Monday, April 07, 2014

Guest Post: Single in the city

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Zillow, the online real estate database, about their city spotlight project. When I heard that the series combines two of my favorite things -- love and Chicago -- I immediately got excited. Check out the top four Chicago neighborhoods for singles, and look for my own take in the coming days!

**Please note: This is not a sponsored post, but merely a fun collaboration with Zillow.
More than 40 percent of Chicago’s population is single. The city is a bustling hub of business, culture and trendy hot spots, while arguably one of the best cities to meet that special someone. Singles just need to know where to look. Consider relocating to one of these four neighborhoods in Chicago. They all have high demographics of singles and close proximity to bars, restaurants, shopping and entertainment...

Lincoln Park
Home to more singles in their 20s and 30s than Chicago’s average, Lincoln Park has a fun and vibrant college-town atmosphere with DePaul University at its center. Lincoln Park is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood where singles socialize throughout the wide array of pubs and restaurants. The Lincoln Park Athletic Club is another convenience the locals enjoy and is a great place to meet singles getting in shape for the warmer months ahead.

Home to Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs, Lakeview is the perfect neighborhood to meet like-minded sports fans. Almost 60 percent of the locals are single, known as corporate climbers who have up-and-coming incomes and are looking to grow their professional careers. On the weekend, the neighborhood is buzzing with busy restaurants and bar-hopping groups. Throughout the warmer months, the streets come alive, playing host to food festivals and the famous Pride Parade held the last weekend of June.

Old Town
With easy access to Lake Michigan beaches and nearly 19 miles of running and biking trail, Old Town is the ideal neighborhood for active singles who enjoy the outdoors. The Old Town neighborhood is predominantly home to established singles who draw handsome salaries and have reasonable living expenses. The neighborhood offers numerous apartments and condos for single living. Compared to Lincoln Park and Lakeview, rent and home prices are higher in Old Town. However, residents see the expense as a trade off for the luxury and convenience of being close to beaches, trendy retail and a popular nightlife scene.

The Loop
Famous for being Oprah’s old stomping grounds, The Loop is filled with great places to eat, play and shop. It’s home to established singles predominantly in their 20s and 30s who enjoy an upscale life in the urban center. Recently, dozens of exciting new restaurants and cafes opened to tantalize and entertain social singles in the neighborhood. The area is popular for street festivals such as the Randolph Street Market Festival held the last weekend of each month from March to November.
Singles on the market should take the time to research neighborhood demographics, rent and home values before relocating. A little fact-finding makes the difference between a potentially unfortunate living scenario and the perfect place to find love.


  1. What a fun post - I have to tell my single nieces about this --- although, southerners can barely handle the winters in the mountains--not sure about the windy city! LOL

  2. oh yeah! winters here can get pretty cold, especially this one, but summers are THE BEST!!


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