Steeped in a rich tradition of ethnic diversity, Albany Park is a northwest side bastion of unique grocery stores, restaurants and shopping, all nestled within a multicultural community. Residents from Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern and former Yugoslavian descent bring their influences to one of Chicago’s liveliest neighborhoods. In fact, Albany Park holds one of the highest ratios of foreign-born residents in the city, which is reflected in the local fare and youth theater projects.
The up and coming Avondale neighborhood is just north of the booming Logan Square neighborhood. It lies northwest along the Kennedy Expressway (routes 90/94) and the CTA Blue Line that runs between O’Hare and downtown. Its main borders are Western, Diversey, Addison and Pulaski avenues, while Belmont and Milwaukee run right through it.
The borders of Bucktown are often confused for those of nearby trendy Wicker Park. But, Bucktown is a neighborhood with a character all its own. Once a neighborhood of predominately Polish immigrants, artists recently began to inhabit the area.
These days, upscale restaurants, trendy nightclubs, and high-end clothing boutiques attract a more style-conscious sect.
The Clybourn Corridor is that strip of land around Clybourn that extends from North Ave up to Wrightwood. The gateway to the Clybourn Corridor revival starts at North, Halsted and Clybourn. It now features some of the city’s most outstanding loft living, trendy new dining establishments, retail shopping opportunities, and dance hangouts. Locals don’t need to walk far to find everything they need – from Treasure Island, a grocery store offering exotic foods to popular hang-outs such as Goose Island Brewery. There is a large Crate & Barrel on the corner of Clybourn and North Avenue, Best Buy, Eastern Mountain Sports, Smith and Hawken, The Container Store, Seigle’s Showroom, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Whole Foods, Restoration Hardware and huge liquor stores. The area is served by the CTA’s Ravenswood line stop at Sedgwick near North Avenue. The Red line stops at the revitalized North and Clybourn station. Metra trains stop at the Clybourn station, near Armitage, Ashland and Cortland.
Situated in a pocket of Chicago’s sought-after Lincoln Park neighborhood, the small enclave of DePaul, which rests just to the east of the DePaul University campus, boasts lofty housing values and exquisite residential architecture comparable to that of its big sister neighborhood. New construction condos and rehabs of old townhomes are a common sight in DePaul, however, the community is steeped in elegant traces of the Victorian era with stately brownstone walkups and towering hundred-year-old trees. The bursting commercial and entertainment options in Lincoln Park encircle the DePaul neighborhood, which still holds its own with a couple bars and a popular French restaurant that attracts customers from all over the city.
Edgewater is located along Lake Michigan, six miles north of Chicago’s Loop. Its boundaries are: West from Lake Michigan to Ravenswood Avenue (1800 West); and North from Foster Avenue (5200 North) to Devon Avenue (6400 North). Edgewater it is a community of people who enjoy the benefits of a lakefront setting, convenient public transportation, local schools, a public library and parks. Edgewater residents make the quick commute to the Loop via the Metra railroad (at the Ravenswood station), on express and local buses that run along the lakeshore (#136 Sheridan/LaSalle, #147 Outer Drive and #151 Sheridan) or on the Red Line (El stations are located at Granville Ave., Thorndale Ave., Bryn Mawr Ave. and Berwyn Ave.). Restaurants, shops and other businesses located on busy commercial streets are served by the #22 Clark and #36 Broadway buses. Finding fun in Edgewater isn’t difficult. Nightlife ranges from grabbing a couple of beers at the Fireside, browsing racks of records at Dr. Wax, catching a play at the Raven Theatre on Clark or the City Lit Theater Co on Bryn Mawr. Restaurant options include neighborhood branches of Chicago favorites such as Ann Sather, Carson’s, Francesca’s Gino’s pizza, Ranalli’s and Reza’s, as well as locally owned Ethiopian, Thai, Chinese, French-Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern restaurants.
