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4 of the Best Places to Hang Your Hat in Chicago

Jennifer Brown Banks

Contrary to media reports and common myths, Chicago is not a city that is totally characterized by rampant gun violence and crime. Or corrupt politicians and crappy weather.

Perish the thought.

Despite its challenges and downfalls, "Chi-Town" is actually a city of beautiful architecture, bodacious restaurants, vibrant communities, and fun things to do on a regular basis.

In fact, much like a Charles Dickens' novel it's a "Tale of Two Cities"; depending upon where you go.

Not convinced? Consider the lyrics of a popular song of former decades by Frank Sinatra:

"Chicago is
My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of razzmatazz
And it has all that jazz
And each time I leave, Chicago is
Tuggin' my sleeve, Chicago is
The Wrigley Building, Chicago is
The Union Stockyard, Chicago is
One town that won't let you down
It's my kind of town..."

So whether you are considering moving here for employment opportunities, or are already rooted here, but are in search of the best areas to optimize your quality of life, read on and take notes.



The Beverly area has much to offer. From beautiful homes, to mixed neighborhoods, to an array of fun activities and events. According to, " Unlike neighborhoods closer to the city center, Beverly started as a suburban development with expansive lots. The neighborhood’s Longwood Drive historic district offers a range of stunning Italianate, Carpenter Gothic, Queen Anne, and Prairie School houses—most built between 1890 and 1930.

Beverly has one of the highest rates of homeownership in Chicago—76 percent of people own their homes—so buyers looking to cultivate community will be in good company."

Venues to visit: Beverly Library, Top Notch Burgers, The Original Rainbow Cone.


To give some indication of how impressive this area truly is, consider that former president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama once lived here. I love the vibe of Hyde Park and the eclectic mix. shares that "this spot has a population of 27,482. and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Hyde Park offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Hyde Park there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Hyde Park and residents tend to be liberal."


Bronzeville boasts historic architecture, a rich arts scene, an array of amenities and affordable homes. reports that: "Chicago is a city with a proud history made even more fascinating by the entirely distinct legacies born from its various neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods are known for the historic architecture and others for the people who once walked their streets. Bronzeville has both." 


Wicker Park offers great parks, places to shop til you drop, activities for kids and access to the 606, a well-manicured raised bike path the unfolds across the city. It's a solid spot to put down roots for you and your family.

This ends my navigation of the windy city today.

For a broader lens of this populous city, here are a few additional fun facts provided by

  • In 1937, Chicago became the first city to establish a blood bank in the United States. Blood banks allowed doctors to store and examine donated blood – an important and lifesaving development for medicine. Hospitals around the States opened their own blood banks soon after.
  • Visitors gather from all around the world to indulge in local fare at the city’s largest outdoor food festival: The Taste of Chicago. For five days in July, visitors can partake in not just food, but music performances by local artists and celebrities, including Carlos Santana and Kenny Rogers.
  • Daniel Hale Williams was one of the first black physicians in the city. By 1883, he graduated with a degree in medicine from Northwestern University. In addition to this noteworthy accomplishment, he performed the nation’s first open-heart surgery in Chicago at Provident Hospital in 1893. Thanks to Dr. Williams’ operation, the recipient of the surgery, a man who was stabbed close to the heart, was able to fully recover in two months.

"My kind of town, Chicago is!"

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