The Jackson Park Highlands
Commissioned in the early twentieth century, the Jackson Park Highlands was initially a collection of model homes overlooking the lovely Jackson Park, the third biggest park in the city and the location of the 1893 Columbian World Exposition. As such, the area still features sizeable lot widths and large front yard setbacks. Now a historic district, the neighborhood is situated at the northernmost edge of South Shore. Approximately bordered by East 67th Street to the north, East 71st Street to the south, Cregier to the west and Euclid to the east, the Jackson Park Highlands is conveniently located near the 18-hole Jackson Park Golf Course and the glorious Chicago lakefront. A premier Southside neighborhood, single family houses range in price from $300,000 to over a million dollars , still below similar properties in comparable Chicago neighborhoods.
Vintage housing is widespread in the Jackson Park Highlands, with luxurious two and three-story brick single-family homes and stylish brick and limestone apartment buildings built for professionals as well as academics employed by the nearby University of Chicago. Many houses were erected a century ago and still boast their original woodwork, wainscoting and ornate plaster detail. Specific architectural styles include Colonial Revival, American Four-Square and Renaissance Revival, most with large windows and hardwood floors.
One key to the desirability of this neighborhood is its proximity to both the University of Chicago and the Loop as well as its ready access to Chicago's proficient public transportation system. In the summer, commuters might take a bike ride downtown, while in the winter they can hop on one of many buses or take a short and pleasant car ride down the Outer Drive. In addition, the neighborhood offers ample street parking and many scenic options for families and joggers who want to make the most of a sunny day.