Chicago seems to slow down the further you travel from its busy downtown. Beyond the normal tourist destinations of BoysTown, Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, and Southport are the more laid-back far north side lakefront communities. With sandy beaches, busy retail strips, and stately homes, this area might be best suited for a traveler looking for some urban rest and relaxation. The area does lack major chain hotels so prepare to do some searching in advance.
Uptown: Uptown’s mix of boutique shopping, stately mansions, Thai enclaves, beaches, and severely troubled blocks (all within walking distance of each other) makes this community difficult to explain, but amazing to experience.
Lincoln Square: This quiet community, once a destination for German immigrants, is now the destination for those looking for city excitement, but not the city challenges.
Edgewater: Chicago’s unofficial gay beach (Kathy Osterman Beach), the Andersonville shopping district, and a number of huge second-hand and antique malls can be found in this little lakeside community.
West Ridge: The largest community in the area, West Ridge is the home of a large Jewish community. Take a quick trip to West Devon Avenue (North Western Avenue to North California Avenue) for some of the best Indian cuisine offerings in the Midwest.
Rogers Park: Of all the neighborhoods of Chicago, Rogers Park may be the most eclectic. Along with its sandy beaches, award winning theatres, and quiet neighborhoods bars, one can find a Hindu temple on the same block as a Catholic church and a high-end wine store owned by a transgendered women and her husband.
Go if you like:
-Quiet, walkable neighborhood
-Neighborhood shopping and theatre
-Detroit: 275 miles/4h 13m
-Milwaukee: 100 miles/1h 51m
-Quad Cities: 181 miles/2h 53m
-St. Louis: 298 miles/4h 31m
-Indianapolis: 175 miles/2h 54m
Also serviced by:
-Air (Chicago Midway International Airport, O'Hare International Airport)
-Amtrak (Chicago-Union Station)