Near North Side, Chicago

community area in Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Near North Side is one of 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is the northernmost of the three areas that constitute central Chicago, the others being the Loop and the Near South Side. The community area is located north and east of the Chicago River.

To its east is Lake Michigan, and its northern boundary is the early 19th-century city limit of Chicago, North Avenue. Of the downtown community areas, the Near North Side has the second largest total area, after the Near West Side, the highest number of skyscrapers, and the largest population.

With the exception of Goose Island and the remains of Cabrini-Green, to the west, the Near North Side is known for its rich neighborhoods, the Magnificent Mile, Washington Square Park, Gold Coast, Navy Pier, and its world-famous skyscrapers such as the John Hancock Center.

The Near North Side is the oldest part of Chicago.[1]


  1. "History". St. Michael in Old Town. 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015.