These Are the Best Chicago Neighborhoods for Professionals

best neighborhoods in Chicago for young professionals

With its vibrant culture, endless array of restaurants and bars, top-notch nightlife, and so much more, it’s no wonder the Windy City is a popular area for people beginning their careers. If you aren’t a local to Chicago, picking which neighborhood to call home can be confusing. We can help point you in the right direction. These are the best Chicago neighborhoods for professionals.

best neighborhoods in Chicago for young professionals

River North

As the go-to neighborhood for nightlife in the city, River North is the hottest area for professionals in Chicago. This is the place to be if you want to experience luxury apartment living with unparalleled city views. From music venues to restaurants to bars and more, you’ll never run out of options for dining, partying, and entertainment here. And as a cultural hub with tons of art galleries and green spaces to explore, you’ll have plenty to do during the day, too.

Plan to take your pup for a walk along the Chicago River at Ward A. Montgomery Park before grabbing lunch. Check out the Chicago Skyline at Navy Pier. Or, head to the Magnificent Mile for some shopping: It’s all just steps away in River North. If you’re ready for the ultimate neighborhood of work and play, River North is for you.

PPM’s River North apartments are in the center of it all.


Next, located just three-and-a-half miles from the Loop, Lakeview is an affordable neighborhood with a bustling scene of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and entertainment spots. As one of Chicago’s largest neighborhoods, Lakeview is extremely walkable, making it an especially popular choice for students and professionals. It’s also home to one of the city’s largest LGBTQ communities.

You’ll always have something to do in Lakeview any day of the week, whether you head to catch a show in the theater district or a game at Wrigley Field. Plus, it’s a perfect place to live if you love the outdoors: The area offers lots of bike and running paths. Ride your bike from the lakefront to the Loop!

Check out PPM’s Lakeview apartments.

Lincoln Park

best neighborhoods in Chicago for young professionals

Another one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago for professionals is Lincoln Park. Located between the Gold Coast and Lakeview, living in Lincoln Park gives you the best of both worlds.

The upscale neighborhood is close to Chicago’s business district, which makes commuting simple. Its namesake—the 1,208-acre city park along Lake Michigan—borders the neighborhood. There, you can check out the area’s beaches, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the farmer’s market, a couple museums, and more, just steps from home. When the weather’s warm, go for a stroll in the neighborhood to see some of the area’s awesome architecture before getting drinks at a nearby cocktail spot.

Take a look at PPM’s Lincoln Park apartments.

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