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Chicago a Hot Town for Social Seekers

July 22, 2012

Nightlife-loving Chicago real estate dwellers live exactly where they should.

Chicago was ranked No. 3 on the Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC list of “Best Places to Live for Social Seekers.”

The list examines the best places around the country for those who are “hip, trendy and fun at heart — those who would rather go out than stay home any night of the week.” It’s based on a range of attributes, including public transportation, nightlife and entertainment.

“From the hot dining scene to art museums and gorgeous river views, residents of the Windy City have plenty to keep busy. Chicago is home to a lively theatre scene, two Major League Baseball teams and top universities. Residents travel easily between events along the cities elevated subway line, the “L.” says the report.

Chicago's "L" helps keep nightlife lively.

The list also ranks the top five cities per state. The best places to live for social seekers in Illinois:

1. Chicago

2. Oak Park

3. Winnetka

4. Kenilworth

5. Evanston

“Americans believe that their home is a reflection of their identity and that clearly goes beyond the property line and into the communities where they live,” said Budge Huskey, president and chief operating officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

“Social Seekers are drawn to the nightlife and action, while others we will explore in the series might prefer backyard barbecues and carpooling. By ranking the best places to live by lifestyle interests and personalities, we’re able to get to the heart of what makes individual cities and towns so special.”

The Top 10 Markets for Social Seekers:

1. Manhattan, N.Y.

2. San Francisco, Calif.

3. Chicago

4. Los Angeles, Calif.

5. Seattle, Wash.

6. Brookline, Mass.

7. Arlington, Va.

8. San Diego, Calif.

9. Portland, Ore.

10. Mountain View, Calif.

This is the first of a five-part series, with Onboard Informatics, in which U.S. cities are ranked for Social Seekers, Suburbanites, Adventurers, Leisure Lovers and Culture Cravers.

Speaking of Culture Cravers: A new cultural plan has been designed for “Chicago to realize its potential as a cultural leader.”

The Chicago Cultural Plan 2012, in only its second revision since the document’s 1986 origin, identifies 10 priorities and 36 ways to achieve those priorities within five years.

The plan aims to honor Chicago culture, escalate cultural activity, link neighborhoods celebrations, increase art in schools and find real estate for creative professionals.

There will be four town hall meetings so residents can add their input and help shape Chicago’s cultural future:

*July 24, 6 p.m. at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St.

*July 25, 6 p.m. at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

*July 28, 10 a.m. at Augustine College-Essanay Studios, 1345 W. Argyle St.

*July 31, 6 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

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