Edgewater is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 49,024. Edgewater is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Edgewater offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Edgewater there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Edgewater and residents tend to be liberal.
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Since I moved here in 2012, Edgewater has TRANSFORMED. Buildings look great up and down Sheridan -- and NOW up and down Winthrop in Kenmore. Like Bryn Mawr, Edgewater is a hot area to be in -- buildings that were mediocre are getting revamped. Edgewater is connecting to Bryn Mawr as a solid line of revitalization in the Kenmore- Winthrop pocket. You know when landscaping becomes a priority that people are proud of their community. Most of the negative reviews about Edgewater are pre 2014/15. Whole Foods opened mid-2015 and the area hasn't looked back. Storefronts are filling. New apartment buildings are being constructed. Loyola is adding more construction, more dorms for an increase of students. There are still some vacant store fronts but that is everywhere and results more from decisions of the building owners than the neighborhood. There could always be more done to attract businesses -- but again, that is a city-wide challenge in every neighborhood.
This is the best neighborhood I've lived in, & I've stayed in lots--Hyde Park, Rogers, Uptown, Lakeview, South Loop, etc. It's SO diverse, which is important. It's more affordable than many places, but it's ON THE BEACH & is a great place to live! There's so much great stuff to do: library, awesome food, antiques, annual yard sale, farmers' market, etc. It's super-close to good nightlife, & the public transit is safe & fanastic. The buses are great & El is close. People are friendly, & I've never had a problem with crime. Hands down the best place I've lived. Love that it's not all one type of person, & the majority of residents have college degrees, so they're smart. Don't miss out!
Edgewater is nothing short of amazing! I’ve lived here for 18 years (almost my entire life). It’s very affordable considering you’re living right by the beach. It’s diverse; full of so many different cultures and people. It’s only a 10-15 drive to downtown. Plus, if you don’t drive, the 147 bus goes straight downtown via Lakeshore drive so you can conveniently get downtown in 15 minutes! There’s a wide variety of different restaurants. Craving a burger, sushi, Chinese food, Indian food, pizza? Edgewater has just about anything and everything you can think of within a walking distance. Beautiful parks and beaches are the best in spring/summer time. I can’t say enough great things about Edgewater. It’s perfect.