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About Chatham

Chatham is a south side neighborhood that straddles the busy Dan Ryan Expressway. As Chicago, and in particular the south side, has evolved and changed throughout the past half a century, Chatham has been one constant and remains as one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in the area.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $22,900 to $369,906

Closed Prices: $17,500 to $400,000

Median Sale Price: $188,000

Average $ per sq ft: $135

Association Fee Ranges: $290, $0 to $400/mo, $0

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

Age: 1890 to 2006

Sq. Ft.: 500 to 8050 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 12 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 6 Bathrooms

Getting Around Chatham

Around Chatham

Chatham is mostly single-family units owing to its very middle-class history going back sixty years. The neighborhood still hosts traditional Chicago apartments for those looking to live on their own. There’s no single designated housing area in the neighborhood, but near Grand Crossing Park is a popular destination for those raising families.

Chatham has one of the most highly rated and original selections of restaurants this area of the city has to offer. It’s a great place for those looking to expand their palates and find new foods at comfortable prices. Chicken and fish restaurants are the most popular throughout the neighborhood but don’t ignore the African, vegetarian or Jamaican foods just a short drive away.

Chatham has long been home to many city employees which has given it a heavy middle-class influence. The area is largely populated by families and that is related to the high quality of schools in the area, including the well known Simeon Career Academy. Because there are so many long-time residents, not much has changed in Chatham over the years. However, the area welcomes people of all walks of life.

Chatham has a number of bars and clubs that are popular among locals and those living in bordering neighborhoods. Another option for a night out is live music at one of the few jazz-friendly lounges in the area. For those looking for a different crowd on their Friday nights, there's always a chance to catch a movie at the local theater.

Chatham is known for its friendly and tight community so many Sundays can be spent at organized community events like block parties and yard sales. Another option is the local branch of the Chicago Public Library for a quiet Sunday afternoon. If you're looking for some outdoors time, take a stroll through Grand Crossing Park, which has various recreational and leisure options.

Locals Love

  • Friendly neighborhood
  • Good schools
  • Low rent

Locals Don't Love

  • Lack of public transportation
  • Lack of variety in nightlife

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