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Why Edgewater is the Perfect Place to Call Home on Chicago’s NorthSide

Posted March 31, 2023

Looking for the next new hot spot to set up camp and call home? Edgewater is one of Chicago’s farthest North Side neighborhoods and is up and coming with great businesses, restaurants, and, most importantly, walkability to the beach. This neighborhood is in full swing, rich with culture, cool people, and great vibes! Check out our list of reasons Edgewater is the perfect place to call your new home

Shopping & Things to do 

Thrifting & Flowers 

With Spring here and summer around the corner, sidewalk and window shopping is back! One of the most desirable things about living in the city is the walkability to restaurants and shops and Edgewater is perfect for this! With the community supporting the number of shops available, you have everything you might want or need within a short distance. This time of year, the plant stores, boutiques, and specialty shops come alive and Chicagoans’ spring cleaning means the thrift stores are FULL. A few of our Edgewater favorites are Green Element Resale, Broadway Antique Market, and the Gethsemane Garden Center. 

The Beach

Everyone is dying to live off the beautiful Lake Michigan, and if you move to Edgewater, your chances improve significantly. geteasymove.com says, “One of the five Great Lakes of North America, Lake Michigan is a major tourist attraction in Chicago, and by moving to Edgewater, you get the opportunity to live close to the lake and enjoy the beauty and charm that this popular destination adds to the area.” Located right off the water, the location is amazing for people who want to get outside every day they can. With Hollywood and Foster Beach in easy walking distance, you will be able to stroll to some of the North Side’s best beaches. 

Live Theater  

Two of the best spots in Chicago to catch live theater, Raven Theatre and The Edge Theater, pull residents and visitors to Edgewater. With professional shows at an affordable price, the shows they put on range from classics to modern and everything in between. Raven Theatre’s website says they are in their “39th year of providing revivals of modern dramas and thought-provoking new works to the Northside Chicago community, as well as theatrical education to the children and schools in the surrounding neighborhoods”. 

The Edge Theater boasts “musical theatre, straight plays, dance performances, storytelling, concerts, world premieres, and works in progress. We are honored to have so many artists use The Edge Theater to tell their stories, teach their craft, and grow their community.”


J.B Alberto’s 

A truly underrated gem, J.B. Alberto’s pizza is the favorite of Edgewater since 1965. Every pie starts with its own unique handcrafted dough, sauce made that same day, fresh cut produce and 100% mozzarella that is hand-shredded daily. Feeding a gang at home? The Giant 24″ (452.39 square inches) is Chicago’s Largest Delivered Pizza!

Lickety Split Frozen Custard 

Every day is a candy day, frozen custard day, and pastry day! This This retro-style frozen custard and candy shop carries an assortment of gourmet chocolate, a huge assortment of retro candy and has a full espresso bar featuring Chicago’s own Metropolis Coffee.

Más allá del Sol 

Sister Restaurant to Michelin Bib Gourmand rated Los Nopales in Lincoln Square, Más allá del Sol is a step up, emphasizing on Chef Adan Moreno’s creativity and his take on Mexican dishes., There’s steak, fish and shrimp prepared using recipes from various regions of Mexico, and seasonal specials. Chef Adan’s experiments with herbs, spices, and interesting fruits and vegetables is always an incredible experience!

Pearl’s Southern Comfort 

Pearl’s Southern Comfort explores Southern cuisine heavily influenced by flavors that raised Kansas Chef Danny Beck. While Cajun and Creole staples do grace the menu, the Carolina pulled pork, St. Louis-style spare ribs and Kansas City Burger round out the menu in a way that widens your expectations when you think of Southern cuisine. The MICHELIN Guide says, “Chicago’s been on a Southern food kick of late, and this sparkling charmer is a straight up hepcat. Its enormous arched windows open up to a completely revamped 100 year-old room, featuring long exposed ceiling beams, whitewashed brick, dark slate walls, and soft leather chairs. But even with all that design swag, the main draw at Pearl’s Southern Comfort is still the food.”


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