Chicago Metro Area Real Estate


 chicago real estate, chicago homes for slaeChicago, Illinois, is the third most populous city in the nation. Its metropolitan area, also known as “Chicagoland“, is the third-largest in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles.

Chicago is the county seat of Cook County and a small portion of the city extends into DuPage County. The name “Chicago” is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, translated as “wild onion” or “wild garlic.”

Chicago covers 83 zip codes - see Chicago Zip Code Boundary Map.

Chicago IL Climate

The City of Chicago lies within the humid continental climate zone, and experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid. On average, there are 189 sunny days per year. The city gets 36 inches of rain per year and 28 inches of snowfall.  The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 124. The July highs are around 83 degrees and the January lows are around 18 degrees.

Chicago IL People

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As of 2012, Chicago’s population is 2,695,598 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -7.16 percent with 11,842 people per square mile (population density). The median age is 33.1.  31.20% of people in Chicago are married and 9.22% are divorced. The average household size is 2.52 people. 26.11% of people are married with children and 19.49% have children and are single.

Chicago IL Economy

Chicago supports local established businesses while helping to grow and develop new businesses and improving the quality of life in the city.  Chicago’s economy is based on manufacturing, printing and publishing, finance and insurance, and food processing as primary sectors.

The source of nationally distributed magazines, catalogs, educational materials, encyclopedias, and specialized publications, Chicago ranks second only to New York in the publishing industry. Chicago is also home to the Federal Reserve Bank, the Chicago Board of Trade, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Goods produced in Chicago include:  telephone equipment, musical instruments, surgical appliances, machinery, earth moving and agricultural equipment, steel, metal products, diesel engines, printing presses, office machines, radios and television sets, auto accessories, chemicals, soap, paint, food products and confections (considered to be the nations candy capital).  Chicago is considered to be a national transportation, industrial, telecommunications, and financial leader as well as a city of great architectural significance, ethnic diversity, and cultural wealth.

Population by Occupation:

  • Management, Business, and Financial Operations 14.34%
  • Professional and Related Occupations 21.14%
  • Service 15.78%
  • Sales and Office 26.63%
  • Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 0.09%
  • Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance 6.50%
  • Production, Transportation, and Material Moving 15.53%

Chicago IL Real Estate and Housing

Chicago Real Estate, Chicago Homes for SaleChicago offers a wide variety of new and resale properties.

Homes range from one and two-story homes, single family, duplex, condominiums, luxury real estate and properties with views.

Visit Trulia for current real estate market overview for Chicago Illinois real estate by neighborhood.

Chicago IL Schools and Education

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Chicago schools spend $4,569 per student. There are 20 pupils per teacher and 1,090 students per librarian.

Biggest Public Elementary/Middle Schools in Chicago:

  • Hedges Elementary School
  • Bateman Elementary School
  • Peterson Elementary School
  • Chavez Elementary Multicultural Acad Ct School
  • Spencer Elementary Math & Sci Academy School
  • Volta Elementary School
  • Hurley Elementary School
  • Seward Elementary Communication Arts Ac School
  • Daley Elementary Academy School
  • Brunson Math & Sci Specialty Elementary School

Biggest Public High Schools in Chicago:

  • Sullivan High School
  • King College Prep High School
  • Hancock College Preparatory High School
  • Aspira Charter High School
  • Payton College Preparatory High Schoolchicago real estate, chicago homes for sale
  • Jones College Prep High School
  • Phillips Academy High School
  • Brooks College Prep Academy High School
  • Noble Street Charter High School
  • Douglass Academy High School

Largest Universities/Colleges:

  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • DeVry University-Illinois
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College
  • Chicago State University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Robert Morris University Illinois
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College
  • Saint Xavier University
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College

Chicagao Real Estate, Chicago Homes for salePopulation by Education:

  • 2 yr College Grads. 4.60%
  • 4 yr College Grads. 16.06%
  • Graduate Degrees 10.47%
  • High School Grads. 72.21%