Bounded by Armitage (2000 N) on the north, Chicago (800 N) on the south, Western (2400 W) on the east, and Pulaski (4000 W) on the west, Humboldt Park is an up and coming neighborhood with a fabulous blend of ethnicities that brings a strong sense of community to the area. The near west side Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park boasts one of Chicago’s largest parks; 207 acres with a beach, an outdoor swimming pool, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, playgrounds, and bike paths. The Humboldt Park (1400 N. Sacramento Ave) also has an assembly area, ice skating in winter, 10 picnic areas and a fieldhouse with two gyms. Humboldt Park has many eclectic and multi-cultural shops and restaurants. It’s also home to the California Clipper, an out of the ordinary nightclub that is a throwback to Chicago’s prohibition years. The area is built around the magnificent Humboldt Park which features vast landscape designs, walking and running paths, and a picturesque pond. Overseeing the pond is the Humboldt Park Boathouse Pavilion, an exceptional example of the Prairie School style of architecture. It was designated a Chicago landmark in 1996.
Jefferson Park is bordered by the community areas of Norwood Park to the northwest, Forest Glen to the northeast, Portage Park to the south, and the suburb of Harwood Heights to the south.
Named for its close proximity to Lake Michigan, Lakeview is one of Chicago’s larger neighborhoods, now comprised of smaller neighborhoods within its boundaries. They include Wrigleyville, Roscoe Village and Lakeview East.
About four miles north of the Loop, Lakeview is one of the most lively neighborhoods of Chicago. There is never a dull moment with such a wide variety of nightclubs and restaurants to choose from in Lakeview.
Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods, with more bars and restaurants per capita than almost any other neighborhood in Chicago. Lincoln Park is the heart of Chicago’s North Side. The neighborhood has almost anything your heart desires. Houses range from highrise condos to two-and three-flat brownstones to cottages on beautiful tree-lined streets. After more than 30 years of gentrification, you can imagine, there are few, if any, real estate bargains to be found in Lincoln Park.
Lincoln Park is a young and extremely lively neighborhood. There you’ll find restaurants and bars to match any evening’s taste and budget. You’ll see bars and clubs that range from prep to sport to punk to blues, and there’s little you won’t find shopping along Clark Street.
West of Andersonville and slightly to the south, where Lincoln, Western, and Lawrence avenues intersect, is Lincoln Square. The Lincoln Square neighborhood is bordered by Foster Avenue to the north, Montrose Avenue to the south, Damen Avenue to the east, and the Chicago River to the west. This East Ravenswood Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
One of Chicago’s first planned neighborhoods, the area’s character and quaint charm is due to the leafy residential streets and its remarkable architecture: from beautiful old wood-frame Victorians, to brick and graystone two- and three-flats. Lincoln Square is home to an assortment of residences, commercial and public buildings, some dating back to the 1850s. Its diverse architecture reflects traditions passed down through generations of immigrants. The area is lucky to have the last masterpiece from famous Chicago architect Louis Sullivan, now a museum devoted to the decorative arts.
Logan Square is located west from the Kennedy Expressway to Kimball Avenue and north from Fullerton to Diversey Avenues.
Logan Square is famous for its wide landscaped boulevards that have remained virtually unchanged for 100 years. Many wealthy Chicago merchants and entrepreneurs built massive greystone mansions here. Recently, vintage lighting fixtures have been installed along the Boulevard. Logan Square prides itself on its excellent housing stock built predominantly during the 1920’s.
Noble Square/West Town
West Town is a neighborhood destination which thrives on the principles of community and the subsequent charm created by this diverse, yet united community. This is an area defined by a rich history of residents and the entrepreneurial pioneers who’ve helped maintain the essence of what truly defines “Chicago”… its neighborhoods. West Town is a City of Chicago Community Area and the boundaries are Bloomingdale to Kinzie, and the Chicago River to Kedzie. Neighborhoods within West Town include: East Village, Eckhart Park, Humboldt Park, Kinzie Industrial Corridor, Noble Square, Smith Park, Ukrainian Village, and Wicker Park.
Chicago is like a patchwork quilt featuring parks, villages and diverse neighborhoods. The community of North Park is no exception. Located three miles west of Lake Michigan on Chicago’s North Side, North Park is bordered by the North branch of the Chicago River on the south, the North Shore Channel of the Chicago River on the east, Pulaski Road on the west and Devon Avenue on the north.
