Chicago’s Andersonville Neighborhood is bordered by Argyle, Bryn Mawr, Magnolia Street and Ravenswood Avenue. Andersonville is a traditionally Swedish neighborhood which still contains many Swedish restaurants and businesses as well as the Swedish American Center Museum. The Andersonville neighborhood has experienced a surge of development during the early 2000s and is continuing to grow. Andersonville is now considered one of Chicago’s “hot” neighborhoods. It also enjoys nationwide renown for its unique commercial district, mostly along Clark Street, comprised almost entirely of locally owned, independent businesses, including many European-style bakeries and cafes, boutique shops, art galleries, small furniture stores and more. In 2004, there was an economic study conducted in this beautiful neighborhood that was reported in newspapers worldwide. It demonstrated what Andersonville locals have known for a long time: that the locally owned businesses are a crucial part of Andersonville’s vitality and quality of life, returning far more to the community in economic benefits and neighborhood involvement than would non-local businesses. Communities everywhere now look to emulate Andersonville as a model of a thriving urban neighborhood. Andersonville’s real estate profile consists primarily of single family residences, 2-Flats and 3-Flats. There are very few larger buildings in this neighborhood which helps to maintain its quaint small-town feel.
Edgewater is bordered by Foster Avenue, Devon Avenue, Ravenswood Avenue, and Lake Michigan. Edgewater is a well-established Chicago neighborhood with several different areas with distinctive profiles. Many quiet, tree-lined streets make up most of the real estate in Edgewater, with single-family residences, 2-Flats, 3-Flats and 4-Flats. Edgewater’s lakefront real estate includes several high-rise towers, most of which are condominium residences built over the last half a century, offering spectacular views of Lake Michigan and easy beach access. Edgewater provides the endpoint of both Lincoln Park, Chicago’s beautiful lakefront park spanning seven miles to downtown, and Lake Shore Drive. The Bryn Mawr historic district has many small businesses and restaurants, has become one of Chicago’s destination spots and is a central point of this great neighborhood. To the South, at Sheridan, near Foster, there also remains a private tennis, pool, and three par golf country club, from the days when this area was dominated by mansions and the famous Edgewater Beach Hotel.