7.3 out of 10

West Goethe St, Near North Side

41.905703112866 -87.6360260460241
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • No ratings yet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Old Town Haven"

Perhaps ten years ago, when several of the residential units were built, this street had a different reputation. Goethe dead ends at Sedgwick, which is home to the subsidized Marshall Fields Garden Apartments and a large women's shelter. Not a place to be walking alone at night. However, with the tear-down of Cabrini Green, the addition of a Dominick's-anchored retail center, a Starbucks (Goethe has arrived!), and beautiful townhomes/single family homes, Goethe is now a happening spot in the heart of Old Town. Wells Street, just to the east, has great shopping, restaurants and nightlife, and conveniences (banks, dry cleaners, salons) as well. The neighborhood is known for being quirky and a little hippie, but is quickly being taken over by yuppies and their kids. Franklin Magnet School borders Goethe and has a great baseball park, as well as a playground. Public transportation abounds, with bus lines just to the east on LaSalle, Clark and Dearborn, and multiple subway lines within a 2-3 block walk. Four blocks from the lake and six blocks from the zoo - what more could someone living in the city want?
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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