One of the things that makes Chicago a fabulous city is that it truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a stay-at-home parent, a family of 20 or a family of 1, you will find plenty to do and make you feel at home.
For families with children, a Chicago home is a great fit. The hustle and bustle and big-city vibe may not be indicative of family-friendly living, but Chicago has an enormous amount to offer the little ones. Here are just a few:
Big city, small hoods: Neighborhoods like Lincoln Park and Lakeview are large in size, but have many tight-knit communities within them. It’s a great way for parents to meet other families, help children make friends and to build a network of neighbors that adds safety and security to your Chicago home. In addition, many of these neighborhoods are close to downtown but still maintain the feeling of a suburban neighborhood.
Affordable living: Parent who need to work in a metropolitan area often have to pay the cost. But Chicago real estate is remarkably more affordable than other major cities like New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. A family can live in much more space in a Chicago home or Chicago condo for the price they would pay for the same square footage in New York City. If Chicago parents are accustomed to luxury living, Chicago offers many family-friendly buildings that don’t compromise prestigious living for a family home.
Abundant attractions: There’s theater, museums, zoos, big-league and small-league sporting events and much more to keep a family occupied on the weekends. Plus, a Chicago home in one of the city’s denser neighborhoods will put plenty of kid-friendly (but still adult-interesting) leisure activities right outside your door.
Walker friendly: On a sunny day, you’ll pass many other stroller-pushers through the neighborhood of your Chicago home. Most Chicago neighborhoods are ideal for walkers, not to mention that a “walkable” neighborhood makes many everyday things more convenient, from errand-running to play dates.
Great schools: Several of Chicago’s private schools rank very highly in education and are accessible from Chicago’s family-oriented neighborhoods. Latin School of Chicago is only about a 10-minute drive from Lincoln Park. Parker School is in the heart of Lincoln Park. Several other well-ranked schools in Lakeview, Lincoln Park and other neighborhoods make it easy for busy parents to get their children from here to there.