Downtown Chicago Real Estate and Community Information

Downtown Chicago Real Estate and Community Information

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Downtown Chicago, also referred to as Central Chicago, is the heart of the city’s business and entertainment districts offering extensive commercial, cultural, and residential options for area residents. Known primarily for its status as the nation’s second largest commercial district and as the home of The Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), Downtown Chicago also houses the Chicago Theatre District, City Hall, Grant Park, and the River North entertainment district.

Shopping and Dining.

Chicago’s shops are renowned around the world, and those in Downtown Chicago are no exception. State Street, the Loop’s most popular shopping destination, is home to numerous discount stores, unique shops, and one of the city’s grandest stores: Macy’s at State Street. A city landmark, the Macy’s building takes up an entire city block and is considered one of the largest department stores in the world. Trendy boutiques, classy gift shops, and eclectic home furnishing stores line the streets around Armitage Avenue in North Side between Old Town and Lincoln Park. And, of course, no one could forget the famous shopping districts of Near North Side: the Magnificent Mile and historic Navy Pier. Restaurants are scattered throughout the Downtown area, especially around the Theatre District, and include everything from sophisticated French fare and “high-class” prix fixe menus to cozy cafes and fast food. Local favorites: Emerald Loop, The Berghoff, Henri, The Palm, Stefani’s Tuscany Cafe, Cafecito, Everest Restaurant, The Gage, Heaven on Seven, and Miller’s Pub.

Parks and Recreation

Downtown Chicago’s largest outdoor attraction is the 319-acre waterfront Grant Park. An outdoor haven known affectionately as “Chicago’s front yard,” the park features the Buckingham Fountain, the Grant Park Symphony, and the Petrillo Bandshell. It is also home to just about every major outdoor event in the city, including Lollapalooza, various outdoor races, and the two-week-long annual Taste of Chicago festival. Millennium Park, which extends Grant Park into the old Illinois Central rail yards, is a recent addition and adds the Jay Pritzer Pavilion, the Crown Fountain, Cloud Gate, the 5-acre Lurie Garden, and various outdoor sculptures to Grant Park’s impressive list of amenities. Additional cultural and recreational venues in the area include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Harold Washington Library Center, the Goodman Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Chicago Cultural Center.


Real estate for sale in Downtown Chicago includes renovated lofts, trendy condos, new townhouses, and high-rise units with spectacular views of the Chicago River. The area is split into three distinct sections: the Loop, Near North Side, and Near South Side. Many people use “the Loop” to refer to the entire downtown area, but it actually applies to the area between the Chicago River to the west and north, Lake Michigan to the east, and Roosevelt Road to the south. Neighborhoods within the Loop include New Eastside, South Loop, and historic Printer’s Row. Home to the Magnificent Mile and the historic Navy Pier, Near North Side is most known for its affluence, historic townhouses, and tree-lined streets. Near North Side neighborhoods include Gold Coast, Old Town, Goose Island, River North, Streeterville, Magnificent Mile, and SoNo. The Near South Side is home to some of Chicago’s most famous and well-loved buildings and structures, including Solider Field, McCormick Place, and the Museum Campus. New apartment homes and condos are interspersed with renovated lofts and remodeled warehouses in this mixed-use and diverse area of Downtown Chicago.

Schools, Health, and Transportation

Residents of Downtown Chicago live amongst many of the country’s top schools and hospitals, including the highly rated South Loop Elementary School and the award-winning Jones College Prep High School. Located on South State Street, Jones College Prep is consistently ranked one of “America’s Best High Schools” by entities such as Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.

Downtown Chicago also is home to many of the city’s best colleges, universities, and seminaries, including The John Marshall Law School, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Harold Washington College, Adler School of Professional Psychology, DePaul University, Harrington College of Design, Trinity Christian College, Spertus Institute, and the Meadville Lombard Theological School.

The Loop’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the #1 ranked hospital in the state and is nationally recognized for 12 specialties, including oncology, cardiology and heart surgery, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and endocrinology. The state’s top-ranked children’s hospital, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, is also housed inside the Loop.

All of Chicago’s public transportation lines, including the various “L” train lines, converge inside the Loop. Thanks to the exceptional public transportation systems available in Downtown Chicago, owning a car in this area is entirely optional. Walking is also a favorite method of transportation, as many residents work, shop, and play within just a few miles of their homes.


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