Chicagoland Neighborhoods: Evanston

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Considered one of the best-kept secrets in the Chicago area, the city of Evanston attracts individuals looking for culture, elegance, and opportunity. Within Evanston, residents can find conveniently located shops, restaurants offering an array of foods, and a beautiful contrast of formative and 19th-century architecture. Evanston owes much of its growth to the Chicago & Milwaukee Railroad, which began making regular stops to Evanston in 1855. A short time later, the suburb underwent rapid growth when it became one of Chicago’s first streetcar regions.

Today, the accessibility of multiple transportation systems continues to make trips between Evanston and downtown Chicago convenient and easy. An important shopping stop for Chicago’s North Side and suburbs, Evanston boasts approximately 300 businesses in the downtown area alone. Other popular destinations include Central Street, which houses numerous specialty stores and restaurants; Main Street Station, a three-block hub of shops that includes the Evanston Public Library and luxury neighborhoods; Chicago Avenue; and Northwestern University. Residences in Evanston are as affordable as they are close to Chicago’s many career and leisure-time opportunities.

The Apartment People, one of the area’s best-known leasing and sales businesses, offers studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments starting at less than $800.

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Chicago Neighborhoods: South Loop

One of Chicago’s fastest growing areas in terms of economics and popularity, the South Loop enjoys nearness to the Loop, Chicago’s historic downtown commercial area. The South Loop is home to some of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, including Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum, as well as the expansive and scenic Grant Park, where many festivals centered on music and food are held during the warmer months. These events give residents and visitors even more wares to contemplate as they enjoy the South Loop’s shops and restaurants.

Many residents move to the South Loop to answer the region’s creative call, issued by Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute. Aspiring artists meet kindred spirits in both institutions’ qualified professors, who can help students’ inner creativity blossom and reach its full potential. Even with such historic, educational, and entertaining attractions, the plethora of transportation offerings may be the South Loop’s most appealing feature. Several local train lines stop in the South Loop, along with numerous buses. In fact, many South Loop residents can forgo automobiles due to the relative ease of making their way to most destinations via public transportation.

No matter the pursuits that bring a person to South Loop, one can find several housing options from which to choose. Prospective residents can pick from condominiums and lofts as well as single-family townhomes, all of which are located mere minutes away from the South Loop’s abundant businesses, restaurants, and educational districts.

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Apartment People – Passion for Community

Since its establishment in 1984, Apartment People has maintained a passionate commitment to contributing to its community. Today, Apartment People supports a variety of charitable organizations that range in mission from helping the homeless to fighting breast cancer. To learn more about some of the organizations to which Apartment People currently contributes, see below:

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (chicagohomeless.org) – The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless was founded in 1980 in order to combat rampant homelessness. Known for its tireless campaign to change public policy, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is home to the only legal aid staff in Illinois that exclusively serves the homeless. In addition to facilitating change at the policy level, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless also employs a more direct approach with programs designed to create affordable housing, facilitate outreach to families and individuals, empower women, and create job opportunities.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure (komen.org) – For nearly three decades, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure has offered unparalleled educational resources for those affected by breast cancer. Today recognized as a global leader for its contributions to breast cancer research, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure offers a number of opportunities for people to get involved, including donations, advocacy opportunities, and participation in various fundraisers.

Special Olympics International (specialolympics.org) – Founded in 1968, the Special Olympics has provided those with disabilities with unique opportunities to compete in sporting competitions with their peers. Initially created to explore the untapped potential of those with disabilities, the Special Olympics now serves as a method of personal empowerment for participants. Most importantly, the Special Olympics has created a worldwide community of advocates who work together to fight for change at both a policy level, a community level, and a personal level.

Rebuilding Together * Metro Chicago (rebuildingtogether-chi.com) – Dedicated to improving the living conditions of elderly, disabled, and low-income residents, Rebuilding Together * Metro Chicago (RT*MC) employs a mission of keeping residents “Warm, Safe, and Dry.” To meet this goal, RT*MC focuses on a variety of neighborhoods each year to complete home repair projects through its annual “National Rebuilding Day.” Attracting around 4,000 volunteers each year, National Rebuilding Day has made it possible for thousands of residents to reside safely in their homes.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (mdausa.org) – Most well-known for its annual Labor Day Telethon, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is committed to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy and other related diseases through a variety of programs. Funded by the generous donations of private contributors and corporate partners, the Muscular Dystrophy Association endeavors to provide health care, support services, and educational resources, in addition to extensive advocacy. Today, the MDA boasts over 200 offices throughout the United States.

Neighborhoods of Chicago: Wrigleyville

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Wrigleyville’s namesake is the home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, which occupies an entire square block in the neighborhood’s center. Although Wrigleyville is one of Chicago’s smallest neighborhoods, it possesses a distinctive culture and has more history than most other areas of the city. Chicago inhabitants come to Wrigleyville for its exciting nightlife, top-notch entertainment, and five-star dining experiences. During baseball season, Wrigleyville is one of the most exciting places to be in the entire city. Each game day, the entire neighborhood turns into a lively street party where inhabitants show their Chicago spirit and dedication to the Cubs. For individuals who enjoy a lively, fast-paced social life, Wrigleyville is the perfect neighborhood.
Due to the cheap cost of living compared to other areas of Chicago, Wrigleyville began as a working-class neighborhood. Wrigleyville also has also been a stronghold for Irish immigrants, evidenced by the numerous traditional Irish pubs still in operation today. In recent years, however, Wrigleyville has become a diverse part of the city, with students, new college graduates, and other young professionals making up a large part of its population. The neighborhood features traditional brick architecture, mostly low-rise apartments and studios. Some of the most interesting architectural elements of Wrigleyville are the bleachers on the roofs of many of the buildings surrounding Wrigley Field, which have long been used as additional seating for Cubs fans.

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