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! (And no cheatin'!)
Lincoln Square and Bridgeport aren't traditional rivals, but maybe that's what makes this pairing so delightful. You've got an established North Side neighborhood with an older population going toe-to-toe with an arty South Side 'hood that appears to be on the rise. When he nominated it, Eric Rojas noted that Lincoln Square has gotten some streetscape improvements and that new businesses are coming to the area, which is already flush with high-quality retail. Lincoln Square ranks among the city's most stable neighborhoods, and some new-construction single-families have been added to the area.
For its part, Bridgeport is changing, albeit rather slowly. Stearns Quarry was recently converted to Palmisano Park; a handful of new businesses have opened on Halsted (most notably, Nana); ground recently broke on a new single-family development; and to our amazement, Dubin is still talking about the Lofts at Bridgeport Place.