Welcome to North Park | Chicago Guide to North Park Real Estate
Housing the campuses of two universities, Northeastern Illinois University and North Park University, the North Park neighborhood blends family residential living and student life on the northwest side of Chicago. Bookended by the Chicago River and the LaBagh Woods Forest Preserve, the North Park area is also lush with green spaces, including trails, nature preserves and community parks. Get acquainted with the North Park neighborhood with this local real estate guide.
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Living in North Park
UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES • SWEDISH ROOTS • GREEN SPACES • TRANQUIL LIVING
This once Swedish settlement maintains some of the cultural influences of this Nordic group, but has, in recent decades, transitioned into a neighborhood with a more diverse group of people and cultures. Part of that is due to the students that come to the North Park neighborhood for their university education. The neighborhood gets its name from the private Christian university, North Park University, which opened its doors in 1891 and today offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. The North Park neighborhood is also the location of Northeastern Illinois University, a public university with a student population of about 9,000 students. The university prides itself on having a diverse student body and one that celebrates a multicultural community.
The neighborhood’s university campuses infuse youthful energy into North Park, while the residential blocks that weave through the community area, plus the surrounding green spaces make for generally quiet residential living.
Where is North Park?
The North Park neighborhood area is one of the northernmost parts of Chicago, accounting for a portion of the city just west of the the Chicago River and bordered on the south by the North Branch of the Chicago River, with a western border of where the LaBagh Woods meets Interstate 94 (I-94). The Pulaski Park community on the north end of North Park, and its northern boundary of Devon Ave, mark the northern border of the overall North Park neighborhood, just before the village of Lincolnwood.
The North Park community area is composed of the zip codes 60625, 60646, 60659 and 60630, and makes up a large part of the 39th Ward and portions of the 50th Ward.
North Park Transportation
North Park, while being one of the further neighborhoods from downtown Chicago, is accessible by public transit, serviced by both the CTA train and buses. Those commuting by public transit in and out of North Park can take the Brown line CTA train to the Kimball Ave station which sits a few blocks south of the North Park neighborhood’s southern border. In fact, the #82 Kimball-Homan bus is one of the main routes going through the area. Other bus routes include #84 Peterson, #53 Pulaski and #92 Foster.
Commuters traveling by car will find that the Edens Expressway (I-94) on the west end of North Park, accessible by using the Foster and Cicero Ave exits, is perhaps one of the faster ways to get to and from North Park. Other major streets like Kimball Ave, Pulaski Rd, Foster Ave and Peterson Ave are also common thoroughfares. Elston Ave and Lincoln Ave, which cross just outside of the southwest and northeast borders of North Park, respectively, can be used as alternative routes to get close to the neighborhood area.
North Park Real Estate Market Snapshot
APARTMENT BUILDINGS • CONDOS FOR SALE • SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES
It’s not uncommon to see a collection of larger apartment and condo buildings dispersed throughout the North Park neighborhood. Many of these large brick structures offer 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units for rent or for sale and some are accentuated by their courtyard entrances. European architecture and charm largely influence the aesthetic of these buildings. Popular features for many of the units on the market are hardwood floors, in-unit washer and dryer and contemporary kitchens. Some also include features like exposed brick, a front or back deck, and/or a fireplace. HOA dues can fall anywhere from $200-$350, depending on the building and unit.
For all the rental properties and condos for sale in North Park there are a fairly good amount of homes for sale. The home styles range from Georgian style homes, classic Chicago bungalows, colonial style houses and a few ranch homes. Some houses feature updated spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms and living areas, while others are suited more for those wanting a house that they can rehab and make their own. Prices for homes for sale start in the high $200s and can go up to the mid $400s factoring in things like location, square footage and updates.
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Live Like a Local in Chicago’s North Park Neighborhood
Book a condo or house tour with a North Park realtor and then explore the neighborhood on your own. Here’s a quick self-guided tour of North Park.
Pop in to Outdoor Cafe (3257 W Bryn Mawr Ave) and try a green tea latte or bubble tea at this Korean cafe. Coffee and espresso drinks are also on the menu if you’re just looking for a jolt of caffeine to get your morning going. Make plans to spend some time outdoors either walking through the trails or grabbing your bike for a ride through North Park Village Nature Center (5801 N Pulaski Rd). For lunch, try a tasty burrito or sample different tacos at Los Asadores Mexican Grill (3312 W Foster Ave). Gather your friends for dinner and entertainment at Midori Japanese Restaurant (3310 W Bryn Mawr Ave) where you can arrange for a combination of private karaoke sashimi, maki and sake.
