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.
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Edgewater Beach is located within 60660. This area currently has 41,490 residents in 20,329 households. Out of the total population, 30.47% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 37.1.
When looking at residents older than 25, 17.80% have graduated from high school, 30.28% have a bachelor's degree, and 21.18% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 63% and the median income in this zipcode is $43,794.
At least 63.89% of those living in this zipcode rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 36.9 minutes.
Geographically, 60660 is a part of Cook County, Illinois. This county is currently home to 5,227,575 residents, or 1,951,606 households with a median income of $56,902. Cook County, Illinois residents have a median age of 36.1 and 43.37% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Cook County, Illinois is a part of the greater Chicago, IL - IN Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The Chicago, IL - IN Urban Area is currently home to a population 8,672,319 across 3,153,810 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $63,064 and median age of 36.6. In general, at least 36.73% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.