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!
Logan Square walked away as the victor of the Curbed Cup competition last year, but will the northwest side neighborhood be able to pull off a repeat win? The neighborhood had yet another big year on the development front, although many of the big projects didn't come without some criticism or even protest. Over 1,000 rental units are planned for the neighborhood, with hundreds of these proposed apartments already on the way. Heavy equipment and scaffolding can be seen down at various sites on Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton and Western avenues. Even the historic (but decaying) Congress Theater is finally getting some much needed attention. The neighborhood is going through some growing pains, but it is certainly no doubt one with proud residents.
The Loop is another one of those neighborhoods that has been experiencing many changes over the last few years. For one, the area is gaining new residents faster than any other neighborhood as thousands of people fill up the plethora of new rental units that have been built in the downtown neighborhood in the last few years. While it may be know as the central business hub of the city, other nearby downtown neighborhoods like River North and Fulton Market are quickly gaining reputations for becoming the centers of Chicago's tech boom. With many new hotel offerings and rental towers either recently delivered or scheduled to open in the next year, the Loop is becoming much more residential feeling, but its new attractions like Maggie Daley Park and the Chicago Riverwalk extension are drawing tourists and office workers to parts of the neighborhood where they might not have been commonly seen before.