East Side

East Side

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

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About East Side

A lot can happen in 50 years; at least, that's what Chicago's East Side neighborhood teaches us. Looking at it now, it might be hard to believe that it once was home to a bustling industrial port and steel mills on the banks of the Calumet River. These industries have certainly died down, leaving the East Side to redefine itself as a residential area with ample access to the great outdoors and to its neighbor, Indiana.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $124,000 to $274,999

Closed Prices: $55,000 to $360,000

Median Sale Price: $181,000

Average $ per sq ft: $193

Association Fee Ranges: $0

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

Age: 1885 to 1982

Sq. Ft.: 630 to 4375 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 2 to 5 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 3 Bathrooms

Getting Around East Side

Around East Side

The East Side is on the outskirts of Chicago, which means its residents have more room to spread out. That's why the majority of the neighborhood features the city's famous bungalow-style, single-family homes. Of course, not everything boasts this historic architectural style. You can also find newer builds from the 1980s and later, though most of these homes stand on the southeast side of the neighborhood.

As you’d expect in any big-city neighborhood, the East Side has plenty of variety within its culinary scene. The biggest player, though, is its authentic Mexican food, which may have something to do with the neighborhood's large population of people from this Latin American country. Check out 106th Street and Ewing Avenue to find Italian, pizza and classic American fare, too.

East Side's wealth of residential, single-family homes means you might see a bit less activity than a neighborhood where residents walk or catch public transit everywhere. There is, however, lots of natural beauty to take in. Bikers pedal along the lakeshore paths and hikers traipse through Eggers Woods, a nature preserve in the area.

The East Side will be notably quieter than downtown on any weekend evening, but the area's not completely vacant, either. You'll find plenty of neighborhood dives and pubs, as well as spaces where jazz musicians pluck strings and tickle the keys. If you're in the mood for a drive, you could also spend a Friday night at one of Indiana's nearby casinos.

A sunny Sunday will probably draw you to Eggers Grove Forest Preserve, referred to by the locals simply as "Eggers Woods." In a metropolis like Chicago, its pristine trees and glistening wetlands seem like a world away. Even sunnier Sundays might bring you to Calumet Beach instead, the neighborhood's own sandy stretch along the lakeshore. Its distance from the city means it's less crowded than the North Avenue Beaches of the world.

Locals Love

  • Access to Metra trains
  • Ample single-family homes
  • Peaceful nature reserves and beach
  • Quiet, residential lifestyle

Locals Don't Love

  • Distance from downtown
  • Lack of access to CTA trains
  • Quiet nightlife scene

Neighborhood Reviews

2 Reviews

Great neighborhood

Rafael R
Quiet neighborhood, great neighbors. Everyone keeps to themselves which , is awesome. Clean and quiet. People who live here , most have been here for years.

A great, family neighborhood!

Mayra R
The East Side is great for raising a family. There are parks, walking and biking trails, and a beach that are perfect for being active and having fun outdoors. This residential area is quiet and secluded from the bustling and noisey downtown area of Chicago. The private setting as well as spacious detached homes with private backyards make it a great place to live.
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