Andersonville

Overview

This historic Swedish neighborhood brings a unique and enviable culture to the North Side, from its locally owned shops and restaurants to its quaint and affordable housing. Home to a variety of options from condos to brownstones, Andersonville tends to attract many types. If you're seeking a quiet pocket within a big, bustling city, Andersonville may be for you.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$165,500 to $1,500,000
  • Closed Prices:$102,000 to $1,687,000
  • Median Sale Price:$374,950
  • Average $ per sq ft:$279
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0,$79 to $611/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1876 to 2018
  • Sq. Ft.:425 to 6,000Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:1 to 7Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 5Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes: - 1 acres

Homes

Andersonville is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. This area includes a combination of new residences and homes dating back to 1896.

Price Vibes

The neighborhood long enjoyed a reputation as affordable, but as the word got out about Andersonville's many charms, prices have risen as buyers renovate the neighborhood's three-flats into luxurious single-family homes. Historic homes in Andersonville's Lakewood Balmoral Historic District typically command the highest prices. You can still find a single-family home for less you would in Lincoln Park, though. Condos in older buildings offer a more affordable option. Some newer condo and townhome developments asking higher prices are available on and around Clark Street.

Where to Live

Living closer to the commercial district on Clark Street will have you right in the thick of neighborhood activity, from festivals to just your average Saturday night out. For a quieter experience, residents can head a bit closer to the lakefront, or west of Clark.

Where to Eat

Andersonville is known for its lack of chain restaurants, giving the area a more distinct feel. The main strip of restaurants is located on Clark Street, with everything available from traditional Swedish cuisine to trendier bars and brew houses. Hamburger Mary's is a neighborhood staple, known for its kitschy ambiance and delicious food.

What You'll See

Expect to see many independently owned specialty shops frequented by locals. Don't expect to see crazy crowds of bar-hoppers, but you can expect a long wait at the popular brunch spots.

Friday Night Fun

Andersonville isn't necessarily the place for heavy partying, but the many bars dotting Clark Street have a friendly neighborhood feel that makes for a fun night. Head to a craft beer house for dinner and drinks with friends, followed by a show at the theater at Hamburger Mary's. Thanks to the community's Swedish history, a few dive bars even serve “glogg” in the winter, a traditional mulled wine.

The Perfect Sunday

Head to M. Henry for some of the best brunch on the North Side, then go for a stroll through the commercial district in search of eccentric shopping finds. Check out the city's most famous feminist bookstore, Women & Children First, or experience authentic Swedish cuisine at any number of nearby bakeries.

Transportation Options

The Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stops on the Red Line of the CTA 'L' train serve Andersonville, offering an easy commute to the Loop. CTA bus lines serving the neighborhood include Clark Street, Foster Avenue, Broadway Street, and Ashland Avenue buses. Additionally, the neighborhood has several Divvy stations, proximity to the Ravenswood Metra station, and access to the Lakefront bike trail for a more adventurous commute. Traffic in the area is generally light, even along Clark Street, but can be somewhat congested during rush hour.

Locals Love

It’s easier to have a car here • The locally owned shops • The neighborhood history • The unique, non-chain restaurants.

Locals Don't Love

Far proximity from CTA train lines • Pricier local food and shopping.

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"Highly walkable neighborhood with few chains "

You can pretty much get anything you need in Andersonville. The main drag of shops on N. Clark Street sell both practical things (there's a supermarket and several smaller markets) and impractical (fancy dog sweaters). There's also coffee shops, bakeries, and several ethnic restaurants.
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"The Neighborhood to Watch!!"

Talk about Value! This neighborhood has been a secret favorite of Chicagoans for many years, and now that it was voted 7th hottest neighborhood in the nation by Redfin in 2015, the secret is out! Residents and renters alike love all things Andersonville.
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