Lying along the shores of Lake Michigan around nine miles north of The Loop, the neighborhood of Edgewater is all about diversity and urban waterfront living. The multi-cultural population brings a fantastic mix of influences to all aspects of the community – from the local festivals and entertainment to the eclectic array of shops, restaurants, and attractions.
What to love
- The beaches
Edgewater has miles of easily accessible beaches where you can enjoy water sports or simply relax on the wide sandy shores. Hollywood Beach (officially named Kathy Osterman Beach) is a great spot for paddle boarding. Foster Beach features concession stands, a beach house, and bike rentals. Both beaches skirt the edges of Lincoln Park, so visitors get to enjoy the park’s green spaces along with plenty of water fun.
- Great eats
Thanks to a diverse immigrant community, the food scene in Edgewater is well known for its variety. Along Broadway Street, you’ll find an array of family owned restaurants, bakeries, delis, and grocery stores offering a wide range of international flavors. Must visit eateries include Sun Wah for fantastic Hongkong-style barbecue, Mango Pickle for modern Indian flavors, and Milo’s Pita for authentic Mediterranean cuisine. An Edgewater staple is The Waterfront Cafe, housed in a historic coach house in Berger Park with lakeside patio seating during the summer.
- Theater haven
If you love theater, you’ll have your fill of amazing productions at Edgewater. The Edgewater Theater District helps keep Chicago’s storefront theater scene alive with 23 theaters featuring live performances in intimate venues. There’s also Jackalope Theater, a community theater that produces full length plays showcasing the diversity of local talents.
- Hours of antiquing
Edgewater is the place to be for antique and vintage finds. Broadway Antique Market, Chicago’s largest and oldest antique store, can be found right here. There’s also a host of other antique and vintage shops along Broadway where you’ll find fabulous Mid-Century pieces and so much more.
Real estate snapshot
As of January, 2023, Edgewater is a balanced market. The median listing price of homes was $234,900 and the median days on market was 69 days. Condos are the predominant housing type but there are also a number of single family homes, mostly ranch style homes and brownstones.
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