Chicago Downtown

The Midwest’s metropolitan heart and features many offerings for residents and visitors.

Welcome to Chicago Downtown

Chicago’s dynamic, urban city center
 
Chicago’s downtown is the Midwest’s metropolitan heart and features many offerings for residents and visitors. The neighborhood boasts the nation's best museums, parks, art, and architectural designs. The backdrop of tall buildings, skyscrapers, incredible bridges, and a unique urban vibe truly showcases this stunning Chicago enclave. 
 
Its central location makes it easily accessible, offering easy commutes to anywhere in the city, including Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Downtown has an excellent transit system as well, ensuring that visitors and residents alike can maneuver through the bustling area for work or play. Chicago’s downtown is very multicultural and boasts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year, honoring numerous cultures and heritages. 
 
Downtown Chicago is located along Lake Michigan and is the perfect spot to live for those who love a vibrant, urban atmosphere and a community teeming with iconic landmarks, cultural hotspots, delightful restaurants, and an array of shops and boutiques. 
 
Residential offerings in this neighborhood vary but are primarily brick walk-ups and luxury high-rises. Apartments and condominiums offer luxury amenities, plenty of square footage, and stunning views of the Chicago skyline.
 

What to Love

  • Stunning views of Lake Michigan
  • Easy access to anywhere in the city via public transportation 
  • A variety of shopping and dining options

Local Lifestyle

There’s so much to love about Chicago’s downtown area, from the gorgeous public parks with unique gardens and art to the exquisite light show at Buckingham Fountain — one of the largest fountains in America. Magnificent Mile is a famous district for locals and tourists, offering shopping, dining, and beautiful views. 
 
Take a picnic at Millenium Park as the sun sets and enjoy the iconic Chicago skyline, grab dinner along the river, attend Lollapalooza with tourists, or appreciate the stunning and dynamic architecture of the city. Residents enjoy an incredible assortment of museums, such as the Art Institute of Chicago and its renowned collection, the Shedd Aquarium, the Navy Pier, and much more. No matter where you live or what you spend your time doing, you’ll fall in love with Chicago’s downtown.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Downtown Chicago features an assortment of shopping and dining along the Magnificent Mile. You’ll find trendy restaurants, cocktail bars, quaint cafes, and boutique shops.
 
Beatnik on the River celebrates spirit and artistic legacy with a fusion of French, Italian, and Moroccan cuisine. The innovative flavor combinations and fresh ingredients will make your tastebuds sing. Pair your entree with a handcrafted cocktail to create the perfect culinary experience.
 
Monteverde Restaurant and Pastifico is a refined spot that blends traditional Italian fare and multicultural influences. Monteverde’s dishes use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and handcrafted pasta and are sure to please. Francois Frankie offers classic French cuisine with a stunning interior design centered around a New Orleans-inspired carousel bar. Try the mussels and frites or lobster tail ratatouille for a unique treat.
 
The Gage is an inventive spot near Millenium Park with rustic, refined fare and exceptional service. Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe also features views of the park and draws in large crowds eager to taste their delicious pancakes and breakfast staples. Arrive early, as lines often wrap around the block.
 

Things to Do

Downtown Chicago provides residents with an ample amount of entertainment and recreational offerings. This neighborhood has it all, whether you’re in the mood to explore local history, appreciate unique art and statues, or attend live music shows.
 
Untitled by Picasso is an eye-catching sculpture that dominates the Loop’s Daley Plaza. Standing roughly 50 feet tall, this statue makes for an exciting centerpiece and lively conversation about what it represents. Before exploring the rest of the plaza, make sure to get a picture of this intricate piece of artwork. 
 
The Willis Tower Skydeck, or Sears Tower, is one of the highest observation deck’s in the United States and stands at 1,353 feet. Step onto the glass-walled and floored ledge for an extra adrenaline boost and a unique view of the city skyline. Afterward, stop at the Historic Route 66 Sign, just off East Adams and South Michigan Avenue, for a quick photograph. One of the world's most well-known and iconic highways, immortalized across many mediums, begins and ends in the Loop.
 
Grant Park is a beautiful 319-acre natural space along Lake Michigan that offers wide, walkable boulevards, flower gardens, fountains, monuments, and a skate park. This park blends with three others inside its boundaries — Millennium, Maggie Daley, and Hutchinson Field. Many food and music festivals are held here annually, including Lollapalooza, a four-day music festival featuring a vast musical lineup and plenty of fun for everyone.
 

Schools

Residents of Chicago Downtown attend Chicago Public Schools.
 
 
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Overview for Chicago Downtown, IL

2,742,120 people live in Chicago Downtown, where the median age is 35.1 and the average individual income is $41,821. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

2,742,120

Total Population

35.1 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$41,821

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Chicago Downtown, IL

Chicago Downtown has 1,112,580 households, with an average household size of 2.41. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Chicago Downtown do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,742,120 people call Chicago Downtown home. The population density is 12,041.1 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

