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You'll be Surprised to Know Which Chicago Neighborhood Ranks as the 'Coolest in America'

Genius Turner
According to a recent survey, Chicago is home to the "coolest" neighborhood in the nation.(Michael Jastremski/Wikimedia Commons)

Time Out surveyed residents from around the world, and a Chicago neighborhood tops the list

Chicago, IL — New York City may have more skyscrapers. Los Angeles more glamour. But no city is as cool as Chicago!

No wonder Chicago's known as the "Windy City." After all, Michael Jordan breezed by defenders here . . . Oprah's show blew up the ratings here . . . and Obama first showed he was a breath of fresh air. Here.

For the above reasons, whenever I hear a Time Index survey voted a Chicago neighborhood the "coolest" in all of America and "the second coolest neighborhood in the world," I'm abruptly intrigued.

According to Time Out's editorial staff, after narrowing down a shortlist of neighborhoods based on thousands of reader responses, it was voting time.

The responses and voting were based on qualities ranging from "food and drink to nightlife and culture [...] factors like community spirit, resilience and sustainability, all qualities that make for a forward-thinking—and yes, cool — place to live, visit and hang out."

The survey concluded the coolest city in America is . . .


Andersonville ranks above all the nation's "coolest" neighborhoods. Above NYC's "SoHo" and "Harlem" . . .? Yes.

Above LA's "WeHo" and "Beverly Hills" . . .? Yes.

"Andersonville, Chicago," CNN says, "was celebrated for its eco-friendly composting program Clark Free Composts."

Andersonville's forward-looking approach to sustainability, such as the Clark Street Composts initiative, which "helps local businesses divert their food waste from landfills and just might serve as a template for city-wide composting in years to come," notably stands out.

In short, perhaps one of Chicago's nicknames "The Second City" now deserves an upgrade. "The Second City with the Second Coolest Neighborhood in the World" sounds about right.

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