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Nestled between a smattering of communities serving as Chicago’s cultural melting pot, the West Side delivers an authentic experience through its restaurants, architecture and independent specialty shops. In recent years, the West Side has gone through a vast socioeconomic transition, making way for wealthier neighborhood conveniences with the grit of more traditional, blue-collar communities. Listed below are some of most well-known neighborhoods in Chicago’s West Side:

● Humboldt Park

Once playing a crucial role in Chicago’s Polish Community, Humboldt Park is community recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture and the Humboldt Park Stables and Receptory are just some points of interest for visitors.

● Lower West Side

Located just three miles from the Chicago Loop, the Lower West Side community features the historic Pilsen neighborhood, known for its ethnic vibrancy. The area’s wealth of Czech, German, Irish and Hispanic immigrants make for delicious restaurants and specialty grocers.

● Wicker Park

Widely known as a young, hip neighborhood, Wicker Park features numerous independent art stores and niche businesses. With a vibrant nightlife and music scene, the Wicker Park area features some of Chicago’s most highly rated restaurants and unique concert venues.