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Wellshire

#21

Dependability is the allure of this south-central neighborhood. It remains one of the city’s safest areas, with the second-lowest crimes per capita on our list, and its Slavens K-8 School consistently earns A grades. Families love the district’s suburban feel—you’ll often spot kids riding their bikes or scooters along Wellshire’s wide streets—but residents of the ’hoods mid-century ranches and new-build mansions are close enough to University and Washington Park that they don’t feel the city’s conveniences are out of reach.

Population3,363
2018 average sale price$576,187
New listings in 201844

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank59
Schools Score5
Crime Rank2
X Factor Score6

How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 70 had enough data to be included), and ranked them using four variables: home prices, crime data, school rankings, and an X factor score that accounts for things like access to open space, proximity to public transportation, and restaurant and shopping options. For more on our methodology, return to the main page.

Your Itinerary

Eat & Drink

Wellshire is a restaurant desert. But just past its southwestern border, in Englewood, you’ll find fast-casual Modern Market Eatery and deep dish purveyor Patxi’s Pizza. There are also plenty of offerings in the nearby University and Washington Park neighborhoods, including Jerusalem Restaurant and Birdcall.

Get Outside

Wellshire Golf Course is a public course designed by Donald Ross; loosen up before your round on the chipping and putting greens. The High Line Canal hiking and biking trail weaves around it. Bonus: Observatory and Mamie D. Eisenhower parks are both nearby.