A vibrant, friendly, easily accessible lakefront neighborhood
Edgewater emanates a residential vibe peppered with friendly neighbors and a barrage of cultural diversity. There are always crowds of people shopping the boutiques of downtown Andersonville, not to be outdone by the fantastic dining options. There is also a prominent LGBT community that only adds to the distinct makeup of local of residents. This area is family-friendly, with affordable living options, compared to its southern neighbors. Along the lake there are high rise apartments, but head west and you'll find tree-lined streets filled with vintage walk-ups, condos, and single-family homes... some of which even include a yard!
Edgewater-Andersonville is due north of downtown - 52 blocks north to be exact. It is bordered to the north by Devon Ave., to the south by Foster Ave., to the east by Lake Michigan, and to the west by Ravenswood Ave. Directly to the north is the Rogers Park neighborhood, and to the south is Uptown. It is accessible by the red and blue line trains, and numerous CTA buses. It has a plethora of street fests, garden walks, and several access points to the beach.
Landmarks & Scenes:
Taking a walk on a nice day to check out the unparalleled lake views and many historical buildings is highly recommended. The famous Edgewater Beach Hotel, built in 1916, remains today as apartments. Another landmark is The Foster Beach Lighthouse; one can walk out on the landing for great views of the city and surrounding beach.
Food & Drink:
Edgewater houses some fantastic food options to suit all tastes and remains very casual. Andersonville Brewing Co. makes a great craft beer and just happen to be run by one of the best restaurants around, Hamburger Mary's. Other notable options include m.henry, Little Bad Wolf, and Reza's. The historic Simon's Tavern, a former secret speakeasy with Swedish flair, still serves their signature Swedish Glogg.
Edgewater is known for its affordable furniture/antique stores and boutiques. Roost is a great example of a vintage and antiques dealer selling an eclectic mix of home goods. Gethsemane Garden Center is an Edgewater institution. It has three buildings and covers an entire city block. Any plants or gardens needs you may have can be met here all year-round. The Brown Elephant is more than just a thrift store, with proceeds donated to the Howard Brown Health Center.
Bars line N. Clark St. in downtown Andersonville that light up the area at night, and many, many restaurants to choose from, depending on your mood. However, the area in general is somewhat more low-key in its entertainment offerings, meaning there is plenty of peace and quiet, which is never a bad thing.
Sports & Outdoors:
As with most of Chicago, Andersonville and Edgewater are very biker-friendly with miles of dedicated bike lanes and parking spots in front of popular shops and restaurants. There are also numerous yoga studios and parks in the area. And don’t forget about Lake Michigan; Foster, Hollywood, and Lane Beach are a few popular options among locals to cool off on a hot summer's day, and the Lakefront Trail that snakes along the lake is perfect for bikers or joggers.
Arts & Culture:
The Swedish American Museum is a wonderful experience showcasing the Swedish background and culture while paying tribute to the fact that Andersonville was once home to the largest Swedish population outside of Sweden itself!
Further away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago, Edgewater-Andersonville is very family-friendly. A large part in what makes this area a favorite among families is its close proximity to the lake. In this area, it’s pretty close to pristine, and the beaches are laid-back, low-key, and family-friendly. There are always trinkets for the kids; the balloon salesmen strolling along the lakefront path at Foster Beach are a favorite among younger residents.