For families just starting out or those with school-aged kids, there’s one thing that is always at the top of parents’ real estate wish list: proximity to a great school. It’s right up there with a prime location and square footage, but many of my clients don’t have a clear place to start research or know where to get the information that is most pertinent to them. Here, I’ve compiled what you need to know about some of the most sought-after schools in neighborhoods for luxury real estate in Chicago.


Public schools in Chicago have neighborhood boundaries, meaning that residents within those boundaries are eligible to attend. This can put a premium on real estate in areas with the most coveted schools. But what makes a school stand out among others? The answer varies from parent to parent, but most are highly regarded for a particular specialty, academic programming or the school’s leadership and teachers.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the top rated schools in Chicago:

1. James G. Blaine Elementary School (Southport Corridor)

1420 W Grace St Chicago, IL 60613 View School Info

  • A clear focus on academic excellence, with an integrated arts program
  • Wide range of programs for family and students, including music, art, scholastic programs and sports
  • Located in Southport Corridor, an area coveted for its residential feel and proximity to Wrigley Field, community parks, shopping and dining options

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2. Burley Elementary School (Lakeview)

1630 W Barry Ave Chicago, IL 60657 View School Info

  • Chicago’s first literature, writing, and technology magnet cluster school
  • Nationally recognized curriculum authored by the school’s staff
  • Located in Lakeview, a favorite North Side neighborhood known for its central location, laid-back atmosphere and walkability to many activities

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3. Coonley Elementary School (North Center)

4046 N Leavitt St Chicago, IL 60618 View School Info

  • Known for its enrichment programs in art, music, gym, library, dance and drama
  • Deep history dating back more than 100 years
  • Located in North Center, a vibrant neighborhood with a mix of activities like retail, music, theater and dining.

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4. Lincoln Elementary School (Lincoln Park)

615 W Kemper Pl Chicago, IL 60614 View School Info

  • A neighborhood school in Lincoln Park, one of Chicago’s premier residential areas
  • A cornerstone of the school is its Ecole Franco-Américaine de Chicago, a tuition-supported program with a curriculum certified by the French government
  • Recognized as a model school within the Chicago Public School system

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5. Oscar Mayer Magnet School (Lincoln Park)

2250 N Clifton Ave Chicago, IL 60614 View School Info

  • A magnet school with a progressive education model
  • The school has a fine and performing arts focus, a Montessori program and an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
  • Located on the west side of Lincoln Park, near DePaul University, community parks and neighborhood shopping and dining

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6. Nettelhorst Elementary School (East Lakeview)

3252 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60657 View School Info

  • A fine and performing arts magnet cluster school
  • Features an on-site chicken coop, array of public artwork and an outdoor classroom
  • Located in East Lakeview near Wrigleyville and close to public transportation, neighborhood restaurants and of course, Wrigley Field

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7. Peirce School of International Studies (Andersonville)

1423 W Bryn Mawr Ave Chicago, IL 60660 View School Info

  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle Years programs
  • Programs in dance, art, music, language, technology and others.
  • Located on Chicago’s north side in Andersonville, an area known for its charming row homes, antique shops and cafes

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8. Pulaski International School (Wicker Park)

2230 W Mclean Ave Chicago, IL 60647 View School Info

  • An international school with an IB program and a regional gifted center for Spanish-speaking English language learners
  • Includes extensive health/wellness and parent/community programs
  • Located in Bucktown, a coveted Chicago neighborhood that blends urban with suburban, with plenty of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and parks within walking distance

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9. South Loop Elementary School (South Loop)

1601 S Dearborn St Chicago, IL 60616-1225 View School Info

  • A diverse school with a model to cultivate leadership and life skills
  • Programs in performing and fine arts, science, chess and more.
  • In Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, near Lake Michigan and Museum Campus

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10. Waters Elementary School (Lincoln Square)

4540 N Campbell Ave Chicago, IL 60625 View School Info

  • A magnet school that promotes environmental awareness and healthy living through academic curriculum
  • Recognized for its programs in ecology, technology and fine and performing arts
  • In Lincoln Square, an established neighborhood with German roots and plenty of dining and music destinations.

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Finding a great school is as important as finding a great home. Chicago offers the best of both worlds, with renowned public (and private) schools nestled into some of the city’s most beloved neighborhoods. To learn more about the schools near your real estate search, contact Sheldon Salnick at (312) 498-5080 or at

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