2017 Safest Neighborhoods in Chicago Metro

Explore the safest neighborhoods in the U.S. based on crime rates for murder, assault, rape, burglary, and other crime statistics. Ranking based on data from the FBI and U.S. Census.

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    Edison Park

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 13 reviews
    Current Resident:Here in Edison Park, we are at the border of Chicago proving us to be city yet suburban. Our neighborhoods are quiet and filled with the most prompt citizens. Growing up here, I remember all the times when I was little, and thinking about eventually having to move away scares me. My whole life has been based in Edison Park with its school, park, plethora of restaurants, and even just walking on its sidewalks brings great significance. Walking through Edison Park every morning while going to school, seeing the familiar streets, gives me a sense of home outside my home. Even though I live in a house, I will always live in Edison Park.
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    Sauganash/Forest Glen

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 36 reviews
    Niche User:Atmosphere is friendly and enjoyable. Train stations and CTAs are very accessible to travel into the city or out. Education continues to improve, although political figures are not the most bright at the moment. The city is beautiful at day and night, managing always to take my breath away.
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    Printers Row

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 1 review
    Former Resident:Diverse, vibrant neighborhood that is super close to the loop. Some of the neighborhood fixtures (bars, bookstores, and historical buildings) give the area a cozy feel but the new apartments and condos and the general diversity of the area also make it feel very vibrant and exciting. Printers Row is literally steps from to the major downtown festivals and events in the summer (e.g., Blues Fest, Taste, Draft Town), and has a huge annual event in its own (LitFest).
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    Gold Coast

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 7 reviews
    Former Resident:Its delightful & friendly neighborhood with endless opportunities by choice with an Essence that all things are possible!
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    Mount Greenwood

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 36 reviews
    Niche User:The only crime present in this area are teenagers around Halloween trying to pull pranks that end badly, such as egging people's houses and cars. In the 15 years that I have lived there, there was only one instance when someone's bike on my block got stolen but was returned the next day. There's a police officer who lives on every corner and often patrolmen driving around. The only concern is that people are too trusting and tend to leave their house doors unlocked all the time except when they're not at home, even then, they sometimes leave the backdoor open all the time. Although nothing has happened, it's crazy to me how people are that trusting.
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    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 9 reviews
    Current Resident:I knew nothing about Andersonville when my realtor suggested an apartment located at one of the main intersections in this northern Chicago neighborhood. I put all my trust in her because she said it was a perfect up-and-coming neighborhood for a millenial in graduate school like me. At my doorstep, I have access to very unique restaurants and boutiques. Although I've been there for about a year now, there are still new things for me to discover!
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    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 5 reviews
    Current Resident:Streeterville is a windy neighborhood by Lake Michigan, and perhaps the coldest and wettest that I've known in the great city of Chicago. Yet it is close to many high-end restaurants and stores such as Niu and Whole Foods, urban attractions such as Navy Pier, and many transportation routes including buses, individual transport and green transport. It's an overall good place to go for diversity in entertainment and a practical place to be - especially for those such as myself who appreciate cold weather.
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    Norwood Park

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 45 reviews
    Current Resident:I've gone to school and lived in Norwood Park most of my life and I must say since moving away I found myself back because the safety, cleanliness, affordability, and convenience. I'd like to see more progressive businesses much like the new starbucks being built. More diversity in food and small business like Andersonville.
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    Rush & Division

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 3 reviews
    Parent:I could very well never leave this area. Convenience is everything to me and you can get to any service needed with in a 1 mile radius. Clean and well maintained.
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    North Center

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 27 reviews
    Niche User:The neighborhood I grew up in & live in is right off of a main street in Chicago. Even though the busy street is right there, the street I grew up felt blocked away like a suburban subdivision. There are restaurants, food stores & small shops of any kind around. It is safe & comfortable as well, with very little activity occurring on the street. Near by is a park & multiple schools & highschools.
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    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 30 reviews
    Current Resident:I like how hegewisch is a nice quite family friendly community that is clean and open for anyone. I wouldn't change anything other than fix some places up that haven't been in the best shape.
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    Lincoln Square

