In northern Chicago, bordering Lake Michigan and Loyola University, Edgewater Beach is the name given to the subdivision of Edgewater east of Broadway. Home to the Bryn Mawr Historic District, Edgewater Beach shares official census data with the larger Edgewater neighborhood, where median household income is $43,331. One can expect income to be higher in Edgewater Beach, due to the density of luxury apartments, newer developments and convenient access to Lake Shore Drive as well as the ‘L’ train. Even considering the affluent moniker, a rental apartment with a view of the water can be found for around $1,500, although luxury units are closer to $2,000.
The historic Lake View Township gave birth to Edgewater in the late 1800’s when developers moved north from Chicago, looking for opportune places to make better homes. In 1870 Loyola University was founded on the edge of northern Edgewater Beach, and played a large part in the area’s development and allure, just as it does today. Edgewater became one of Chicago’s most prestigious communities by the early 1900’s, owed to the beautiful lakefront offerings of Edgewater Beach. One such offering was the ‘sunset yellow’ colored Edgewater Beach Hotel, opened in 1916. The complex was expanded in 1928 with the ‘sunset pink’ colored Edgewater Beach Apartments. The hotel building was razed in 1968, but the Edgewater Beach Apartment building, with its famous pink façade, still stands today as part of the Bryn Mawr Historic District.
Edgewater Beach is known for its high-rise residential apartments, beautiful views of downtown, and of course, the beaches. There are multiple beaches and parks in Edgewater: the Osterman (Hollywood) Beach, Foster Beach, Berger Park, and George Lane Park. Many Loyola University students call Edgewater Beach home, loving the affordable apartments, easy access to the Red line of the CTA, and abundance of great food.
Compared to other neighborhoods of Chicago, Edgewater is safer than 75% of them, in regards to occurrences of violent crimes. It’s pretty safe to assume that members of the neighborhood’s exclusive Saddle & Cycle Club, formed in 1898, intend to keep the crime low, but they don’t do the same for rent prices.
Coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants dot Sheridan Road. If you’re looking for a place to study and have an exquisite cappuccino, try the Metropolis Coffee Company, they offer beans for home as well. Walk a few blocks east and you’ll find Berger Park. Also on Granville Ave is ‘Dak’, known for their delicious Korean BBQ chicken. Check out ‘Tweet’ for amazing brunch foods before a day at the beach. The Hollywood Beach forms the tip of Lincoln Park and is considered very LGBT-friendly.