North Park Dining
While there are varying types of cuisines to choose from in North Park, it’s dining scene leans to the influence of Korean and Vietnamese food. However, there are some delightful Mediterranean, Mexican and American fare restaurants. Here are some local favorites to check out while in North Park:
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club (3348 W Bryn Mawr Ave) - airy and rustic, with playful farmhouse décor, this restaurant is at the core a breakfast spot, but with some twists like street tacos on its menu.
Alarmist Brewing & Taproom (4055 West Peterson Avenue) - Chicago’s burgeoning craft brewery scene stretches to all corners of the city, and this local brewery’s New England Style IPA, Le Jus, is a favorite.
Big Hill (3307 W Bryn Mawr Ave) - owned by the same folks behind Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club this spacious bar and grill gets creative with classic American dishes and drinks.
Phở Năm Lúa (6261 McCormick Blvd) - casual corner Vietnamese restaurant, with big windows, specializing in Pho and other Vietnamese dishes.
Hoanh Long Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant (6148 N Lincoln Ave) - extensive menu of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes including pho, stir frys, fried rice and egg noodle soups. Mmm.
Mashawi Grill (4032 W Peterson Ave) - a relative newcomer to the neighborhood, this Middle Eastern grill serves up popular items like beef kabobs and shawarma.
Taqueria Las Flores (3352 W Foster Ave) - tamales, tortas, tacos are full of flavor and keep customers returning. But many rave about the vegetarian options, too, at this counter service Mexican spot.
Ban Po Chung Korean Restaurant (3450 W Foster Ave) no fuss neighborhood Korean restaurant with the option for Korean BBQ.
North Park Neighborhood Amenities
As a primarily residential neighborhood, North Park has all the key amenities: parks, schools, grocery stores, and small service businesses. On the side of green spaces, the neighborhood is richly verdant with a number of parks including Gompers Park (4222 W Foster Ave), North Park Village Nature Center (5801 N Pulaski Rd), Peterson Park (5801 N Pulaski Rd), Hollywood Park (3312 W Thorndale Ave) and the LaBagh Woods. The opportunities for being outdoors, walking trails, finding a playground or spending summer days at a neighborhood public pool are plenty.
Apart from the two universities with campuses in North Park, Northeastern Illinois University and North Park University, the neighborhood is also known for the Bohemian National Cemetery (5255 N Pulaski Rd), a national historic landmark.
Jewel-Osco (4042 W Foster Ave) is available for a large selection of grocery items, while small grocers like Community Grocery (3338 W Bryn Mawr Ave #4) and Bryn Mawr Fresh Market (3318 W Bryn Mawr Ave) are quick, convenient shops often offering a range of international ingredients. Similarly, Makki Meat & Groceries (3348 W Bryn Mawr Ave) is a small Indian grocer selling specialty ingredients.
For expanded shopping, residents of the North Park neighborhood have Lincoln Village Shopping Center (6199 US-41) in the vicinity, situated at the northeast end of the community area.
For schooling, parents with children in grades Pre-K-12 can consider institutions like Solomon Elementary School (6206 N Hamlin Ave), Peterson Elementary School (5510 N Christiana Ave) or for a private alternative, there’s Wonder Montessori School (6717, 5630-5644 N Pulaski Rd).
And high school bound students have Northside College Prep (5501 N Kedzie Ave) and CICS Northtown Academy (3900 W Peterson Ave), a charter school, are options within the boundaries of the North Park neighborhood.
The North Park neighborhood is also home to a few Jewish schools including Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary Hebrew Day school (3200 W Peterson Ave), Yeshiva Eitz Chaim (6045 N Keystone Ave), Lubavitch Girls High School (6350 N Whipple St), and Bais Yaakov High School of Chicago (5800 N Kimball Ave).
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So many factors can play a role when making a decision on a condo or home purchase. Whether it’s distance to a major highway, neighborhood amenities, number of rooms, storage, parking, and the list goes on. If you’re considering a condo for sale in North Park, or you’re wanting to explore the available homes in the area, partner with a North Park real estate agent who can give you an informative snapshot of the neighborhood. Even if you’re not ready to buy a home or condo, but you’d like to rent in North Park, talking to a realtor who is familiar with the neighborhood can help make your search a little smoother.
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