Just west of the Loop stands Humboldt Park, one of Chicago’s largest neighborhoods, which grew up around its spectacular namesake, Humboldt Park. The neighborhood is now undergoing significant redevelopment fueled by the growth of nearby communities such as Wicker Park, Logan Square and Bucktown. Its many affordable real estate options are making Humboldt Park one of the city’s most popular locations for new homeowners.
The community offers many Chicago-style frame and brick single-family homes and bungalows, as well as a number of classic Victorian and Colonial homes, especially on the streets surrounding Humboldt Park itself. The neighborhood is also experiencing an influx of new construction and new development, largely consisting of contemporary multi-unit buildings.
Much of the social and recreational life of the area centers on Humboldt Park itself, a 207-acre expanse that includes running, walking and bicycle paths, outdoor swimming pool, playing fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, field house and two gymnasiums. The park even boasts a beach and a pond, overlooked by the Humboldt Park Boathouse Pavilion, recently designated a Chicago landmark thanks to its elegant Prairie-style architecture.
Shopping in Humboldt Park is eclectic and fun, with many locally owned shops and restaurants catering to a variety of cultural styles and tastes.