A Chicago neighborhood has been named one of the best in the world...and it's Avondale!
As part of their fifth annual index survey, Time Out Magazine canvassed 20,000 "city-dwellers" around the globe to find out what they each love (or hate) about their chosen city. And while the word "cool" is of course subjective, the list says, rankings were based on accessibility, culture and nightlife, and wide variety of affordable food and drink along with "lively street life and big community vibes."
Coming in at No. 16 is Chicago's Avondale neighborhood, which the list says won for its ties to the Polish community, top-rated Mexican food and array of eccentric small businesses -- which includes a bug museum and a horror-themed coffee shop -- in addition to opportunities for both growing families and solo residents.
"Avondale is a rare place that feels equally welcoming to families, arty twenty-somethings and working-class Chicagoans," Time Out says. "And as the neighborhood deals with rising rents and other symptoms of gentrification, community organizations are hard at work to make sure it stays that way."
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