The View from Madison and State: Treasures North, South, and West in the City of Broad Shoulders
Chicago offers residents a wonderful balance between its huge geographic scale and its intimate and unique neighborhoods. Chicagoans love their city for its walkable destinations and human-scale surroundings. Taking the car is one of many options, but not the only choice. Chicagoans love the many local shopping options and the convenient public transportation system. They love the flat geography and well-maintained bike lanes that make biking anywhere an easy and healthy alternative. Chicago offers pleasant, family-friendly neighborhoods in a place where you can leave the car in the garage most of the time.
Living in Chicago makes more sense today than ever, and Irpino Real Estate Group’s fun and friendly boutique approach will help you find the home of your dreams in Chicago. Buying property in the city and surrounding suburbs is an excellent investment in a strongly rooted future. With its diversity of people, history, architecture, and cultural treasures, Chicago is truly a world-class city with endless entertainment, employment, and educational options.
Take the iconic skyline, for example. Chicago is a city of many firsts, and the cradle of the modern skyscraper. Chicagoans are proud of the many remarkable buildings that make up its bustling Loop: The Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), the new Trump International Hotel and Tower, the Aon Center, the John Hancock Center, the AT&T Corporate Center, Two Prudential Plaza, The Legacy at Millennium Park.
Many of these buildings are stunning and innovative examples of American architecture, such as the Smurfit-Stone Building, the Chicago Temple Building, the gothic Wrigley Building and its sister Tribune Tower, and of course, Marina City, twin condominium towers on the banks of the Chicago River that look like two corn cobs, a tribute to the Great American Bread Basket.
But the Loop is not all office towers and retail shopping centers. Our theater scene rivals Broadway, and our opera and symphony companies are among the best in the world. Many people make the Loop their home. Chicago’s downtown condominiums are all prime addresses, many with stunning views of Lake Michigan and the vast urban landscape that sparkles night and day.
Around the clock, Chicago’s streets are alive with activity—thousands of office workers, residents, and tourists flock to the Loop to work and play. And the bustling heart of Chicago is an excellent place to begin our tour of Chicago’s treasures.
Museums, Parks, and the Monsters of the Midway in Chicago’s Front Yard
Grant Park is the luscious garden that separates the crowded Loop from the blue waters of Lake Michigan and is the city’s beloved front yard, home to the world famous Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, the picture-postcard Buckingham Fountain, and the classical buildings of the Museum campus. There you can marvel at the wonders of the universe at the Adler Planetarium, watch sea creatures languidly play at the Shedd Aquarium, and study dinosaur fossils at the Field Museum of Natural History. And on certain Sundays in autumn, the Chicago Bears thrill throngs of orange-and-blue clad fans at Soldier Field.
Nobel Laureates, Nuclear Reactions, and the Home of the Blues
Chicago’s South Side is perhaps the city’s most famous region, encompassing dozens of unique and diverse neighborhoods and tons of fascinating history. The Union Stock Yards once dominated the area, where cattle from all over the Midwest was processed, packaged, and shipped to America’s dinner table.
The cattle cars are gone for good, but the University of Chicago, where the world’s first nuclear reaction was initiated at “Chicago Pile-1” in 1942, still turns out Nobel laureates in numbers greater than any university in the world, its ivy-covered buildings defining the Hyde Park neighborhood. President Barack Obama’s home away from the White House is nearby, which is why he gave his victory speech to euphoric crowds in Grant Park on Election Night 2008.
Not far from Hyde Park is the site of another first, the Midway, where millions of people came to see the World Fair in 1896. The Museum of Science and Industry occupies one of the few remaining buildings from that famous exposition, its classical columns housing fascinating exhibits and displays of human knowledge and achievement that delight, entertain, and educate.
The South Side swings to its own funky beat. This is where Chess Studios once stood and masters like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sang the Blues. The South Side is home to a proud African-American culture, including Bronzeville and Washington Park.
But other cultures thrive and commingle here, too. Chicago’s Chinatown is a popular tourist and dining destination, and the Bridgeport neighborhood, home to many mayors, is still the center of Irish-American culture in Chicago.
Just to the east of Bridgeport, the Chicago White Sox play their home games at the spacious and modern U.S. Cellular Field. South Siders take great pride in the Sox 2005 World Series victory and crowd the ballpark every summer hoping for another run at the title.
The World Calls the North Side Home
Stretching north from the mouth of the Chicago River at Navy Pier, the popular North Side is home to some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the USA. Few other cities prove the power of the Melting Pot quite like Chicago’s North Side does, where the business signs are written in over a dozen languages, from Spanish to Polish to Korean to Arabic.
A walk down Devon Avenue reveals this wonderful mix of cultures: fine Indian cuisine and fashions beside kosher delis and Mexican taquerias, people crowding the sidewalks speaking different languages, all of them coming together to make Chicago’s North Side uniquely American.
Looking for more contemporary shopping and entertainment choices? Take a walk down Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, where retail giants and chic boutiques delight shoppers from all over the world. If it’s for sale in New York, Los Angeles, or Paris, it’s available on Michigan Avenue.
Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods are sources of pride for local residents, each with its own unique characteristics and tempos: Little Delhi in West Ridge, Little Saigon in Edgewater, the classic Chicago bungalows of Mayfair and Jefferson Park, the classic three-flats of Logan Square, the bohemian vibe on Belmont Avenue in Lakeview, the beautiful Victorian mansions of Uptown, and the spacious modern condominiums of Wicker Park and Bucktown.
And of course the baseball-crazy, pennant-starved Cubs fans in Wrigleyville. Nestled within the confines of a single city block, Wrigley Field is a living museum of the way baseball used to be: close, intimate, and personal. It’s a testament to Chicago’s status as America’s number one sports town; nowhere else would loyal fans keep coming back even after a century without a championship.
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Chicagoans have so many entertainment options and so many diverse lifestyle choices that it’s easy to believe us when we say that Chicago is the best city in the world.
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