The Curbed Cup, Curbed Chicago's annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament, is kicking off with eight (quarter)finalists, who will square off in a series of one-on-one matchups. Voting for each matchup will be open for 24 hours, or until the next matchup is posted. Let the voting begin!
In one corner, we have Lincoln Park, a traditional heavyweight of the North Side. In the other, we have the South Loop, a neighborhood that crashed so hard after a period of rapid development that one real estate agent inexplicably described it as "the Sycamore or Moline of Chicago." Last week, South Loop residents celebrated the news that Trader Joe's would open a new location at Wabash and Roosevelt. Lincoln Parkers, meanwhile, enjoy such an embarrassment of riches that people take to the streets to protest the 'invasion' of new grocery stores. Construction was completed on One Museum Park West, a new South Loop high-rise, earlier this year. In Lincoln Park, construction is currently underway on the high-end Lincoln Park 2520 high-rise.
On the dining and retail fronts, Lincoln Park appears to have a clear advantage. The North Side 'hood is home to some of the city's great restaurants and shopping districts, and it just got a much-hyped Apple store with a rehabbed subway station. South Loop residents are still waiting for Centrum Properties to make good on their promise to bring retail to Roosevelt Collection.