Chicago, and more specifically Wicker Park has received some internet love, as a K-12 school and college research/data site, Niche, has recently named Chicago the fourth best city in the nation for millennials and Wicker Park the best nabe in the Windy City for Generation Y'ers.
So what are the things that make a city or a neighborhood an ideal place for young people to call home? According to Niche, the criteria involved cities "with top-notch cultural attractions and thriving nightlife" and neighborhoods within those cities that have "a high percentage of 25 to 34 year olds, high income, diversity, education levels, low rates of unemployment and crime". Ironically, (get it?) Forbes named Wicker Park the 4th best neighborhood in the nation for hipsters just a couple of years ago. However we believe that nearby Logan Square is edging in on Wicker Park's lead as the go-to place for younger people due to its lower rents and plethora of service industry jobs.
· 25 Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials [Niche]
· Previous Wicker Park coverage [Curbed Chicago]
· Previous Gentrification Watch coverage [Curbed Chicago]