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About Brainerd

NA bastion of Chicago's south side, Brainerd is a quiet residential area stretching out along 95th Street. Lined with homes and grassy lawns, it is an inviting area for those seeking a serene escape from the faraway bustle of the Loop. While this area has undergone struggles and economic transformations over the years, it remains a strong community with great potential for growth.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $92,000 to $355,000

Closed Prices: $37,500 to $399,900

Median Sale Price: $215,000

Average $ per sq ft: $146

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $150/mo, $0

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1885 to 2007

Sq. Ft.: 696 to 3632 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 2 to 7 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 4 Bathrooms

Around Brainerd

Small houses, ranch homes, and single-family dwellings are the norm in Brainerd, and the real estate prices are very reasonable and should be attractive to couples looking to settle down on a budget. There are a few empty lots in the neighborhood, but recent residential construction suggests the neighborhood's offerings for condominiums will be expanding in the near future.

As most of the space in Brainerd is dedicated to residential dwellings, you may have to hunt to find a good spot for dining out. Those who do, however, will be rewarded with a few hidden gems. The fan of American fare has some prime options here, satisfying those seeking sandwiches and cheesesteaks of all types. The comforts of fried food and a plump steak can also be found in some small and unassuming corner establishments.

Brainerd has strong roots in diverse cultures as well as a history of housing working-class immigrants, and these influences are still reflected in a proud and hardworking population with a strong sense of where it came from and, just as importantly, where it’s going. This tight-knit community has worked hard through the neighborhood's economic fluctuations and is the best reason to expect the area to keep trending upward.

Those looking for a raucous nightlife will want to go elsewhere; Brainerd is a quiet area and prefers its Friday nights to be peaceful. However, those who can appreciate a slower pace can enjoy an evening game from the stands at one of the local schools or wind down the week at one of the unassuming bars along Ashland Avenue or 95th St.

The vibrant community here is always eager to organize a neighborhood gathering, especially in Brainerd Park, a stretch of green that provides a great chance for children to play and adults to relax. It serves as an ideal landing ground for a picnic, whether it's a single family outing or a big bash that invites the entire block. There are also several stores along Ashland Avenue and 95th Street.

Locals Love

  • Quiet, safe area.
  • Low cost of living.
  • Brainerd Park activities and sports facilities.

Locals Don't Love

  • Lack of fine dining establishments.
  • Far from downtown.
  • Distance from Lake Michigan.

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