Woodlawn in the Curbed Cup

The Statue of the Republic, located in Woodlawn's Jackson Park.

Marlin Keesler

The Statue of the Republic, located in Woodlawn’s Jackson Park.



Every year, a competition takes place in Chicago ran by Curbed, an online real estate blog, to try and gauge the best Chicago neighborhood. It started out with 16 neighborhoods, but as the competition has worn on there are currently only four left, Uptown, South Loop, Logan Square, and Woodlawn.

Woodlawn is placed in the number one seed of this competition, having won it last year and still having major advancements in the community. The aspects of Woodlawn that set it to such a high standard are of course the

A map of the Chicago neighborhoods.

Obama Library that is to be built in Woodlawn’s Jackson Park. The house values in Woodlawn also rose, and the neighborhood is set to receive its first grocery store in more than 50 years. Woodlawn is also, according to Curbed, planning to “revamp the Cottage Grove Green Line station and the much-needed Trianon Lofts, an apartment building with a 50-50 split of affordable and market-rate units.”

All of those criteria have driven Woodlawn to advance to the Semifinals where it will be taking on Logan Square. Already the neighborhoods of Lakeshore East and Bowmanville have fallen to Woodlawn, and if Woodlawn advances it will be taking on either South Loop or Uptown.