The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Chicago neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious victory. For this week, we'll introduce two matchups per day, and on Friday, the results from the tournament bracket will be revealed. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!
The Edgewater neighborhood is one of the most densely populated in the city of Chicago and the area features a wide range of residences and residents. From the antique shops and popular dining spots in Andersonville to the Kathy Osterman (aka Hollywood) Beach, the neighborhood also offers plenty of things to do. While houses and condos in Andersonville may be quite pricey, deals can be found elsewhere in the large neighborhood. And as the real estate market has all but bounced back from the deep freeze of the recession, a pair of stalled projects for the neighborhood have resurfaced and may actually make an appearance in the coming years.
Pilsen is one of those areas that people feel very strongly about one way or another. Much of this can be attributed to the pace at which the neighborhood is changing. Similar to Humboldt Park, some Pilsen residents have become very vocal about their opposition to new developments and small businesses that they believe represent displacement. Some have even gone so far as to vandalize the storefronts of local businesses. However, the neighborhood is still quite affordable and is easy to get to from the Loop. Hundreds of new rental units are being planned for the neighborhood, which could bring hundreds of new residents to the area.