Are you a nature lover torn between the excitement of urban living and the serenity of a natural environment? You don’t have to pick between the two. In Chicago, you can live near the best new restaurants, bars, and coffee shops while being steps from the city’s countless parks and beautiful beaches. Not sure where to look for an apartment? We can help you narrow down your options. Let’s take a closer look at the best Chicago neighborhoods for nature lovers.
First, nature loving apartment seekers should consider moving to Lakeview. As a Lakeview resident, you’ll experience lakefront living with all the perks of city life. Plan to walk your pup along the 18-mile lakefront and ride your bike from the lakefront to the Loop!
One of the best parts of Lakeview living is having Lincoln Park in your neighborhood. Here, you’ll find seven miles of green spaces, trails, and recreational areas to explore and enjoy. Whatever outdoor activity you prefer, Lincoln Park has it, from bike and running paths to tennis and basketball courts to a golf course and a driving range. The city’s largest park offers something for everyone, making it a popular spot for nature lovers.
Lincoln Park (the neighborhood) gets its name from Lincoln Park (the park), which also runs through the neighborhood. Living in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, you’ll be close to the 35-acre Lincoln Park Zoo (check out the Nature Boardwalk!) and the Lily Pond—a peaceful spot to rest and relax in nature. When the temperature heats up, head to North Avenue Beach for a dip during the beach season. The Lincoln Park Conservatory—home to exotic plants from around the world— is another place nature lovers will want to visit often.
Last but not least on our roundup of Chicago neighborhoods for nature lovers is the Gold Coast. Best known for its upscale vibe, the Gold Coast also offers easy access to the city’s beaches and beautiful parks, making it another top place for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers to call home.
Oak Street Beach is the perfect place for lounging on warm, sunny days. But you don’t have to relax on your days off: If you’d rather be active, give stand up paddle-boarding a try.
Another spot to spend spring and summer days is Washington Square Park, a historic landmark of the city. Stroll the park’s grounds or take a moment to breathe on a park bench, and don’t miss the Victorian fountain’s seasonal floral and plant display.