, Albany Park, Chicago, IL
I live in Albany Park, having moved here after residing in the Edgewater area for 20 plus years. I never thought I'd adjust to this neighborhood but I have and I love it! Here in Albany Park there's that "everyone's excepted" vibe. Neighbors say hello and actual eye contact is made while walking down the street. We chat over here, whether it be while barbecuing on the back deck or doing yard work out front. While there are no big supermarkets, there are plenty of smaller markets where you kind find nearly everything you want. There are also many restaurants that are within walking distance and then there are scads of restaurants over in Lincoln Square one mile away. It's absolutely a walking neighborhood and it's gorgeous! My neighborhood is SAFE, I suppose mostly because neighbors are always outside and know each other. I have a car but rarely use it, living just two blocks from the el. And my trips to see family in the north burbs take only a half an hour versus 45 minutes or more when I lived in Edgewater. I love, love, love it here. It is a great community and it's small enough so that the shop and restaurant owners know your name. Two thumbs up for my wonderful neighborhood! May my home value increase in the coming years.