East Village

East Village

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

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About East Village

A heavily residential neighborhood bordered by popular shopping and dining avenues, East Village is the perfect combination of quiet neighborhood and bustling commercial district. Although a favored area for nightlife and dining, East Village is still a bit of a hidden gem. The neighborhood has a rich character and distinctive personality, partly because the local businesses have favored risk-taking over conformity.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $235,000 to $815,000

Closed Prices: $180,000 to $1,835,000

Median Sale Price: $565,000

Average $ per sq ft: $355

Association Fee Ranges: $0, $333 to $367/quarter, $0, $0 to $462/mo

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

Age: 1885 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 1885 to 2021 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 5 Bathrooms

Getting Around East Village

Around East Village

While there isn't an 'L' line running through the neighborhood, a Blue Line station is just across Division Avenue in Wicker Park, which is your easiest option for taking public transportation to the Downtown area. Much like everything else is East Village, the bus routes are along the perimeters of the neighborhood--you can travel east/west on Division Avenue and Chicago Avenue and north/south on Ashland Avenue and Damen Avenue. Since East Village is a relatively small neighborhood, it is easily walkable, but you will need a car to get to your office in the Loop or the newest pub in Logan Square unless you're jumping on the public transport train (figuratively and literally). Just outside the neighborhood limits, "Hipster Highway"--otherwise known as Milwaukee Avenue--cuts through Wicker Park and Noble Square. Grab a bike from the Divvy station on Augusta Boulevard and join the throng of cycling commuters making their way Downtown every day.

This heavily residential neighborhood features both new construction and timeless single-family homes, with a scattering of attached condos. As such, it maintains a median sales price that is on par with that of surrounding neighborhoods West Town, Wicker Park, and Ukrainian Village. Like in these, and in even pricier Northwest neighborhoods, residents pay a premium for the peace and quiet of their residential dominion without sacrificing relative proximity to the center of the city.

East Village is typical of Chicago's Northwest Side neighborhoods: single-family homes line the winding side streets, while condominiums above storefronts are the norm along the main avenues (Division, Ashland, Chicago, and Damen). Throughout the neighborhood are newer construction homes that have been split into separate condominium units. Although the nightlife can be raucous along Division Avenue, it tends to be quiet and serene when you get farther into the neighborhood. If you're seeking a more active area, the main avenues are the place to be.

East Village hosts an abundance of culinary options. The most diverse selection of establishments is along Division Avenue. Your choices range from high-end American fare to Irish pub cuisine to Asian restaurants. It's the kind of variety where you can have a bacon cheeseburger for dinner followed by a kale cocktail nightcap. East Village's southern border, Chicago Avenue, has great cafes and a lively restaurant scene that skews towards standard American bar fare like pizza and wings.

East Village is where young families, students, and professionals share the same block. Although an inclusive community, East Village is a neighborhood geared towards the hip and trendy over the more conservative elements one will find in the outer rings of the city. During a typical afternoon you're likely to see strollers, your neighbor's dog walker, tattoos, and scooters zooming past.

Catch a musical performance on Division Avenue or a gallery opening along Damen or Chicago Avenues. Have a quick bite at one of the several informal restaurants along Chicago or venture up to Division for a more upscale meal. Afterwards, bar hopping is as easy as just deciding what kind of establishment you're in the mood for, whether it's a dive bar, cocktail place, or sports bar to catch the game with friends. As the night reaches its peak, head out to the eastern part of Chicago Avenue where converted warehouses are now bustling night clubs.

Division and Chicago Avenues are perfect for brunch spots that range from the high end to the biscuits and gravy and a beer variety. Head out to Commercial Park or the Polonia Triangle to relax with a cup of coffee before checking out the new boutique shops along Division and the larger, more commercial stores along Ashland. On the way home enjoy a stroll through Greenhouse Garden.

Locals Love

  • Scenic Residential Area
  • Popular witn Native Chicagoans
  • Many Summer Patio Spots
  • Everchanging Restaurant Scene
  • Easy Access to Public Transportation

Locals Don't Love

  • Noise Spillover Near Division
  • Difficult Parking
  • Congested on Weekends

Neighborhood Reviews

2 Reviews

Spent 3 years in East Village and Loved it!

Todd W
I lived in East Village for three years in the mid-2000's and loved it! Being a block south of Division was so convenient for bars and restaurants and it was easy access to the Kennedy and the Blue Line. Over the years, so many new places have opened up and continue to make the neighborhood thrive.

Fantastic Area!

Patrick B
East Village is great because it's quiet but also convenient. You can walk to Wicker Park, you can take a bus or train to Logan Square, plus you're a short bus or train ride from Downtown.
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