2,742,120

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

35.1

Median Age

48.79 / 51.21%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
1,112,580

Total Households

2.41

Average Household Size

$41,821

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Marital Status

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Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Chicago Downtown, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby Chicago Downtown. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Kennedy High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Blair Early Childhood Center
PUBLIC
PreK - 2nd
No rating available
Dore Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
Kinzie Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Byrne Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
Hale Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 9th
2/5
St Daniel The Prophet School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Dawes Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Grimes Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Twain Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Sandoval Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Academy for Global Citizenship
PUBLIC
K - 9th
1/5
Hernandez Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Gloria Dei Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Queen Of The Universe School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Bede The Venerable
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Christina School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Gall Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Our Lady Of The Snows School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Teddy Bear Nursery School #3
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
No rating available
Owen Elementary Scholastic Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
Pasteur Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
2/5
Peck Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
2/5
Curie Metropolitan High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Lee Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
Hancock College Preparatory High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Hampton Elementary Fine & Perf Arts School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Chicago High School for Agricult Sciences
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Durkin Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Azuela Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Pathways in Education Brighton Park
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
St Jane De Chantal School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Eberhart Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
1/5
Edwards Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Mount Greenwood Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Sawyer Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 10th
2/5
Ashburn Community Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Solorio Academy High School
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
2/5
Acero Charter School Network - SPC Daniel Zizumbo Campus
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
Acero Charter School Network - Jovita Idar
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
Pathways in Education Ashburn
PUBLIC
2nd - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Mary Star Of The Sea School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Bede-Venerable School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Little Learners Preschool
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Cassell Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 9th
3/5
Hearst Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Hurley Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
Stevenson Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 9th
1/5
Tonti Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Columbia Explorers Elementary Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Tarkington Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Goode STEM Academy High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Richardson Middle School
PUBLIC
5th - 9th
2/5
Acero Charter School Network - Major Hector P Garcia MD Campus
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Acero Charter School Network Victoria Soto Campus
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Acero Charter School Network - PFC Omar E Torres Campus
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
3/5
St Bruno Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Los Pequenos Angelitos
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
St Nicholas Tolentine School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Owens Community Academy Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
White Elementary Career Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Colemon J Elementary Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
No rating available
Dubois Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Higgins Elementary Community Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Brown R Elementary Community Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Chicago Collegiate Charter School
PUBLIC
4th - 12th
1/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Grissom Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Aldridge Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Southeast Area Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
Carver Primary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Metcalfe Elementary Community Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Gallistel Elementary Language Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Betty Shabazz International Charter School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
1/5
Carnegie Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 10th
2/5
Kenwood Academy High School
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
4/5
Chicago Vocational Career Academy High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Washington H Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
South Shore International Col Prep High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
YCCS-Sullivan House Alt High School
PUBLIC
5th - 12th
No rating available
Univ of Chicago Charter-Woodlawn
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
2/5
CICS - Avalon/South Shore
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
Art in Motion Charter School
PUBLIC
7th - 9th
No rating available
Univ Of Chicago Lab School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Cambridge School Of Chicago
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
Avalon Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Caldwell Elementary Academy of Math & Sci
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Clay Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Coles Elementary Language Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Carver Military Academy High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Earhart Elementary Opt for Knowl School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
Poe Elementary Classical School
PUBLIC
K - 7th
5/5
Smith W Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Murray Elementary Language Academy
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
Ray Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 9th
2/5
Reavis Elementary Math & Sci Special School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Taylor Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Ninos Heroes Elementary Academic Center
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Powell Elementary Paideia Community Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
EPIC Academy High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Camelot Safe Academy School
PUBLIC
4th - 12th
No rating available
YCCS-Olive Harvey Mid College High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Our Lady Of Guadalupe School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Thomas The Apostle
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Wee Care Nursery School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
St Jude Educational Institute
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Hitch Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Wildwood Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Edison Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
Immaculate Conception School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Resurrection College Prep High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Eugene Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Ebinger Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Norwood Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Beard Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 3rd
No rating available
Ombudsman Chicago Northwest
PUBLIC
5th - 12th
No rating available
Brickton Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Montessori Learning Center Of Edison Park
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
2nd - 12th
No rating available
Fantasy Island School For Kids
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Garvy J Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
Oriole Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
St Thecla Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Onahan Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Smyser Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
4/5
Dirksen Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Stock Early Childhood Center
PUBLIC
PreK - 1st
No rating available
St Mary Of The Woods School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Darwin Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
LaSalle Elementary Language Academy
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
Lincoln Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 9th
5/5
Mayer Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 9th
5/5
Mitchell Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Moos Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Ogden Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 9th
3/5
Stowe Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Wells Community Academy High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
West Park Elementary Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
North-Grand High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Polaris Elementary Charter Academy
PUBLIC
K - 9th
1/5
LaSalle II Lang Academy Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Chicago High School for the Arts
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
CICS - Bucktown Campus
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
CICS - Quest North Campus
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Acero Charter School Network - Esmeralda Santiago Campus
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
Holy Trinity High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Near North Montessori
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Salem Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St James Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
British International School Of Chicago Lincoln P
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Nobel Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
De Diego Elementary Community Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Cameron Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Chase Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
Columbus Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Goethe Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
Newberry Elementary Math & Science Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Clemente Community Academy High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Yates Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Ward L Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
Payton College Preparatory High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
McAuliffe Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Erie Elementary Charter School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
No rating available
Orr Academy High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Skinner North Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 9th
5/5
Noble St Charter-Golder College Prep
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
1/5
Noble St Charter-Noble Campus
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Pathways in Education - Humboldt Park High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Good Shepherd Christian Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Prologue Early College
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
Fusion Academy Lp: Chicago- Lincoln Park
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Nixon Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Chopin Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Drummond Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Franklin Elementary Fine Arts Center
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
Lozano Elementary Bilingual & International Center
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
Manierre Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 9th
1/5
Talcott Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Mozart Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available