If Chicagoans work and play in the Downtown area, then the Northwest is where they go to relax at the end of the day. Largely untouched by tourists and out-of-towners, the Northwest Side is where a lot of Chicagoans call home; while the area has plenty to recommend it, residents here generally operate at a slower pace than their Downtown-area counterparts. Generally lauded as family-friendly and community-oriented, this residential area boasts plenty of character and culture in its own right. The Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods are probably two of the better-known neighborhoods on this side of the city and host some of the area's most sought-after nightlife and shopping, while Logan Square's burgeoning culinary and bar scene is earning it a national reputation.
Those who seek a more explicitly residential experience have the humble neighborhoods of Avondale, Hermosa, and Irving Park at their fingertips, but that doesn't mean these areas lack exciting and head-turning attractions. Meanwhile, Portage Park and Albany Park are perfect options for those looking to own their own piece of Chicago's iconic architectural history.
In the far northwest corner of Chicago lies Edison Park, a tranquil, suburban-like neighborhood that prides itself on its family-friendly community and events. Nearby Edgebrook and Sauganash are also lauded as some of the most family-centric neighborhoods in Chicago with spacious single-family homes, parks aplenty, and highly rated school districts. All Northwest roads lead to either the Downtown area or the O'Hare neighborhood, known for its namesake international airport, making this area convenient for frequent travelers. Despite its reputation as a quieter area, the Northwest Side still packs plenty of surprises for both visitors and longtime residents alike.