 Chicago IL Attractions

  • Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois
  • Andersonville Neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Albany Park Neighborhood Part of Colorful Chicago History
  • The United Center Hosts Chicago Sports and Much More
  • Lincoln Park Zoo Brings Wildlife to the City of Chicago
  • The Art Institute In Chicago, Illinois
  • Bobby’s Bike Hike in Chicago, Illinois
  • Cafy Iberico in Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago Place – Chicago, Illinois – Large Tower Block Featuring Shops and Restaurants
  • Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago Children’s Museum in Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago Food Planet Tours in Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago Midway International Airport – Chicago IL – Chicago Midway Flights Airport
  • Chicago Segway Tours in Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois
  • Cloud Gate in Chicago, Illinois
  • Devon Avenue in Chicago, Illinois
  • Ford City Mall – Chicago, Illinois – Shopping Center
  • Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinoischicago real estate, chicago homes for sale
  • Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois
  • Hancock Observatory and Tower in Chicago, Illinois
  • Hyde Park Neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Irving Park, Chicago, History and Community
  • Japonais Restaurant: Chicago, Illinois
  • The Jefferson Park Neighborhood, Chicago Undergoes Resurgence
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois
  • Lakeview Neighborhood In Chicago, Illinois
  • Legoland in Chicago, Illinois
  • Lincoln Park Zoo – Chicago, Illinois – zoo focusing on nature preservation location at the edge of a large city
  • With a Zoo, a Park, Clubs, Restaurants and Theater, You Have It All in Lincoln Park neighborhood, Chicago
  • Lincoln Park Neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Eclectic Architecture and Abundant Shopping Make the Magnificent Mile in Chicago a Must See
  • Marina City in Chicago, Illinois
  • McCormick Tribune Plaza and Ice Rink in Chicago, Illinois
  • Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
  • Millennium Park, Chicago – Built on Chicago Traditions of Excellence
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois
  • Navy Pier In Chicago, Illinois
  • O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Illinois
  • Pullman Historic District in Chicago, Illinois
  • Ravinia Park in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Rogers Park Neighborhood In Chicago, Illinois
  • Shedd Aquarium: Chicago, Illinois
  • Shoreline Sightseeing In Chicago, Illinois
  • Soldier Field – Chicago, Illinois – Home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears
  • Supernatural in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tango Sur in Chicago, Illinois
  • The Shops at North Bridge, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois
  • The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri
  • The Historical Society and Museum in Galena, Illinois
  • The Lincoln Square Neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • The Logan Square Neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • The Loop Neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
  • The Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois
  • The Sushi Samba Rio In Chicago, Illinois
  • Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois
  • U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois
  • UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
  • Water Tower Place, Chicago, Illinois
  • Wrigley Field in Chicago

Hospitals/Medical Centers in Chicago IL

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center chicago homes for sale, chicago real estate
  • Advocate Trinity Hospital
  • Holy Cross Hospital   
  • Jackson Park Hospital
  • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
  • John H Stroger JR Hosptial
  • Loretto Hosptial
  • Louis A Weiss Memorial Hosptial
  • Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • Methodist Hospital of Chicago
  • Mt Sanai Hosptial Medical Center   
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Norwegian-American Hospital   
  • Our Lady of the Resurrection Med CTR
  • Provident Hosptial of Chicago   
  • Resurrrection Medical Center
  • Roseland Community Hospital
  • Rush University Medical Center  
  • Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Saint Anthony Hospital   Cook County Illinois real estate cook County Illinois homes for sale
  • Saint Joseph Hospital
  • South Shore Hospital   
  • St Bernard Hospital
  • St Mary & Elizabeth Med CNT – Divsion Campus    
  • Swedish Covenant Hosptial
  •  University of Chicago Medical Ceneter
  • Thorek Memorial Hospital
  • University of Illinois Hospital

Chicago IL Transportation

The average one-way commute in Chicago takes 39 minutes. 49% of commuters drive their own car alone, 11% carpool with others, 28% take mass transit and 3% work from home.

Airports and heliports located in Chicago include:

Amtrak station: 225 S. CANAL ST. Chicago Union Station is designated as a top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012 by the American Planning Association for its design, architecture and utilization.

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Chicagoland Real Estate Experts

If you are thinking about selling  your Chicago IL home, we have years of experience and extensive training in cutting-edge, online marketing technologies for today’s competitive market. If you are behind on your mortgage and don’t know what to do, we are experts in Chicago IL short sales.

The first step in the selling process is to provide you with an in-depth comparative market analysis (CMA) on your home. We will then create a comprehensive online game plan to get your Chicago IL real estate in front of as many people as possible and get it sold as quickly as possible!

We also offer expertise in the home buying process, focusing on the Chicago area and surrounding Suburbs. Give us a call today for a list of Chicago IL homes for sale  that are currently available in your area of interest.

As an investor, we have several services available in the preparation for the sale of REO’S and Short Sale properties. This includes a variety of professional sub-contractors who can do whatever is needed to prepare the property for sale. Once the property is ready, we can also help you with your unique marketing needs.

Whether you are looking to buy, sell or invest, we offer Chicago IL real estateservices in the following counties, but not limited to:

We speak Spanish and Polish. Please give us a call today at 773.671.4663, or fill out the online contact form, and let us know how we can best serve your Chicago Metro real estate needs!

Adam Balawender, Realtor, CDPE
Real Estate Pro Chicago Re\max, City
Cell Phone: 773.671.4663

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