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Added Nov 28 2017

Hi friends...we are thinking about moving from over the river to south of the river....seems like a great - upcoming area. A new Marriott Marquis just went up, a Hilton is in process - and I hope that a grocery, walgreens, etc. are on their way.

Any hints or pointers those of you who live in the area can offer. We don't have a car....so, public transit, walking are our primary modes of getting around....

  • We live at Eastgate Village (25th and King Drive). Just on the south side of McCormick Center. If there’s anything available, you can get a 4 story townhouse for a very reasonable price. Upper $300’s-low $400’s. I’ve lived there since they were built in 2008. There’s 2 bus lines right there and the green line is within walking distance. There’s also an entrance to I-55/Lake Shore Drive right there which is really convenient. We’ve also walked to soldier field and White Sox park. I work in the loop and it takes me about 15 min to get to work in the mornings. They also finally picked a developer for the Michael Reese land earlier this year, so it’s only a matter of time before the area is really built up.

  • I moved here from Bucktown in 2002 and am happy I made this area my home. My condo is in the Stratford at South Commons. We sufferred mightily during the real-estate bust but have made great strides in recovering. Tremendous purchase value condos in a safe and responsible neighborly building. And incredible views. One half block west are the #4 and #1 buses; 2 blocks east is the #3. Easy and quick transit to the loop. Walking to the green line on Cermak has become a new option for some. At this point, I still travel slightly north to restaurants on South Michigan Ave: walk in summer, bus/ride share winter. But it's fast and easy. There is a Mariano's at Clark and 16th, Mariano's at MLK and 39th and a Mariano's north of Randolph-each can be reached with one bus. The one at 16th requires you to walk two blocks west. Otherwise you arrive at the front door- one bus. Both Trader Joe's and Jewel are located at Roosevelt and Wabash. We are not the hot area so this neighborhood south of Cermak remains affordable. And, most importantly, this is a friendly area. I think I live in the most diverse building in the City and it is a great thing. Good luck.

  • Hi Judy,

    I've lived in Lofts on the Row since 2009 and absolutely love the building and the area. I bought with the anticipation of neighborhood development and am really excited to see it finally happening. For me, this has been the perfect area, with immediate access to I55, 90/94, LSD, red line, green line and a plethora of busses running up and down Michigan and State streets. The short walk to the lakefront and Grant Park is a huge added bonus. For me, it would be difficult to find anything else as great as the unit I am in and the location I am at.

    Good luck with your search!


  • Judy Happy Chicago Resident!

    Thank you all for your thoughtful feedback! I took a walk around the neighborhood yesterday and am excited about the growth. I hope the community continues to grow!

  • We moved to 18th and Indiana about three years ago. We love the neighborhood and our neighbors. Everyone is super friendly and helpful. I have never had to wait long for the Michigan Ave buses. Just a heads-up, if you move within the Soldier Field/Wintrust event parking area, your friends with cars will need a special placard or else they will get ticketed. A temporary parking pass or paid parking is not enough. As for food options, the neighborhood is not as dense with restaurants as other neighborhoods, but I'm sure that will change with all of the development coming. I hope you like it as much as we do!

  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    Bronzeville is great. Moved here ten years ago and have been very happy with the decision. People are nice, location is top-notch, and you get so much more for your money.

  • Judy Happy Chicago Resident!

    Thank you all for your thoughtful responses....60616 here we come!

  • Hi Judy, my wife and I live in 60605 and work in 60616 often. We would be happy to help you find the right place to live. Please shoot me an email at marcus@marlenproperties.com so that we can help you accomplish your goal :)

  • IlliniNation All things ChiTown

    Also check out The Gap, 60616. Beautiful, historic homes in a landmark neighborhood, adjacent to the south loop/downtown/lake. Diverse community with a high "walk score".

  • Judy Happy Chicago Resident!

    Hi New Neighbors...thank you for all of your feedback over this last month - we are moving to 60616 - renting at Cermak and Michigan. It is still a developing area - so, shopping and services won't be out my back door as they are in Streeterville. Without a car, I just have to plan better.

    New Question....what ward are we in? I have seen reference to Ward 3and Ward 4 And are there community/civic activities that I can get involved in?

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