No, not the Josh Hartnett movie. (Although it was set in this neighborhood.) Originally a working-class Polish and Puerto Rican neighborhood, this West Town enclave is now mostly populated by the moustache-and-selvage-jeans set. Its easy access to downtown is a major draw, as are fine dining establishments like Schwa (one of several Chicago restaurants to earn a coveted Michelin star), casual outdoor taco spots like Big Star, and speakeasy-style cocktail joints like The Violet Hour. Its shopping is similarly varied and appealing, hosting everything from high-end boutiques to organic florists to one of the city’s best bookstores, Myopic. Apartment prices have been pushed up over the last 15 years as a result of the area’s rapid gentrification, but deals are still available if you look.
If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.