For the second year in a row, Zillow has published the Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index and this year, Chicago debuts as the 7th best city in the country for trick-or-treating! Great you say, but Chicago is a big city, so how does one trick-or-treat in a city the size of Chicago?  Not to worry. We’ve broken down our analysis to include the top five neighborhoods within Chicago that should score you a nice sugar high this Halloween.

Last year, Bridgeport was the number one neighborhood  on Zillow’s list, but this year it didn’t even crack the top 5!  Bridgeport resident and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley isn’t running for a 7th term this year, so perhaps he will be around the ‘hood when the kids come calling.

Top 5 Chicago Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat in 2010

  1. Bucktown
  2. Lincoln Park
  3. Ravenswood
  4. Logan Square
  5. Avondale


There is a common belief that wealthy neighborhoods are the Holy Grail for harvesting the most Halloween candy. However, to provide a more holistic approach to trick-or-treating, the Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index was calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI), population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on those variables, the Index represents neighborhoods that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks. Data variances between 2009 and 2010 rankings can be the result of changes in home values and local crime data.

About Chicago’s Best Trick-or-Treat Neighborhoods

Bucktown is part of the greater Near North area where lots is going on, so it’s not a surprise that this is THE BEST neighborhood for trick-or-treating in Chicago this year.  Gorgeous historic homes, trendy new construction single-family homes, and beautifully built condo buildings are all mixed together in this artsy neighborhood.  Unfortunately home values haven’t fared so well in Bucktown. Currently, the Zillow Home Value Index for the area shows a a 19.5% Y-O-Y decline.

With a very high WalkScore rating, Lincoln Park allows you to quickly hit up a lot of homes — and fast — for candy.  Lincoln Park is known for its active nightlife scene, so for all you big kids looking for a good time this Halloween, here are some Lincoln Park events to dress up and get out of the house. If you do have kids, the Lincoln Park Zoo is offering a more kid-friendly event on Oct. 23 called Spooky Zoo Spectacular.

Ravenswood is a lovely neighborhood that has a certain serenity, while still very accessible to the energy and bustle of the city.  One of the establishments Ravenswood is most known for is the Old Town School of Folk Music, and this Halloween they are offering up something special – Vintage Vegas!  So if you are looking for something other than ghosts and goblins, head over to this hood for a night with The Rat Pack!

Logan Square is quickly becoming a hot bed for inventive dining and cuisine.  So it only makes sense that they offer up some Halloween events that deal with food.  Even the Chamber of Commerce is getting in on the foodie scene by throwing the 5th Annual Harvest Dinner.  Hopefully the creativity the neighborhood offers up in the restaurant scene will translate well into the candy scene!

The Avondale neighborhood is full of beautiful vintage homes to admire while the kids are ringing doorbells.  Year-over-year the Avondale neighborhood has experienced a significant  decline in home values, like many other neighborhoods in the country.  However, the declines seem to be slowing on a month-over-month basis. New construction is also starting to mix in with these historic homes.

We have been lucky to have fantastic weather this October in Chicago.  If it lasts another two weeks, it is sure to bring out the trick-or-treaters en masse.  How great to actually be able to show off your costume instead of having to hide it under a down parka, like we’ve had to do in Halloween’s past.

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Next: See Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in Boston

About the Author

Sara Bonert is the Director of Broker Services for Zillow. She works with real estate agents and professionals around the country to help them leverage online marketing opportunities and social media, while also promoting ways real estate professionals can market themselves and their business on Zillow.

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