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Chicago Near South Side Real Estate

Rich in history and diversity, the Chicago Near South Side real estate includes the area just south of the Stevenson expressway, as well as the historical and culturally diverse neighborhoods of Bronzeville, Kenwood, and Hyde Park.

The Near South is a wonderful example of urban living. With Mercy Hospital located on South Michigan, the area is home to many medical professionals, as well as artists who live in the numerous warehouses with large, open layouts and studio spaces. The Near South also offers a variety of Chicago lofts, condominiums, townhomes and single-family homes. The combination of traditional homes and a changing manufacturing district, along with wide streets lined with beautiful trees, make the Near South an exciting option for city living. Its prime location also makes it easy to get to the Loop, Chinatown, the South Loop, and the growing Motor Row District. All providing lots of restaurants, shopping, and nightlife within walking distance!

Near South Side Geography

The Near South boundaries are:

  • The Stevenson expressway to the North
  • Lakeshore Drive to the East
  • South Dearborn and Bubbly Creek to the West
  • East 63rd Street to the South

Zip codes for the Near South are 60615, 60616, 60637, and 60653.

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Chicago Near South Side Real Estate & Living

Bronzeville is a vibrant, urban community with wide boulevards, beautiful parks, and many national landmarks. It is considered one of the most significant landmarks of the Great Migration from the south. Bronzeville embraces its history while welcoming the future. Some its magnificent buildings date back to the 1920s, and are being restored and added to historic building registries. In addition to many Victorian era buildings representing Gothic, Romanesque and Queen Ann designs, you can also find vintage brick flats, high-rise apartment buildings, mid-rise units and spacious townhomes, and Chicago condos for sale. Many offer luxury amenities and upgrades. It also has plenty of parking, and easy access to the Lake, expressways, CTA, and the Loop.

Powhatan-Apartments---Best-Near-South-Side-Real-EstateHyde Park Chicago Real Estate includes a combination of grand and peaceful parks, easy access to the lakefront, and cultural activities. The convenience of city living and a wide variety of housing styles make Hyde Park Chicago homes an urban dweller’s dream! Whether it’s a rehabbed house, a Chicago condo in a vintage building with stunning views, or a townhome on a quiet street, Hyde Park Chicago real estate has something for everyone. In fact, throughout Hyde Park are stunning vintage buildings – some designed by world-renowned architects, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe.

Flanked by the University of Chicago to the west and The Museum of Science and Industry to the east, the area was once considered a suburban community. It was officially annexed to Chicago in 1889. This diverse community is one of the most desirable places to own Chicago real estate. It’s also home to President Barak Obama! When it comes to space, Hyde Park Chicago homes offer more for your money, and with all the modern amenities you’ve come to expect!

The Kenwood neighborhood was once a haven for Chicago’s elite. Large homes were built along the lakeshore to escape the congestion of the city. Today, the area offers exclusive, affordable housing, including some of the city’s best architecture from the late 1800s and early part of the 20th century. The southeastern section of Kenwood features Powhatan Apartments (a Chicago Landmark) and the Narragansett Apartments (recognized by the National Register Of Historic Places). The art deco exterior of the Powhatan Apartments features terra-cotta scenes of Native American life. Built in 1929, it is 22 stories and offers stunning lake views.

While this community still has some of the largest single-family homes for sale in Chicago, it shares its historical status with a culturally diverse community, an exciting art scene, and a modern growing commercial area.

If you want to live in an historic, diverse urban area with all the benefits of city living and the added benefit of suburban-like space, then contact Terri to find your home in one of the Chicago Near South Side communities.

Exploring the Near South Amenities

From the moment you enter the Near South, you’ll notice space – from wide, tree-lined boulevards to larger homes. And, it’s all just minutes from downtown! Whether it’s Bronzeville, Kenwood, or Hyde Park, Chicago Near South homes offer more bang for your buck. With numerous parks and playgrounds, affordable homes, and plenty of education options, the Near South neighborhoods are especially appealing to families.

Stunning architecture, historical landmarks, and public art dot the landscape. Bronzeville is home to some of the most notable works of Chicago’s Public Art Collection. These include Alison Saar’s “Monument to the Great Northern Migration,” The Bronzeville Walk of Fame, and The Victory Monument, all along Martin Luther King Drive.

While Bronzeville celebrates its past, it also basks in the excitement of new restaurants and cafes, bookstores, new residential development, a revitalized Dunbar Park, and even a neighborhood film festival highlighting African American artists and filmmakers.

Continue venturing south to Kenwood and Hyde Park and you’ll come across Jackson Park, the University of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry. The Museum of Science and Industry has more than 2,000 exhibits and is a favorite with both locals and tourists.

The University of Chicago, founded in 1890 has one of the beautiful campuses in the country and is home to museums and a variety of public programs adding to the culture of the neighborhood. With over 6,000 undergraduate students and over 10,000 graduate, professional, and other students, the university setting enhances a diverse mix of restaurants, shops, historic landmarks and neighborhood street festivals.

Jackson Park is 600 acres of amazing lakefront space that provides a scenic setting for recreation. Enjoy easy access to Lake Michigan and join others taking advantage of the biking and walking paths. Spend the day at 31st beach or 57th beach. Or walk to Promontory Point, designed by Alfred Caldwell, to capture a stunning skyline view of the city. Other notable sites to see are the Robie House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Hyde Park Art Center.

Chicago’s Near South Side is served by multiple bus and train lines for public transportation and offers quick access to expressways, including the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94), The Red and Green Line, and the Metra are a walk away.

Near South Schools

The Near South is home to a number of highly rated public, Catholic, and private elementary, junior high, and high schools, including De La Salle High School, the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Lab Schools. Public schools include Kenwood Academy, King College Prep High School, and Ariel Community Academy. Private Schools include the Ancona Montessori School, Cambridge School of Chicago, Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, and Hales Franciscan High School.

For up-to-date information about schools, review the School Finder Map.

Terri understands the important role schools play in purchasing a new home, especially for new families. Having lived in the city and raised three children, she’s navigated the education scene from pre-school through college! Contact Terri to help you find the perfect school and home!

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