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 44 reviews
    Current Resident:Lincoln Square has become a hot spot for new restaurants, shops, and entertainment (e.g. German fest), while maintaining its diverse ties to the community. The square itself is a mix of cultures, spanning Greek, German, French, and Argentinian backgrounds, to name a few. There is a strong community feeling everywhere you go, and long-time locals are always touting how proud they are to have seen the area develop into the wonderful, hidden gem it is today! Come see for yourself!
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    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 12 reviews
    Niche User:There are plenty of local shops, parks, and public spaces and the crime rate is quite low.
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    Sheffield & DePaul

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 14 reviews
    Niche User:I love where I live. It is perfect for me and the time in my life I am in.
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    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 39 reviews
    Current Resident:Beverly is a small neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. It has a public elementary school (Sutherland) which is very good. Being a teenager, my parents are worried about my safety, but I often remind them that we live in Beverly and that somewhat puts their worries at ease. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of nighttime activities to be a part of. Beverly is a very family friendly community with a short commute to downtown or Orland Park, Illinois. There are numerous job opportunities for teenagers and I have found it very easy to get a job at the local park district (Ridge Park) located on 96th and Longwood street. Overall, Beverly is an ideal neighborhood to live in if one can afford the cost of living. The average cost of a house in Beverly is about $320,000.
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    North Park

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 31 reviews
    Nearby Resident:North Park is an awesome Chicago neighborhood. I live about five minutes away. It has a bunch of restaurants and things to do around there. Other neighboring neighborhoods are Albany Park, Budlong woods, and Lincoln Square.
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    Lake View

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 104 reviews
    Niche User:I can see myself returning to this area after I graduate from college. Right now my parents live in the Lincoln Park area which is home to many restaurants, thrift shops, grocery stores, coffee shops etc. It is a great place to be outside and roaming around with friends and family. If you like sushi, there is a great place called Yuki Hana which has 3$ everything on the menu till 7 PM every day! This place is very nostalgic for me because I attended Lincoln Park High School. It is generally a really safe area and it is a great area for people to be subjected to a huge diversity of people coming from all over the world.
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    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 1 review
    Current Resident:I currently live in Wrigleyville and some time it's a pain and you love it. It's a pain when there is something going on at Wrigley Field due to the lack of parking. But, you love it because of the great places around here and because the redline is easily accessible.
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    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 19 reviews
    Current Resident:Dunning is one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago. It is affordable, has an excellent public school and a strong sense of community. It offers small stores, shops, restaurants and food markets, as well as larger and corporate brand shopping areas. Dunning is home to Shabbona Park, where neighborhood kids and adults can meet for games, picnics and fitness activities. Everyone seems to know and support each other in this neighborhood, giving a small suburban feel to a corner of a major Metropolis.
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    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:The people that live in the area are very friendly, and it's the perfect place to raise a family.
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    Near South Side

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 9 reviews
    Parent:This area is located within walking distance of stores, restaurants and entertainment. Parking is very expensive but public transportation is readily available.
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    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 122 reviews
    Current Resident:Edgewater has been my home for the past few months since I moved back to Chicago. Since then, here have been ups and downs, just like any other place in the world. One big downside has been the fact that our car got stolen within the first 2 months of moving here! On the other hand, that could be a plus, since we haven't had to worry about gas, accidents, or any other car related costs. Down the road from our apartment, there are some nice cozy places to enjoy yummy food, great coffee, and spend time with friends and loved ones. Edgewater is great if you don't like being in a huge city but still enjoy having easy access to the city when you have a day off. It's along the "main vein" as I call it, which means the bus on Clark and the red line go straight to downtown Chicago. That in itself is a never ending adventure. Overall, I am really pleased where we decided to live and there are few places better than this location.
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    Ukrainian Village

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 8 reviews
    Niche User:The area has a great energy and atmosphere. New businesses and restaurants flourishing, great sense of community.
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    West Elsdon

    • Neighborhood in Chicago, IL
    • 50 reviews
    Niche User:I love the neighborhood I love it. It has the qualities of a small town where neighbors know each other but the closeness to the city also offers an urban environment where you are close to restaurants! grocery stores, and night life.
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