North Center (also spelled Northcenter) has an ideal location at Chicago’s North Side, just east of the Chicago River and only around 7 miles north of The Loop. Over the years, the area has seen an influx of European immigrants who left an unmistakable influence in the community’s architecture and culture. Home to top ranked schools and tree-lined residential areas, North Center is considered as one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in Chicago.
What to love
- The local hangouts
Wherever you live in North Center – and whatever the occasion – you’ll find the perfect hangout nearby. For intimate dates with your significant other, check out The Victor Bar. Enjoy an English style pub experience with friends at The Globe Pub. Sample The Bad Apple’s many beers on tap or simply have a food adventure with one of their unusual burgers.
- Family-friendly hubs
For Sunday fun with the family, head to Horner (Henry) Park, which boasts softball, baseball, and soccer fields, as well as tennis courts, a playground, and other facilities. Or you can take the kids bowling at Timber Lanes, an old-fashioned bowling alley with wooden lanes and manual scoring. The little ones will also enjoy the many indoor adventures at Climb Zone Chicago.
- Theater and live shows
Theater and music fans will find plenty to love in North Center. The neighborhood has an abundance of fringe theater productions, ranging from improv to experimental, as well as intimate music venues where you can enjoy everything from rock to jazz. Check out the upcoming shows at Bughouse Theater and Strawdog Theatre Company. Or catch the next live band or musical artist at Martyrs’, High Hat Club, and other music hubs in the neighborhood.
Real estate snapshot
As of January, 2023, North Center was a balanced market, with homes selling for around 98% of their listing price. The median home price was $585,000, and homes for sale stayed on the market for an average of 85 days. Condos make up a large majority of the housing stock, many of which have square footage that can rival a single-family home. A typical home comes in the million-dollar range but you’ll also find relatively more affordable properties.
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