5.5 out of 10

Galewood

41.9124533449593 -87.7903516230693
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
  • Cost of Living
  • Childcare
  • Schools
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  •  

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet, and a bit boring"

Galewood is one of the furthest neighborhoods from downtown, and there isn't a whole lot here that makes it part of the city. Honestly, it's more suburb than city. That isn't the end of the world, but it makes for a less than exciting area.

Home prices aren't terrible, but it isn't as affordable as other parts of the city. Fortunately, it's a fairly safe part of the city, and while I haven't spent a whole lot of time here, I would feel perfectly comfortable doing so if there were more going on.

That's the big problem with Galewood. There just isn't all that much to come for. People don't often go visiting suburbs like they do cities. I can't think of any nightlife that anyone would want to come visiting for, and I don't see the restaurants, which are solid if unremarkable, being much of a draw either.

Overall, it's just a decent neighborhood that's a bit too quiet for my tastes.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Quiet
  • Good spirit, good for families
Cons
  • Not much going on
  • Too slow for my tastes
  • A bit expensive
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Galewood - Quiet, Not Much to Do"

I used to work in the Galewood neighborhood, which is on the far west side of Chicago. It is very quiet and residential, although there is a little bit of crime going on in the area. It’s also not the most well-taken-care-of area.

The people who live in the area are mostly families and elderly people. There are mainly homes lining the street rather than apartments or condos, so the neighborhood definitely lends itself to these kinds of residents.

The restaurants, bars and other businesses are kind of non-descript, but there are some good Mexican places, especially along Grand Avenue. Ody’s is good for hot dogs and Alpine Deli on North Avenue makes really delicious sandwiches.

Riis Park is pretty big and has a nice path for walking, as well as a public pool. The Brickyard mall is also in Galewood. There used to be an indoor mall here, but now it’s really just a very large strip mall. There’s a Jewel, Target, Starbucks, and a bunch of other chain stores.

Like some other neighborhoods along the edges of the city Galewood has a slightly more suburban feel to it. There’s definitely not a lot going on, but it’s a nice, quiet place for families and older people.
Pros
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Not much going on
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
2yrs+

"Reasonable Prices & Classically Chicago"

Although technically a part of the massive Austin neighborhood, Galewood is an entity all its own. Found in the city’s northwestern section, Galewood is a residential area and is home to several schools. The rich family feeling of the area is balanced by the presence of students attending Concordia University, Dominican University, Triton College, and Wright Junior College. Not necessarily the place for hipsters or the younger crowd, Galewood is a quiet locale well suited for families or retirees.

I rarely have occasion to visit Galewood, but when I do I enjoy the overall feeling of tranquility throughout the neighborhood. It has many impressive homes, many of which are representative of some of my favorite architectural styles. There really isn’t much for visitors here, which is how Galewood has maintained such a quiet family feeling throughout its history.

If you’re looking for a place to settle down, you can find stunning houses at reasonable rates. If you’re looking for something exciting to do, don’t bother coming here. Its overall look represents Chicago well, so it does appeal to natives that are ready to enjoy a quieter way of life. I’d say Galewood is certainly a Chicago staple, but there isn’t much going on for visitors.
Pros
  • Great houses
  • Ideal for families
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Not much going on
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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