What Are the Top Neighborhoods for Chicago Sports Fans?

Top 4 Neighborhoods for Sports Fans

Maybe you’ve heard of Michael Jordan?

Here in Chicago, the man is a myth, a hero, and a steakhouse. Like so many other athletes and personalities, MJ is a testament to how the Windy City teeters on the edge of obsession when it comes to its most-loved pastimes.

You see, from the Fire, to the Bulls, to the Sox and the Cubs, the “city of broad shoulders” is really a city of major sports fans! Whatever your sport of choice, Chicago has a team ready to root for.

So, when ranking the best neighborhoods for the athletically-inclined, the Real Group RE ream chose spots located close not only to our area’s major stadiums, but in close proximity to lively spots where you can catch the big game, even when you don’t have a ticket.

It was a close race! But here are the four winners – the neighborhoods that sports fans should keep in mind when planning their move to Chicago:

1. Lakeview (Wrigleyville)

This one’s a no-brainer for any true blue baseball fan. Wrigleyville is a neighborhood that defies the laws of Midwestern nature and operates in two seasons instead of four: baseball season, and off-season. And, for sports fans, it’s our easy number-one pick!

Named for the iconic stadium that sits in the heart of the neighborhood, Wrigleyville is home to the Chicago Cubs and, of equal importance, the late Harry Caray (who inspired the greatest five minutes of Jeff Goldblum and Will Ferrell’s respective careers).

And it certainly doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand Wrigleyville’s other appealing qualities for fans of amazing athletics. While this neighborhood’s best bars are consistently packed during the Cubs games, they’re also great for catching your other hometown teams in action, too.

Looking for something equally close to the action – but a little more refined? Look to the rest of Lakeview!

The parent neighborhood to Wrigleyville, Lakeview, broadly speaking, is a more residential choice for sports fans who want the energy of a baseball stadium without the bustling crowds.

It’s home to a diverse group of residents, including young families and college students who like to have fun on the weekend. Even better, living in Lakeview puts you close to the sophistication of Lincoln Park, which can give you a bit more of a grown-up flavor than you might find on the strip around Wrigley Field.

2. South Loop

Do you consider yourself a well-rounded sports fan? Then you’ll want to consider looking into the South Loop!

Living in the heart of the South Loop neighborhood puts you within swinging distance of Soldier Field (home of “da Bears”), and gives you a great home base whether you’re trekking to Wrigley (the Cubs), the United Center (the Bulls and the Blackhawks), or Guaranteed Rate Field (the White Sox).

The hot spots that surround the South Loop offer up great mix of treats for sports fans and art lovers alike. For instance, a quick jump on the El will get you to the Art Institute of Chicago, the Adler Planetarium, and the downtown theaters that bring Broadway shows to town. There are plenty of sports bars around, and living in the South Loop makes it easy to get to Museum Campus, the beaches of Lake Michigan, and other wide open spaces, perfect for a pickup game when the sun is shining.

Bottom line? The South Loop is solid choice for anyone with a wide range of interests and a deep love for Chicago’s culture.

3. West Loop

Truly devoted fans of the Bulls, the Blackhawks, and the White Sox should look into the West Loop.

For starters, the United Center stands in the middle of this trendy neighborhood, making it a prime location for fans of basketball and hockey. It’s also just a short trip to Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the White Sox.

Even better, the West Loop offers up all sorts of options for anyone looking for a delicious bite or a unique drink as they take in the week’s big game. In addition to containing the Fulton Market district, one of the hottest foodie destinations in the country, the West Loop rubs up against Pilsen, Little Italy, and Ukrainian Village. All of these spots offer charming bars, affordable art galleries, and small family-owned restaurants, all showing off Chicago’s rich heritage – and boundless enthusiasm for all things sporting.

4. Bridgeport

Bridgeport is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Chicago, and you can feel this area’s history the moment you set foot on its charming streets.

It’s been named one of the area’s “coolest neighborhoods,” and it puts residents in close proximity to Guaranteed Rate Field, the perfect spot for taking in a White Sox game. From Bridgeport, it’s also just a short hop north to Soldier Field. The area also puts you in a prime spot for college sports, offering easy access to the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, and University of Illinois at Chicago, in University Village.

And then there’s the food and drink. Bridgeport is home to countless laidback sports bars, as well as the breaded steak sandwich, a Chicago original that’s the perfect accompaniment to a Saturday spent on the couch watching athletes work up a sweat.

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