Comprised of Bohemian National Cemetery, two university campuses, North Park Village Nature Center and several parks, North Park is perfect to explore by foot or bicycle. A scenic trail winds along the North Shore Channel and extends the entire length of the neighborhood. It is safe to say that, given all the open green space, North Park is one of the most peaceful communities on the North Side. In fact, it is known as a quiet residential area with neatly kept single-family homes and a sleepy atmosphere – especially in the summer when school is out.
Old Irving Park
Bound by Addison (3600 N) up to Montrose (4400 N) and Pulaski (4000 N) over to Kostner (4400 W) to the west, this neighborhood is known for its historic homes, convenient shopping areas, rehabbed buildings, fun bars and restaurants. Old Irving boasts many smaller shopping districts, each with its own flavor of delis, bakeries, pubs, independent businesses and retail shops. A quiet area, it has many thriving gardens that provide a nice background for raising families. Old Irving’s neighborhoods have an excellent number of transportation options. Union Pacific trains stop on Avondale and there is CTA bus service on Cicero, Montrose and Irving Park Road. The Kennedy Expressway and the CTA’s Blue Line also run right through the middle of the neighborhood.
“Culture thrives in Pilsen and invites you to explore the treasures that wait around every corner. Here bold murals have blossomed in the most unexpected places — on the fronts of homes, along railway overpasses, and wrapped around train platforms. The artful vibe continues within storefront galleries and studios, as well as in the colorful collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, a highly-regarded cultural institution. It’s a neighborhood that pulses with a youthful spirit and is ever evolving. For over 150 years, Pilsen has been a port of entry for immigrants. Early on it was waves of Eastern Europeans, which later shifted and became predominantly Latino. Now blended in the close knit Mexican-American community is creative types and students. Thanks to this diversity, you’ll find offbeat vintage shops, independent coffee houses and quaint cafes alongside bodegas, panaderias and restaurants serving authentic Mexican cuisine. Adding to the multicultural mosaic is the neighboring area Heart of Chicago, anchored by several old-school Italian restaurants. But whether you’re on 18th Street or Oakley Avenue, it’s the strong cultural heritage and rich working class legacy that are the backbone of Chicago’s Lower West Side neighborhoods.” Excerpt taken from www.choosechicago.com on 3/31/2014
Ravenswood is located from Ravenswood Avenue west to the Chicago River, between Montrose and Bryn Mawr Avenues.
Ravenswood history began in 1837 when a Swiss immigrant came to Chicago and bought 100 acres of land to farm. Scandinavians, Germans and Irish first settled Ravenswood. The rural, wooded village of Ravenswood was annexed by the city in 1889. Poet Carl Sandburg who was inspired to describe Chicago as the “City of Big Shoulders”, lived in Ravenswood on Hermitage Avenue.
Ravenswood is one of Chicago’s first planned neighborhoods, popular for its Victorian and Prairie School homes, brick row houses and wide lots. It is combination of grand old homes in residential areas and industrial warehouses along the railway tracks. Ravenswood also offers a great selection of well-maintained, renovated, spacious vintage apartments at reasonable rental rates, many in smaller courtyard buildings.
The boundaries of River West are defined as Division Street to the north, Grand Avenue to the south, the Chicago River to the east, and Ashland Avenue to the west.
This neighborhood has seen many exciting changes over the last few years, as existing warehouses have been converted to funky residential lofts. With its close proximity to Printers Row, River North and the Loop, River West is a great choice for those who seek downtown convenience and entertainment without sky high rent prices.
East Rogers Park is the lake side area of Rogers Park – from Devon north to Evanston (Howard Street) and from the lake west to roughly Western Avenue. It sits on Lake Michigan within a short commuting distance of downtown Chicago.
High-rises tower along Hollywood Boulevard, where Lake Shore Drive becomes Sheridan Road. Large courtyard buildings prevail in this area. There are also many vintage apartment buildings and large old homes with beautiful architecture, making Rogers Park unique.
Located between Belmont and Addison Avenues and west from Damen to Western Avenue. Roscoe Village is within the larger neighborhood of Lakeview in the western portion.
