3.3 out of 10

West Elsdon

41.7915474634099 -87.7250333080474
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
Who lives here?
  • Singles


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"A little below average, and not the safest place in town"

West Elsdon has in recent years become a bit more dangerous place to live. It isn't so much the neighborhood itself, so much as the surrounding areas. Gage Park and Brighton Park are both right nearby, and their influence has not been great. I don't know the crime statistics, but most of what I hear is not very good. This is really unfortunate, because West Elsdon used to be a pretty nice place.

The food is still a bright spot. There is more than one place that claims to have the best pizza in Chicago, and while I may not totally agree, you can do a lot worse then West Elsdon if you're looking for a slice. Try out Positanos, you'll be happy.

I don't remember there being many decent bars, and again, for a white guy at night, it's not the safest place to be.

I know there is some modestly priced housing available, but I don't see the resale value being very high at all. I don't want to say stay away, but you may want to keep your distance. There are better places to be.

I'd say the shopping is pretty poor, mainly because it was entirely forgettable.

I've had friends tell me that the area is getting worse. It does seem like most of the news I hear is about crime, but then many times that is the case. Still, with other bad neighborhoods in the area, I'm afraid that West Elsdon may continue on the downward slope. You may find a reasonably priced place to live, but I wouldn't suggest the investment.
  • Better than some of the surrounding neighborhoods
  • Good food, especially some good Chicago pizza
  • Reasonably affordable
  • Dangerous
  • I'd avoid the nightlife
  • West Elsdon is getting worse, not good for an investment
Recommended for
  • Singles

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