The Final Four neighborhoods are here, and all top four seeds nearly made it through. In the last match up, No. 7 Uptown pulled out all the stops to knock out the No. 2 West Loop and Fulton Market which was a bit of a surprise.
The West Loop and Fulton Market are arguably Chicago’s fastest growing and developing neighborhood—but it looks like that was not enough to beat former 2-time champ Uptown. In a tournament where most of the heavy hitters have made it through, it’s nice to see a mid-tier seed advance to shake things up in the Final Four.
Last year Woodlawn pulled off a major win for the South Side, marking an upward trend of neighborhood’s banning together for a strong vote. As the No. 1 seed this year, the neighborhood has continued to advance despite going up against some other big contenders.
Logan Square has had a great run so far, and was able to make it past Wicker Park and Bucktown. The two neighborhoods offer similar strengths in terms of restaurants, shopping and entertainment—although Logan Square is a bit more affordable for now. Wicker Park and Bucktown may have reached their peak coolness, while Logan Square remains on the upward swing.
The South Loop, with all of its major development and high-rises sprouting up, forced out Edgewater in the competition. The South Loop garnered nearly 70 percent of the vote, making this one of the only matches that wasn’t determined by a few percentage points.
Stay tuned next week for the Final Four round of voting. Will your neighborhood make it to the Finals? Here’s how the bracket stands now.