Chicago Neighborhood Named Among 10 Hottest in U.S.

Whether you're ready to relocate or simply planning the next family vacation, the well-traveled writers at Lonely Planet say these 10 U.S. neighborhoods are a cut above the rest. The original article from Lonely Planet can be found at

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Capitol Riverfront & Yards Park, Washington, D.C.
nThis trendy D.C. neighborhood offers everything from boozy yoga classes to Sunday farmers markets right on the bank of the Anacostia River. In addition to the variety of popular restaurants, visitors can rent canoes or kayaks for a scenic cruise down the river or enjoy America's favorite pass time at Nationals Ballpark, home of the Washington Nationals baseball club.
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Sunset Park, New York City
nLocated in Brooklyn, Sunset Park is characterized by its rich culture and stunning views. Travelers who stop by this not-so-touristy spot can explore the avenues of diverse shopping and restaurants before taking in the stunning Manhattan skyline at dusk.
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East Liberty and Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
nLonely Planet credits the wealthy millennial population for the rise of East Liberty and Lawrenceville. This east side area originally came up when young entrepreneurs brought new business to the neighborhood, eventually attracting top tech companies like Google and Uber to open offices and give the two neighborhoods a reputation for young success and good eats.
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East, Nashville, Nashville
nDespite sharing a name with Music City, Lonely Planet Destination Editor Evan Godt says East Nashville has its own unique vibe. Beyond the cool murals and alternative music scene, visitors won't want to miss out on the lively entertainment at the annual summer Tomato Arts Festival or the local favorite "hot chicken," said to come from East Nashville's own Prince's restaurant.
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Avondale, Chicago
nLonely Planet gives a shout-out to Chicago's own Avondale neighborhood for its strong Polish influence and diverse selection of delicious restaurants. The publication writes: "A neighborhood where you can hit up a pierogi buffet (Red Apple Buffet), a theater giving equal time to kitty cats and Ionesco plays (Prop Thtr), and a streetwise Michelin-starred restaurant (Parachute) in one fell swoop? Yes, please." Beer lovers rejoice: Avondale also boasts a Revolution Brewing tap room, named one of the 50 best craft breweries in the U.S. by the Brewer's Association.
n"Get here soon though," the publication notes, "because Avondale teeters on the edge. Hipster ‘hoods nibble at its borders, poised to spill over. And that may change its scruffy, artsy, lived-in magic."
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South 1st Street, Austin
nQuirky but not to be overlooked, South 1st Street is lined with colorful shops and one-of-a-kind food trucks, including a taco trailer called Torchy's Tacos that Lonely Planet recommends. Don't forget to snap a photo with the iconic "Welcome to Austin" mural when visiting this Texas hot spot.
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River North, Denver
nColloquially referred to as RiNo, River North is Denver's distinct art district, which visitors can easily infer from the abundant neighborhood murals and art galleries. RiNo's deeply-rooted punk-rock vibe provides a blast from the past for many Denver locals, while still attracting a young crowd to its many bars and breweries on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Frelard, Seattle
Just like the neighborhood itself, the name "Frelard" is a mix between two Seattle neighborhoods, Fremont and Ballard, that border the up-and-coming zone. Among the many established eateries gaining popularity in the area, Frelard Pizza Company takes credit for creating the neighborhood's unique name - and offering a relax setting for tourists to build their perfect jumbo slice of pizza.
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Montavilla, Portland
nAfter a number of changes to the area over the years, Lonely Planet calls the small yet vibrant Montavilla neighborhood "quietly cool." One of Montavilla's most unique features is the restored Academy Theater, a movie theater offering pizza, booze and babysitting for its patrons.
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Point Loma, San Diego
nPicturesque Point Loma is the final neighborhood on Lonely Planet's list, earning its spot with top-notch seafood joints and whale-watching posts at the historic Cabrillo National Park. Travelers looking for a taste of this Southern California hot spot can peruse the Liberty Market for a variety of delicious dishes from local vendors.
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