Between Chicago’s expanding central core and the booming northwest suburbs around O’Hare International Airport are the bedroom neighborhoods of the Northwest Side, which continue to provide what home-buyers want: stable and safe neighborhoods, shopping, quick access to jobs and diverse housing options.
It’s not just housing. At the CTA’s Cumberland Blue Line stop, in the O’Hare community area, a dozen high-rises contain corporate headquarters, hotels and apartments, with low-rise residential neighborhoods nearby. Industrial buildings stretch along Northwest Highway and in the Knox Industrial Corridor. Three miles of forest preserves provide a green border along the city’s western edge and to the east along the North Branch of the Chicago River.
With diverse job markets in all directions and multiple transportation options, including CTA, Metra, and the Kennedy (I-90) and Edens (I-94) Expressways, the neighborhoods are home to 327,000 people. Unlike many areas of the city that have declining populations, the Northwest Side is stable. Housing values are high in some areas—with teardowns making way for new mansions—but housing remains affordable in most areas south of Lawrence Avenue, where a fast-growing Latino population has joined previous generations of Poles and other white ethnic groups. [Excerpted from Summary of Assets]