Edgewater has long been an escape from the buzz of city life in Chicago, Illinois. This lakeside neighborhood offers a slower pace with its multicultural community complete with independent boutiques to shop local, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and historic districts that offer a glimpse into the city's rich past. Nature is also a big part of Edgewater living with trails for walking and biking, nature conservancy areas, public beaches that hug Lake Michigan's shores, and the northern border of the 7-mile long. Lincoln Park.
6 miles North of The Loop, Edgewater has the CTA Red Line feeding directly into Chicago's downtown core. In this area, you’ll also have easy access to Lake Shore Drive and city buses. On top of those transportation options, this neighborhood has a high walking score for those who prefer to travel on foot. Perfect for students attending Loyola Chicago University—a private post-secondary institution that neighbors Rogers Park and lines the shores of Lake Michigan.
Edgewater offers a broad range of living options to please everyone from the budding family to the small business owner. To the west, you will find a mix of small businesses with multi-story flats, as well as single-family homes. Travel further east and you will find the Bryn Mawr Historic District, which offers condominiums, mid-rise homes, and high-rise apartments like Sheridan Tower (5650 N Sheridan Rd.) and The Bryn Apartments (5600 N Sheridan Rd.). Want something with a traditional feel? There are the studios and 1 bedroom apartments at Winthrop Place (6019 N Winthrop Ave). However, for those who seek contemporary living, The Windale is a go-to. The Windale apartments offer a poignant contemporary aesthetic, which includes custom cabinetry, subway tiling, glass rain showers, and brick accent walls. With this living option being only blocks away from the lake, it offers the best of both worlds with urban amenities and nature at your fingertips.
From savory Irish pot pies to locally brewed organic beer, the cuisine and restaurants in Edgewater will not disappoint. Here are a few of our favorites.
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For more restaurant recommendations, be sure to check out our Edgewater Chicago Guide.
Not far from the lakefront, life at The Windale offers a balance between urban life and natural beauty. This modernized apartment complex is located on N Winthrop Ave, just a few blocks from the Thorndale red line stop in the Edgewater neighborhood. FLATS recently renovated these studios and 1 bedroom apartments to offer in-unit laundry, subway tiling, rain-showers, and custom cabinetry. Amenities within the building include a gym, lobby, and bike room, but residents of The Windale also have access to all the FLATS amenities across the city. This includes rooftop lounges, gyms with boxing rings, and the pool at a href="https://livethelawrencehouse.com/"style="color:#b49654;">The Lawrence House in Uptown—to name a few.