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Living in Northwest Side Chicago

Chicago’s Northwest Side offers residents an amiable environment with a copious supply of parks, hiking trails, and a beautiful selection of historic and 20th Century homes. Among its quiet and shaded streets, you will find neighborhoods stocked with beautiful homes of varying architectural styles. From Edgebrook’s English Tudors and Georgian Estates, to Sauganash’s stately Colonials, and iconic Bungalows displaying brick facades that are characteristic of Chicago’s Bungalow Belt, there is much to discover in the Northwest Side of Chicago.

Largely consisting of residential areas interwoven with green expanses, the Northwest Side of Chicago is an idyllic place to raise a family. Living in Northwest Side Chicago provides a uniquely calm suburban environment inside the third most populous metropolis in the U.S.

Rich in diversity, the Northwest Side of Chicago is divided into dozens of different communities. Each neighborhood within the Northwest Side exudes its own distinct flavor and ambiance. The Northwest side of Chicago extends over Edison Park, Sauganash, Albany Park, Galewood, Logan Square and several other well-known communities.

Edgebrook offers residents a wealth of recreational and leisurely activities to enjoy. With access to the areas expansive forest preserves, residents are provided with prime hiking and biking trails surrounded by scenic landscapes. Golf lovers will delight in teeing off at the Billy Caldwell Golf Course or the Edgebrook Golf Course.

Northwest Chicago offers a diverse population as well as cuisines from around the world. Albany Park, located in the Northwest Side of Chicago, boasts a delicious selection of authentic Latin American cuisines and dining experiences. For traditional Polish fare, Northwest Chicago residents seek out Milwaukee Avenue, which bisects the neighborhoods of Avondale, Jefferson Park, Norwood Park and Gladstone Park.

One of the most attractive features of living in Northwest Side Chicago are the numerous parks and green spaces spread throughout the area. Virtually every community within the Northwest Side has its own central park. Some of the most popular recreational sites include Portage Park, Irving Park, Jefferson Memorial Park, and the 18-acre Oriole Park. You can also explore the last remnants of Chicago’s untouched native lands at the Edgebrook Flatwoods Forest Preserves, which graces its visitors with views of exquisite wildflowers during the spring season.

Residents of the North Park neighborhood have access to the picturesque LaBagh Woods with all of its serene natural areas including riverbanks and bluffs that offer amazing recreational opportunities like hiking, biking, picnicking, bird watching, and more.

In addition to its scenic beauty, North Park is widely recognized for its academia as it is home to two universities, Northeastern Illinois University and North Park University, as well as the perennially top-ranked Northside College Preparatory High School.

For school-aged children, you can find some of Chicago’s highest ranking public schools like Sauganash Elementary School, Edgebrook Elementary School, and Edison Regional Gifted Center. Some of the most notable high schools in the Northwest Side include William Howard Taft High School in Norwood Park as well as the previously mentioned Northside College Prep High School in North Park.

Residents living in Northwest Side Chicago are well connected by both the METRA and CTA, which make several stops throughout the Northwest. From the Jefferson Park Station, an “intermodal” transit hub in the Northwest, commuters can use the rail, rapid transit, or the bus terminal to get wherever they need to go, including nearby O’Hare International Airport.

With such diversity, there is much to choose from in terms of Northwest Side Chicago real estate. If you have any questions about the lifestyle amenities that are available here, contact one of our luxury real estate experts at Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty.