Why a Chicago Home is Perfect for Young Professionals

Chicago’s many neighborhoods each offer their own personality and environment for its residents—and that means there truly is something for everyone when you’re shopping for a Chicago home or Chicago condo.

Young professionals have much to choose from when looking for a Chicago home to fit their lifestyle. For those looking to build their careers, enjoy nearby nightlife, and meet other like-minded professionals, Chicago neighborhoods like Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, River North, and Bucktown/Wicker Park (among others) are a great place to start. Here are a few other reasons a young professional might be drawn to Chicago:

Communities: Whether you’re into art, nightlife, the beach, shopping or dining, there is a neighborhood for you—and many include all of the above within walking distance of your front door. In fact, Chicago real estate often even retains its value in these neighborhoods because of the accessibility to everything nearby. If you love architecture, Gold Coast will leave you enamored with its buildings; if you love running along the beachfront, a Lakeview home could put you right there. With so much to do, it’s also easy to meet others with the same interests and build your own network in your community.

Cost of living: A Chicago condo can offer a luxury lifestyle and plenty of space for a young professional without swallowing most of your income. Chicago real estate provides all the glamour, convenience and luxury of big-city living at a fraction of what it would cost in New York, San Francisco, D.C. or Los Angeles. Even Chicago’s finest luxury new construction homes cost less per square foot than the average apartment in Manhattan.

Proximity to downtown: The neighborhoods that draw many young professionals also put them close to downtown, either by car or Chicago’s transportation system. A short commute means more time to enjoy an after-work happy hour with your colleagues or play on the company softball team. A Chicago home that puts you downtown in just a few minutes means you have plenty of time to work hard and play hard.

Private clubs: Chicago offers a number of private clubs for anyone looking to share fine dining, business conversation, or to simply have a place to get away from it all. The cost to join these clubs varies, but many offer tremendous amenities and opportunities to associate with some of Chicago’s top business professionals.

Networking opportunities: If private clubs aren’t your thing, in Chicago you can likely find a group for just about anything you’re interested in. Young professionals networks, dog groups, book clubs, recreational sports teams are just a few of interests that have grouped like-minded folks together.

If you’d like to learn more about how young professionals can take advantage of everything a Chicago home has to offer, contact agent Sheldon Salnick at (312) 498-5080 or by email at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

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