North Lakefront

The adjacent communities of Rogers Park, Edgewater and Uptown have been called the most stable diverse neighborhoods in the nation, with a broad mix of incomes, races and ethnicities. Bordered on the east by Lake Michigan and on the west by the Metra North commuter line, CTA’s backbone transit service, the Red Line, bisects the area. With the highest density of all Chicago planning districts, at 28,000 people per square mile, the neighborhoods support more than 2,500 small businesses across a dozen eclectic, pedestrian-oriented retail districts.

Nearly 168,000 residents live on the North Lakefront in a dense housing mix that includes a high-rise corridor along Sheridan Road, large apartment buildings and miles of streets lined with two-flats, six-flats and single-family homes. Two-thirds of the 82,000 households are renters, reflecting the area’s long history as an entry neighborhood for immigrants, students and young couples. [Excerpted from Summary of Assets]

North Lakefront Assets

Community assets are those built, natural, cultural and institutional elements that most define a neighborhood. They are anchor institutions, identity markers and community stabilizers. As such, they help guide local capital investment decisions.

North Lakefront Data

Neighborhoods are in a constant state of change. Data for the built environment informs decision-makers about existing conditions and allows for comparisons across neighborhoods and against citywide averages, and helps to determine what investments are needed.

North Lakefront Plans

Chicago has many citywide and local place-based plans with stated goals for the built environment. Some are municipal; others are nonprofit driven. They prioritize public and private capital investments, provide important context for those investments and help determine how a community should grow and where development should occur.