February 19, 2010, Newsletter Issue #206: Chicago Roommates have Many Neighborhood Options

Tip of the Week

Selecting a roommate is a very serious decision. Individuals must consider a wide variety of compatibility factors. However, Chicago roommates have some unique considerations. Specifically, they should consider the area in which they choose to live. This is important because the Chicago metro area offers a variety of neighborhoods for residents to consider. Each of these neighborhoods has a unique personality. Some of the neighborhoods roommates may wish to investigate further include Irving Park, Bucktown, Loop and Ravenswood.


The Irving Park neighborhood is ideal for those who are seeking larger lots and more areas of botanical interest. This neighborhood also offers a number of smaller shopping districts which feature delis, bakeries, pubs and retail stores. Housing options in this neighborhood include Victorian homes and multi-unit apartment complexes.


Bucktown is an excellent neighborhood for those seeking a more artsy environment. An annual art festival held in August in this neighborhood attracts 30,000 visitors. Bucktown also offers a variety of late night options, including trendy bars and clubs.


The Loop neighborhood is the business mecca of Chicago with prominent building such as  the Sears Tower, the Chicago Board of Trade and the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the County and State buildings residing in this neighborhood. The neighborhood is also the location of Taste of Chicago which is a two week culinary event attracting over 3 million revelers.


Ravenswood is a neighborhood which caters to a variety of different types of peoples. This area features a number of unique retail business as well as many trendy restaurants. However, it also includes beautiful Victorian homes and many parks making it a neighborhood that appeals to young singles as well as families.

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