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Chicago Neighborhood Guide

Chicago has long been lauded as an exciting city and destination. Situated on the Great Lakes, it offers a lot of entertainment and outdoor recreational opportunities as well. Chicago is known for its music and art scene as well as some great cuisine.

Highland Park

The impressive 86-year-old Highland Park Theater is a great way to spend some time if you are looking for entertainment at $7 a ticket! Follow-up a show with a treat from Baker Boys, who claim to have the best cheesecake in the world.

A show at Ravinia is not to be missed if you love music. A variety of well-known musicians plays this easy to find venue. Classical music fans will enjoy a show featuring The Chicago Symphony Orchestra or a contemporary artist such as Sarah McLachlan.

Lincoln Square

Music is one of the central themes of this neighborhood as well as a legacy of German heritage. You will be close to Laurie's Planet of Sound for the vinyl fan.

Lake Theater is a treat for those that enjoy films. The 76-year-old theater shows an array of arthouse and documentary films in it's fabulous vintage art deco interior.

The foodie will be in love with the Marion Street Cheese Market. Fantastic wines and cheeses can be purchased and consumed right at the market or you can take some treats home with you.

Oak Park

Lovers of the Arts & Crafts Movement will be right at home in Oak Park. Once home to Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright, this historic neighborhood is teeming with well-maintained homes made with superior craftsmanship.Within four blocks you can see ten stunning homes designed by the famous architect. After a stroll, you can find a great book at The Book Table, which boasts more than 60,000 volumes.

Hemingway's birthplace is a museum dedicated to artifacts and information about the famous author.

Abundant Options

Chicago has far too many great neighborhoods to detail in one article. Finding the right neighborhood for you might involve spending some time exploring a few that you are not familiar with. When it comes to your retirement, it is important to make sure you are choosing a place you can be comfortable with for the long term.

Being close to amenities is one thing, but you need to make sure that you will be able to take part in things that are appealing to you. In Chicago, the problem is more in finding the time to do all the fun things you want to than struggling to find something of interest to you or a significant other. Another popular neighborhood is the Lake Shore district.

If you anticipate younger members of your family visiting often, then you will find no shortage of fun to be had. No matter what their interests, there is something for everyone in Chicago. Public transportation is readily available so you can enjoy almost anything without the hassle or expense of owning a car. Chicago is an affordable urban retirement opportunity with too many options to be put into one list.

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