Roscoe Village is a peaceful, working class neighborhood that has become more and more appealing because of its tree-lined streets and reasonable prices. This area attracts working couples and families, as well as single urban professionals.
The neighborhood takes its name from the thriving commercial strip along Southport Ave (1400 W). It’s bounded on the east and west by Racine Ave (1200 W) and Ashland Ave (1600 W), and its south and north boundaries are Belmont Ave (3200 N) and Grace St (3800 N).
St. Ben’s/North Center
St. Ben’s is a neighborhood located between Addison Avenue and Irving Park Road and west from Damen to Western Avenues. It’s just northwest of Wrigley Field and north of Roscoe Village. This north-side neighborhood has been recognized as one of the best by Chicago Magazine. St. Ben’s is a typical Chicago neighborhood with mainly two-flat walkups on clean, quiet tree-lined streets. The peaceful, family-oriented neighborhood has nice gardens, a lot of trees, and at night the streets are quiet. It’s close enough for a long walk to Wrigley Field.
North Center is a large community with many comfortable and convenient neighborhoods that are just a mile or so from the lakefront and an easy commute to downtown. Surrounded by Diversey (2800 N), Ravenswood (1800 W), Montrose (4400 N) and the Chicago River, the neighborhoods in North Center tend to have large parks and tree-lined streets, plus all the amenities that make city life satisfying. North Center’s pocket neighborhoods have their own distinct character with shopping areas that feature charming boutiques, delis, bakeries and coffee shops. Its neighborhoods include St. Ben’s, Roscoe Village and West Lakeview. The geographic center of the community is the 6-corner intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road and Damen Avenue. It’s an area that is proud of its families and has both good schools and economic stability. The community has an abundance of small businesses that keep it an active, vibrant area during day. For entertainment, residents can choose from a large selection excellent restaurants, pubs, summer festivals, music venues, bowling alleys, and theaters.
The best-known neighborhood in West Town is Ukrainian Village and is a largely residential area that reflects the German, Polish and Ukrainian immigrants who settled on the North Side in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Ukrainian Village has recently become the target of real estate interests, so the boundaries of the neighborhood have become more fluid. Ukrainian Village is located on both sides of Chicago Avenue from Damen Avenue to beyond Western Avenue. It is approximately a 32-square-block area northwest of downtown.
Ukrainian Village has an ethnically diverse population today, but remains a focal point for the Chicago area’s Ukrainian community because of the Ukrainian businesses, organizations and churches that are based in the neighborhood.
The boundaries of Wicker Park are North Ave. on the North, Division St. on the South, Western Ave on the West, and Ashland on the East. The center of all the action is at the intersection of Damen, Milwaukee and North Avenues. Wandering the streets from this location, you’ll run across some appealing shops that add to the unique flavor of the neighborhood. It is one of the most eclectic, artsy areas of Chicago. Wicker Park is a fun, attractive area considered by some to be the hippest place to live in the city.
The historic area of Wicker Park is noticeable by the attractive three-flats and old 1800 mansions, of note – Beer Baron Row (Hoyne Street between Pierce and Schiller). It is an architecturally diverse variety of Victorian homes and modern low-rise buildings. Cheap buildings, low rents and a convenient El stop brought bohemian chic to Wicker Park.
The charming area of Wrigleyville is part of the larger Lakeview neighborhood. It centers on Clark Street in the area between Irving Park Road to the north, Roscoe to the south, Fremont to the east and Southport to the west.
The neighborhood is named for Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs. It is located right in the middle of an urban neighborhood and has become a vital part of the neighborhood. The surrounding streets largely revolve around the ballpark. Fans from all over come to enjoy Wrigley Field, hot-dogs, and sport bars.
But it is much more then just a sporting neighborhood. Wrigleyville provides and a wide range of activities, from drinks and dinner to dancing. Clark Street has a wide range of ethnic cuisines and unique shops, all within a few short blocks. Wrigleyville is now home to many young professionals who enjoy its proximity to Lake Michigan. Yet even with Wrigleyville’s enormous variety, a charming neighborhood feeling pervades.