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Old 08-20-2010, 08:27 AM
 
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I'm moving to Chicago at the end of September and I'm looking to figure out what the main streets are in a few of the neighborhoods that we are interested in. I'm looking for the largest main street in the area with shopping, restaurants, etc. I am trying to get an idea of where apartments are located in relation to the areas that people would be hanging out.

Wicker Park
Lakeview
Lincoln Park
River North
Streetersville
Wrigleyville
Bucktown

Thanks for any help you can offer. Sorry in advance if this topic was mentioned elsewhere.. but I didn't see a list.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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Most of these neighborhoods don't really have one main street, but several. Some other streets may qualify as well in addition to these:

Wicker Park - North, Milwaukee, Damen, Division
Lakeview - Broadway, Clark, Halsted, Southport
Lincoln Park - Halsted, Clark
River North - Michigan has most shopping, but almost all streets have a lot of stuff
Streeterville - Michigan, Ohio & Ontario west of Fairbanks, Illinois east of Fairbanks
Wrigleyville - Clark, Addison
Bucktown - Milwaukee, North, Damen
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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Thank you very much for the information--this is exactly what i was looking for. It will definitely help with the apartment search and will let me line up a bunch of viewings before heading into Chicago.

Thanks again!!
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Lincoln Park - Halsted, Clark
Also Lincoln, Armitage (between Racine and Halsted), and Clybourn (kind of).
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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Wicker Park - North, Milwaukee, Division {strike Damen; it's residential south of Wicker Park}
Lakeview - Broadway, Clark, Halsted, Southport, Belmont
Lincoln Park - Halsted north of Armitage, Clark, Armitage around "L", Clybourn, Wells (in SE corner)
River North - Michigan has most shopping, but almost all streets have a lot of stuff particularly Rush, State, Clark, Wells
Streeterville - Michigan, Ohio & Ontario west of Fairbanks, Illinois east of Fairbanks
Wrigleyville - Clark, Addison (this is a subarea of Lakeview)
Bucktown - Milwaukee, North, Damen
There are also, of course, great destination businesses that are located elsewhere within these neighborhoods, and even random block-long "main streets" that seemingly appear out of nowhere. (Webster & Racine or Cortland & Paulina come to mind.)

If you need a map version, look for the highlighted streets on the maps in this guide:
Chicago guides west north
or pick up a Moon Metro guidebook to Chicago, which highlights the most active streets.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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To take this post a little further--I think we've narrowed our search down..

What are the main bar scenes in the following neighborhoods? What streets / intersections do they exist on?

Lincoln Park
Old Town
Gold Coast
River North

Thanks!
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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Lincoln Park - Halsted, Clark
LP is bigger than this. There's a lot to do on Armitage, Lincoln, Fullerton, Clybourn, etc...
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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One of the things I like to do is put in the address of an apartment you're interested in into Google maps and serach nearby for things that interest you -- restaurants, bars etc. That'll give you a pretty good idea of walkability.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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To take this post a little further--I think we've narrowed our search down..

What are the main bar scenes in the following neighborhoods? What streets / intersections do they exist on?

Lincoln Park
Old Town
Gold Coast
River North

Thanks!
1) Lincoln Park bars are bad, stay away, unless you want to see a show at Lincoln Hall, great live music venue.

2) Old Town has some good bars, but I'm not overly familiar with that area. I do like the Old Town Ale House on North ave, though.

3) No Idea abt Gold Coast.

4) River North is kind of glossy, touristy bars and a lot of nightclubs. I don't go there much. I used to go to Martini Ranch once in a blue moon.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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1. Lincoln Park has great bars, if you are into the college and post college scene. It tends be a 21-26 crowd.

2. Old Town has decent bars, tends to be older, middle aged people. Also a lot of restaurant bars.

3. Gold Coast has good bars, it is known as the Viagra Triangle. Older men and younger women.

4. River North is very touristy and has a lot of nightclubs. The bars are the top of the line, lots of transplants also. Martini Ranch is one of the more well known bars in River North. Hubbard Street is a huge River North hotspot.

If anyone has other experiences, please add them as my experience might not be what anyone else has found.
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