Northwest Side

The city’s Northwest Side is an eclectic mix of largely residential neighborhoods that many Chicagoans are proud to call home.

The Northwest Side neighborhoods are historically known for their ethnic roots. The area was orginally home to industrial factories and warehouses, attracting blue-collar immigrants, most noteably German, Polish and Mexican. Though the area has been able to maintain its unique local flare, real estate along the Chicago River is increasing in demand, bringing new residents to these neighborhoods.

If you’re looking for a real Chicago experience that doesn’t involve Michigan Avenue or Wrigley Field, the Northwest Side of the city is bustling with local culture and things to do.

Check out each of the Northwest Side neighborhoods. Under each guide you’ll find a neighborhood overview, maps, restaurants reviews, nightlife reviews, sights & attractions, and gyms & spas.

North Center
Irving Park
Ravenswood/Lincoln Square
Roscoe Village

What’s Up on the Northwest Side of Chicago

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Check out all of UPchicago’s featured neighborhoods:

Downtown North Side Northwest Side South Side West Side
The Loop Andersonville Avondale Beverly Bucktown
Magnificent Mile Edgewater Ravenswood Hyde Park Humboldt Park
River East Gold Coast North Center Pilsen Logan Square
River North Lakeview Irving Park UIC/Tri-Taylor River West
South Loop Lincoln Park Roscoe Village Ukrainian Village
Streeterville Old Town/Near North Wicker Park
West Loop Uptown