5.9 out of 10

Chatham

41.7429693030676 -87.6170410507759
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parking
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Mar 19, 2016

"Lots of rich History"

Chatham has old bones that are deeply rooted in this resourceful neighborhood. Block clubs are plentiful and pride in ownership is displayed widely throughout. With plenty of community resources this neighborhood is great for a young person just starting out independently or a family looking for somewhere to call home.
Pros
  • Great for access to public transportation
  • Community Resources
  • Affordable housing
Cons
  • Parking is scarce
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Proud African American community with many locally owned businesses"

Chatham is a predominantly African American neighborhood with a strong base of families in the residences, with many locally owned businesses in the area. Home prices are at what I would consider the best range for the city, as it is an affordable area without being so cheap that it brings in the wrong crowd. The lowest priced areas of the city tend to also be the highest in crime, but Chatham doesn't have that problem. No doubt you could have a problem here with some relatively unsafe times, but not so bad that you really need to worry about it.

Dining tends to be American and laid back. There are a few good Barbeque places to have dinner, and I tend to like the atmosphere. I'm a big fan of good old-fashioned cooking, and you can find plenty of that in Chatham.

Nightlife isn't the best, but there are a few places to get a drink.

Retail is a bright spot for Chatham. While not a tourist destination, the shops are a nice mix of bigger chains like Target and smaller locally owned businesses. It certainly seems the residents take pride in their community and their commercial success.
Pros
  • Affordable housing
  • Welcoming atmosphere
  • A couple good restaurants
Cons
  • Not much nightlife
  • No good for parks
  • I've found a few nights to be loud
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Local entreprenuer haven"

79th street in Chatham is filled with shops and businesses owned by local individuals. One amazing restaurant is Yassa- in moments you feel you have left the Southside and traveled to West Africa. You can also find a incredible Caribbean chicken in this area.

It is a solid middle class area who can claim one of its current notable residents is Senator Roland Burris.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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