|Chicago's Best Neighborhood 2014 Map from Chicago Magazine|
Chicago is famously a city of neighborhoods, each with its own charms and challenges. But which offer fewer of the latter and more of the former right now? Things like safe streets, decent schools, convenient transportation, solid housing values, plentiful restaurants and shops, and friendly neighbors?
Chicago set out to identify 12 of them, plus 12 towns in the six-county metro area with similarly stellar advantages.
And looky here, the "Near South Side" (aka the Sloop) was one of their 12 best neighborhoods. Chicago Magazine has this to stay about our hood:
People looking for diversity and a lightning-fast trip downtown will love this area just south of the Loop. It’s a land of condos, condos, condos (with a dash of townhouses). Mercifully, they don’t all look the same. For vintage loft conversions, search along Michigan, Wabash, Dearborn, and Indiana; for conventional condo towers, the lakefront; and for semi-detached housing, Dearborn Park, just south of historic Printers Row.Nice to see the Sloop held in high regard. Other neighborhoods include hip havens like West Town and Logan Square, venerable nabes like Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square and Chicago stallwarts like Hyde Park and Brideport.
(Hat tip: VC!)