People live downtown?

It’s funny. When we first moved to Chicago, it seems like everyone we knew lived north, mostly within a 15-block radius in Lakeview.

Slowly, our friends began to migrate and/or populate west. Wicker Park ruled, and even we fell within its jurisdiction in nearby Ukrainian Village.

These days? It seems like everyone is moving to the Loop or South Loop.

Back when everyone lived in Lakeview, it would have been unfathomable to me as to why anyone would move downtown. It costs more for less space. Living close to work would make it dangerously convenient to stay late.

So, is the migration to the Loop and South Loop new? Or have I just reached the place in life where people my age have the means + desire to live downtown?

My guess is the latter. People have been living in the Loop and South Loop for years, much to my ignorance. With views like these in my pal’s new place, I can see the appeal:



Filed under city life, culture, neighborhoods, random

2 responses to “People live downtown?

  1. Sandy

    i’ve been noticing this, also! and, as a result, i find myself bizarrely attracted to the idea of living downtown, even though when i decided to move here in 2009 i couldn’t fathom how the loop could possibly be superior to the neighborhoods. in my head, the loop was a ghost town on nights and weekends, or else just for tourists and dbags. now that i’m starting to venture down there to meet up with my loop-bound friends i’m realizing that’s not entirely the case. although i don’t think i’ll give up my hood just yet. restaurants are cheaper up here and i kinda like having a commute. time to decompress/reason to leave work early and all.

    • I’m totally with you on this. I love the charm and character of the neighborhoods I’ve never once been tempted by downtown. I assumed only tourist hung out there on the weekends. However, I’ve come to find out that it’s pretty cool after all. Maybe being closer to work wouldn’t be so bad after all…

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