418 reviews
  1. City in Illinois
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$222,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$965
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      480
      273
    • Murder
      18
      6
    • Rape
      52
      41
    • Robbery
      354
      133
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      482
      525
    • Theft
      2,090
      2,081
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      375
      263

    Residents

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $48,522
    National
    $53,889
    Children
    19%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      14%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      21%
      19%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      24%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      23%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      18%
      13%

    Chicago Reviews

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    Chicago is rich with diversity and fun activities that the whole family can enjoy year round. I am a Chicago native and mother of five who was raised frequenting the many park districts for barbecues, birthday parties, and just for play as a child and now with my children. I have visited our zoos and museums on many occasions throughout the course of my life. Also we have the best fast food and carryout restaurants in the country right here in Chicago, from Chinatown's Chinese restaurants, Greek town's gyros, Maxwell Street's polishes, right down to our many rivaling authentic pizzeria's we have the best food! All of our sport's teams have won championships! Chicago is my kind of town!
    It has been a dream of mine to live in Chicago since I was twelve years old. I remember it like it was yesterday, the first time I arrived in city limits, I was blown away by the beautiful Chicago skyline. The feeling was like any other, I was elated, motivated, inspired, and absolutely obsessed with the idea of living in this city. I am now twenty four and have been living out my dreams of living in the big city! Chicago is an inspiring and fast paced city, the authentic people and places shed light on new perspectives and innovation. There is opportunity waiting around every corner. There is always something to do, or be involved in. Everyone has such unique opinions and points of views, it becomes very easy to get lost in conversation with just about anyone. I love this city, and I am forever blessed I have had the opportunity to live here.
    Chicago is an amazing city. Anything you might like doing with your life - you will find where to and with whom in Chicago. Any food, any activity, any style, anything. The way you look, the way you think, the way you talk, with accent or without - you won't be picked on in Chicago because its main characteristic is diversity. This applies not only to people, neighborhoods and cuisine but also the weather. And while the winters of Chicago are rather famous for the coldness, wind and snow, the summers here might surprise with the hotness and humidity. But hey, you can surf here! Who would think, right?