Edgewater

Overview

Edgewater was once known as a summer getaway for Chicago's financial elite. Today it is a lakefront neighborhood that still boasts some of the same amenities from all those years ago. Edgewater is known in particular for its long stretches of beach, high-rise apartment buildings, and historic Andersonville neighborhood. It's a quiet, family area with tight-knit neighbors looking for an escape from a bustling city.

Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$85,000 to $1,275,000
  • Closed Prices:$67,000 to $1,687,000
  • Median Sale Price:$230,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$210
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0,$0 to $46253/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.:361 to 9,778Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 7Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 7Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:0 - 5+ acres

Homes

Homes in this area come in a wide range of prices, styles, and sizes.

Price Vibes

Edgewater residents can enjoy the culture of nearby Andersonville without paying the premium for housing. With a median home price comparable to that Buena Park and Uptown, Edgewater offers affordable options for most budgets. While the single-family homes will give you more space and a yard, they run at a higher price point. On the opposite side, there are various mid- and high-rise condo buildings that offer more accessible housing options, as well as some more luxurious ones.

Where to Live

The most notable places to live in Edgewater are the string of apartment complexes and condominiums up and down the beachfront. This stretch is notable for its high to mid-rise apartment complexes that stick out among other neighborhoods. Most of Edgewater's residences are located in this area. More inland the more traditional, and sometimes less expensive, Chicago houses and apartments can be found.

Where to Eat

Edgewater boasts a wide range of restaurants from all different corners of the globe. The most popular area to grab a bite is along North Broadway where the beach is just a quick walk away. Here you can dine on anything from Vietnamese, Ethiopian, and Thai to more traditional options like pizza and hamburgers. North Clark is also a bustling area for diverse restaurants where you can have Swedish brunch or let your mouth take a trip as far as the Mediterranean.

What You'll See

Much like its restaurants, Edgewater has a very diverse group of residents. Parts of Loyola University's main campus is located in Edgewater as well as bordering Rogers Park which calls for a large student population. Despite its physical distance from the Loop, red line access makes trips downtown easy which has helped bring a large influx of young professionals to the neighborhood over the past few decades. Most of all, Edgewater is considered one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago to raise a family.

Friday Night Fun

Edgewater is a very bar heavy area for Friday nights. Anything from a low key bar with a great beer selection, to holes-in-the-wall and lounges. If you're looking for something other than beer there's a host of wine and martini bars in the area as well. If you want a more low key night out check out some of many relaxing cafes in the neighborhood.

The Perfect Sunday

Sundays in Edgewater offer a wide variety of options. A favorite among locals when the weather's nice is a trip to the various beaches along Lake Michigan. There's a lot of restaurant and brunch options just a walk away from the beach once you've gotten enough sun. During the winter, head to Andersonville for some world class shopping, or take a trip to Edgewater's homely farmers market and Swedish American Museum.

Transportation Options

Being on the northernmost side of Chicago, Edgewater is the endpoint for the famed Lake Shore Drive that will take you south to Downtown and even further to the South Side. There are also four different Red Line stations that run north/south, as well as multiple bus routes that weave throughout the area. Being this far north, driving is relatively common and can be convenient for navigating the rest of the North Side. And in case you're training for a marathon, the Lakefront Trail originates in Edgewater and will carry you 18 miles down to the South Shore neighborhood.

Locals Love

Friendly environment • Extremely walkable • Easy access to public transportation.

Locals Don't Love

Lack of nightlife • Difficult to find parking • Crowded commercial areas.

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