Near South Side

Near South Side

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

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About Near South Side

With a mix of high-rise buildings, parks, museums, and performance venues, the Near South Side is a rich blend of the best Chicago has to offer. Just minutes away from the Loop, this neighborhood draws on the bustling energy of downtown while also providing the beauty and serenity that comes with being along the shore of Lake Michigan. Newcomers are sure to enjoy this melting pot of Chicago arts, entertainment, and industry.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $199,900 to $1,899,000

Closed Prices: $160,000 to $1,837,500

Median Sale Price: $390,000

Average $ per sq ft: $356

Association Fee Ranges: $0, $0 to $39099/mo

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

Age: 1889 to 2018

Sq. Ft.: 550 to 5336 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 4 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 6 Bathrooms

Getting Around Near South Side

Around Near South Side

The Near South Side offers a number of lofts, condos, and high-rises. Homes closer to the Loop and the lake are prime locations and will ask higher prices. While the quarters here may not have as much square feet per dollar as other neighborhoods, the many amenities, proximity to downtown, and access to public transportation help justify the premium price tag.

Many of the best restaurants are clustered around Michigan Avenue, which runs through the center of the neighborhood. Styles range from sushi to Italian to upscale American fare, providing a wide variety that is sure to please most patrons. Plenty of options cater to those stopping for a quick and cheap lunch as well as to those seeking a pricier sit­-down dinner. The unique architecture of the renovated buildings and complexes that house these eateries are sure to add a unique atmosphere to any meal.

The Near South Side hosts a diverse population of residents seeking proximity to the Loop. While not as densely populated as some other neighborhoods, the area does attract a number of professionals looking to set up camp within walking distance of the city’s business center. The area also attracts younger newcomers interested in the chic living spaces and numerous cultural and entertainment offerings found downtown.

The many bars and lounges near Michigan Avenue give night owls a great opportunity to indulge in a cosmopolitan-­styled evening of cocktails and relaxation. Those looking for a musical backdrop are sure to enjoy one of the area’s notable clubs, where tunes born out of the city’s deep-­rooted jazz tradition play well into the night. Fans of larger venues should check the schedule on nearby Northerly Island, where you can see a show at the large outdoor concert pavilion.

Spend the day learning about the natural sciences on the Museum Campus, where three of the city's most notable museums are located. The Field Museum offers an array of fossils and interactive exhibits that will appeal to adults and children alike. For a glimpse underwater, drop in on a show at the Shedd Aquarium. The Adler Planetarium offers snapshots of the stars as well as a famous view of Chicago’s skyline. During the fall, you might also root on the Bears from Soldier Field or a nearby bar.

Locals Love

  • Trips to museums
  • Nearby lakefront
  • Close to downtown

Locals Don't Love

  • Rush hour on Lake Shore Drive
  • Lack of parking
  • Crowds from Soldier Field

Neighborhood Reviews

1 Review

Growing, and fast!

Collin B
Near south side has been expanding at such a fast pace. The construction of the new DePaul stadium has spurred a lot of development in the area and started to bring new business further south. There are some real restaurant gems in Flo & Santos, Gioco, La Cantina and Vice City Brewery. Great area for younger couples who enjoy an active lifestyle - having the lake front path so close provides a lot of miles to run/bike, tailgating for Bears games and many other Soldier field events throughout the year.
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