Choosing where to live is difficult no matter what stage of life you’re in. However, it gets even tougher when you’re looking for family-friendly neighborhoods. You may think compromising is the only way you can find the right neighborhood for your family in Chicago.

However, you can find the best Chicago neighborhood for your family if you do your homework. Don’t know where to start?

Here are the top five family-friendly neighborhoods you should consider when moving to Chicago.

1. Beverly

Beverly made our list based on its low crime rate and amenities. This neighborhood offers a small town homey feel only 30 minutes away from the heart of the city.

The median home value for homes in this neighborhood is $334,900 while the median listing price is $372,400. Homes in this area appreciated 1.8% last year, while experts forecast a 1.6% home value appreciation within the next year.

Beverly offers a wide array of housing options from newly built homes to mansions. If you’re considering renting a Beverly home, the rent price may be around $2,035, which is over the city median of $1,691.

This neighborhood offers a wide variety of restaurant options from Caribbean to Italian fare. Beverly is also home to arts and culture amenities, such as The Beverly Arts Center of Chicago and The John H. Vanderpoel Art Association.

2. Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square is your best option if you want to hit the city by just hopping on the train. This neighborhood made our list based on its accessibility to the city and diverse shopping options. It’s home to many authentic restaurants and local independent shops giving it a small town vibe.

The median home value for properties in this neighborhood is $329,400, which is higher than the city median of $230,400. The median rent price in Lincoln Square is around $1,933 which is over the city median of $1,691.

This area features great amenities such as the Welles Gideon, Winnemac, and River Parks for family-friendly sports and outdoor activities. While the cost of renting or buying a home in this neighborhood may be higher than the city average, you’ll live in a family-friendly area while having easy access to the hustle and bustle of the city.

3. Edgewater

Edgewater is a vivid neighborhood that sits beside Lake Michigan. It’s a diverse community that features some of the most historic Chicago streets. This neighborhood made our list based on its diversity and great affordable housing options that range from single-family homes to condos.

The median home value in Edgewater is $275,900, while the median listing price is $248,900 turning it into one of the most affordable areas in our list. Home values in this neighborhood appreciated 3.2% during the last year while experts forecast a 0.9% home value appreciation within next year.

Edgewater’s median rent price is $1,395 which is below the city median. This housing market is leaning toward the seller’s side making it difficult for buyers to find great deals.

This neighborhood offers a wide array of family-friendly activities from water-filled activities at Osterman Beach and the Chicago River to indoor activities at Broadway Armory Park, the largest indoor recreation facility in the city. Edgewater is also home to a wide variety of restaurant options including Korean, Mexican, American Comfort Food, among other cuisines.

4. Bucktown

If you’re looking for a balance between urban and suburban cultures, Bucktown may be your best choice. It offers a family-friendly environment that’s close to the heart of the city. This neighborhood made our list based on its central location and a wide variety of housing options from affordable condos to single-family homes.

Bucktown’s median home value is $464,100, while the median rent price is around $2,204. While it isn’t the cheapest neighborhood in our list, its central location makes it a dream come true for families looking to live in the heart of the city.

The neighborhood features small parks such as the Bloomingdale Trail. Bucktown is also home to a variety of restaurants and shopping options.

5. Sauganash

Sauganash is home to comfortable single-family homes and historic architecture. This neighborhood is located on the North Side of Chicago. It made our list based on its great remarks on safety and features such as a wide variety of shops and parks.

The median home value in this neighborhood is $407,700 while the median listing price is $614,900. When it comes to renting, the median rent price in Sauganash is $2,364. The high pricing for renting and buying homes in this neighborhood make it the most expensive in our list.

Outdoor amenities such as the Sauganash Trail and the Sauganash Mural motivates its residents to live an active lifestyle. The neighborhood is only 20 minutes away from downtown and features train stations for accessible public transportation.

While searching for the best neighborhood for your family may seem almost impossible, you can find the best family-friendly housing option. Seeking guidance from a local realtor such as one of our Clever Partner Agents is the first step to find the right property. Our Partner Agents can help you buy your home in the best Chicago family-friendly neighborhood and even save through our home buyer rebate program.