Chicago’s Most Populated Neighborhoods

Ever wonder which areas of Chicago are the most densely populated? Here’s your answer, and some of our favorite things about them.

Austin

via Flickr user Eden, Janine and Jim

via Flickr user Eden, Janine and Jim

While it may not have the best reputation, Austin has plenty to love when you dig a bit deeper. Some of the architecture in the area, especially in Galewood, is stunning and can’t be found anywhere else in the city. The rich history of the area, though much is shrouded in violence, is reason enough to become familiar with piece of the city.

Population: > 98,400

Lakeview

via Flickr user Shannon Kokoska

via Flickr user Shannon Kokoska

With the shoreline, easy accessibility, and proud diversity, it’s no wonder this area is so populated and vibrant. There are endless bars and restaurants, stores of all kinds for all kinds, and plenty of venues for concerts and performances. Be sure to look out for the many street fairs and festivals, and they’re also the larger area that makes up other favorites like Wrigleyville and Boystown.

Population: > 94,400

South Lawndale

via Flickr user Don Harder

via Flickr user Don Harder

If you’ve never been to this neighborhood, we suggest coming for Mexican Independence Day, when thousands come to see the parade on 26th Street. We also recommend seeing a show in the Marshall Square Theater, which was gorgeously designed in the art deco style. Indulge in fresh tortillas from El Milagro, visit the ethnic grocery stores and unbelievable bakeries, and grab something from a food cart!

Population: > 79,300

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