77.2%|
|Access to Higher Ed||1||1||3||1|
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