West Town

Population: 84,995Median home value: $407,865 55 Ranks better than 7% of areas
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A+ West Town Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F West Town Cost of Living Cost of living is 38% higher than Illinois
West Town
13737% more expensive than the US average
Chicago
11313% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
West Town cost of living
F West Town Crime Total crime is 82% higher than Illinois
Total crime
4,46863% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2363% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
13%Year over year crime is up
West Town crime
B West Town Employment Household income is 38% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$81,40347% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$50,16968% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%8% lower than the US average
West Town employment
F West Town Housing Home value is 133% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$407,865121% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,33541% higher than the US average
Home ownership
38%41% lower than the US average
West Town real estate or West Town rentals
F West Town Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
88%6% higher than the US average
School test scores
27%45% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Chicago K-12 schools or Chicago colleges

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The Good Thing About West Town is That it Includes Wicker Park

Attractions2/10
Community6/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining9/10
Shopping8/10
I have lived in Wicker Park for the last 9 years and a lot has changed since I first moved to the neighborhood. In general, West Town is located within the boxed area from North Avenue from the North, Elston Ave or Interstate 90 from the East, Grand Ave from the South and Western Ave from the West.

The good areas, and when I say good, I mean the areas in West Town where I would feel safe walking around at night are generally North of Division and East of Damen. Outside of those areas, things can get a little sketchy especially down near Chicago Ave.

Okay, back to the good parts. First, there are a lot of good residential areas in West Town. I live near the intersection of Ashland and Damen and bought my condo in 2008. According to recent neighborhood sales data the value of my home hasn't really decreased in last couple years and if I wanted I could probably sell it at breakeven or even make a small profit. You can't say that for many areas of Chicago. I do know that there are a lot of people moving into the area.

The restaurant and nightlife is great. There are too many great restaurants at the corner of North Avenue and Milwaukee to write about here, but I would like to comment on a few.

First, if you are interested in non-traditional tapas you should try out People Lounge. It is a small quaint place, the wine is good and food is better. People's is reasonably priced too.

Next, if you are interested in American food with a high end flavor, I encourage you to try out the Fifty-Fifty bar and restaurant. The Fifty-Fifty is near Damen Avenue and Division Avenue and was started by the manager and chef of famous seafood joint down in the Chicago Gold Coast area. The Fifty-Fifty has a lobster sandwich to die for.

Lastly, if you are looking for food and some nightlife I definitely recommend Moonshine. Moonshine is located on Division Avenue about halfway between Damen Avenue and Ashland Avenue. Moonshine has great pizza and salads but is known for its nightlife. I know from experience that Moonshine has some great tequila.

Overall, West Town is a fun place to live, but be watchful of the "bad" areas.
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West Town, Chicago - A Little Bit of Something for Everyone

Attractions9/10
Community6/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining9/10
Shopping8/10
I've lived in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago for about eight years, and have loved (almost) every minute of it. West Town encompasses many smaller Chicago neighborhoods such as Humboldt Park, Ukrainian Village, Noble Square, and the very well known neighborhood of Wicker Park. Because West Town is comprised of several smaller neighborhoods, each with a distinct feel, it is home to a wide variety of residents.

The West Town neighborhood is home to a vast array of restaurants ranging from trendy eateries such as Hot Chocolate, Crust, and Mana to scrumptious and inexpensive ethnic delights such as Cafe Irazu, a wildly popular Costa Rican spot. In addition to restaurants, there are plenty of shopping options, especially in Wicker Park along Milwaukee Street, which is a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists alike.

While much of the West Town neighborhood has improved over the past several years, petty crime is still a problem, so visitors should practice the same caution as they would in any urban neighborhood. While I've only had a problem with the occasional car break-in, I have known a few mugging victims, so visitors and residents should exercise reasonable caution.

As a former south-sider who bounced around the north-side for almost twenty years, I'm happy to have found this neighborhood, and now consider it my home; just don't make me cheer for the Cubs.
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Source: The West Town, Chicago, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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