Far removed from the hustle and bustle of some of Chicago's electric neighborhoods such as Lincoln Park, Lakeview or the Gold Coast the Northwest Side serves as a subdued and affordable alternative to lakefront living. Comprised of a variety of residential communities, the region provides those looking for Northwest side apartment rentals with easy access to the CTA Brown and Blue trains lines and both 90 and 94 expressways.
If you are considering an apartment for rent on the Northwest side your search might include the neighborhoods of Avondale, Albany Park, Irving Park, Old Irving Park, Portage Park, and Jefferson Park. These areas are relatively quiet and made up of single family homes, flats, and courtyard buildings. Its main avenues boast a collection of hidden gems that are typically overlooked by tourists, but always taken advantage of by residents. Constructed in 1920, The Portage Theater on Milwaukee Avenue is home to the Silent Summer Film Festival and screens numerous other off-beat films throughout the year. The nationally renown Hot Doug's (closed fall 2014) on California Avenue is one of Chicago's most unique dining experiences, selling delectable gourmet sausages made out of exotic game (there's always a line, so get their early!). The Abbey Pub off of Elston Avenue is one of Chicago's best live music venues, playing host to an vast array of genres from electro-rock to bluegrass.
The Northwest side is a wonderful area to live and explore, making it one of Chicago's most affordable neighborhood areas!