The City of Chicago has 77 officially defined community areas. The Social Science Research Committee at the University of Chicago defined 75 areas during the late 1920s, which at that time corresponded roughly to neighborhoods within the city. In the 1950s, the city annex O'Hare Airport and the 76th area was added. The creation of the 77th community area occurred in 1980 when the area know as Edgewater was separated from Uptown.

Today many of the areas no longer correspond to any single neighborhood, and some area names have fallen out of colloquial use. The ever-changing nature of a city means that a few of the designations given in the 1920s may not still be in common use. Many are known more by a traditional or informal neighborhood name, such as Wrigleyville (*Lake View), Chinatown (*Armour Square), or Ukrainian Village (*West Town).

Residents and realtors tend to assign new names as neighborhoods evolve. Some estimate there are more than 200 such named neighborhoods in the city today.

(*Denotes an official community name.)

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City News Chicago
An interactive website that allows users to obtain data about properties and indicators about their community. Includes alerts of code violations, housing court cases, and fire records.
City of Chicago: Community Area Map
List of links to individual community area maps with points of interest.
How Chicago's Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Provides brief history on neighborhood names along with some pictures and related links.
Local First Chicago
A network of locally owned, independent businesses, and community organizations.
New Communities Program
Covers 16 Chicago neighborhoods implementing community development based on quality-of-life planning. Addresses inner-city issues including education, youth violence, retail, housing. Sponsored by LISC/Chicago, MacArthur Foundation.
Picturing Chicago
Features image galleries of city neighborhoods.
Rogers Park - West Ridge Historical Society
Focused on preserving the history of these two communities as a vital part of the City of Chicago. Features membership information, a newsletter, history books, merchandise and contacts.
Wicker Park and Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
Two neighborhoods located next to each other on the northwest side of Chicago, but in different communities. Features business guide and directory, community resources, history, CTA maps, and contacts.
Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide
Guide to bars, entertainment, events, restaurants and shopping in the Wicker Park and Bucktown areas of Chicago.
Wikipedia: Neighborhoods of Chicago
Geographic breakdown of the city's 77 official neighborhoods.
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