As many have said. There are some issues that Realtors can not be involve with because of possible violations of state, federal, or local laws. So, in the real estate business; there is no such thing as a good area or a bad area.
That being said. The reason that it would seem that mostly the south and west sides of Chicago accept section 8-a owner of a property on the Gold Coast of Chicago does not need to rent his/her property section 8. The more popular the location the less there is a need to accept section 8.This is also true in their use of realtors-they do not need a realtor to rent that property which is in a poplar location. Gold coast is also an expensive place to live. Not many services that would cater to those who would be using section 8. The income level would also be prohibitive to those who need section 8 for housing in an area like the Gold Coast.
So let;s try moving to a more middle class area, Andersonville. Many of the same restrictions--as in the Gold Coast. There is no reason or incentive to rent section 8. There are more people looking to move into the area then there is housing. As a landlord you can avoid all the silly that the government plays with their section 8 money. No red tape or inspections or interference from the government. Sounds like America. There are times in which people need to go to a realtor to rent their properties.This again would not be the case.
Which brings us to the South Side- West Side. Tons of housing. Some in poor condition. The government program is the best way to rent those houses. No real competition. Low income levels, with services close by. Section 8 is a God send to many landlords on the South and West sides. Ugly houses, ugly locations and sometimes ugly pricing. Reasons for section 8 ; and reasons one has to use a Realtor.
Section 8 is a program that the whole city could benefit from. But, management firms and realtors and landlords make their decisions based in reality fo the current economic situation. Bam, able to explain it without violation of the Fair Housing Rules.