Located along the river and east of the Eden’s Expressway, Albany Park dates from the post- World War I era to the post-World War II era. The area is at the northern end of the Ravenswood rapid transit line (Brown) and offers a wide variety of vintage homes and apartment buildings ranging from two-flats to large courtyard buildings.
To the northwest along the Kennedy Expressway and the O’Hare rapid transit line (Blue), Avondale is a family oriented neighborhood offering a wide variety of housing types and price points. This area affords buyers with a selection of modest bungalows and two flats.
Just west of the Kennedy Expressway and DePaul neighborhood, Bucktown has become one of the most vital neighborhoods in the city. Loft conversions, new construction townhomes, and single-family residences have attracted a new generation of urban dwellers. This area has rapidly become well known for its chic restaurants and eccentric boutiques. The annual art, music and craft fairs are among the city’s best with some of the most talented and unique designers participating.
EAST VILLAGE/UKRANIAN VILLAGE
The “new” neighborhood of East Village is actually a very old Eastern European community whose predominant architectural style is the small cottage, as well as two- and three-flats. Attracted by lower real estate prices and accessibility to the Loop (10 minutes) and expressways, urban pioneers and entrepreneurs have rediscovered it.
Another traditional neighborhood undergoing change is Ukrainian Village, which is still home to many first-, second- and third-generation Eastern Europeans. Ornate orthodox cathedrals with colorful domes, shop signs in Russian and English and colorful flower boxes are familiar sights throughout this immaculate neighborhood of brick two- and three-flats and bungalows.
Irving Park is located to the northwest of the city and has been experiencing significant redevelopment in recent years. The revitalization is due to the strength of the housing stock, convenience to downtown—near the Kennedy Expressway and rapid transit—and the fact that its neighborhoods are more affordable than those to the east.
The community, better known as Old Irving Park, retains many historic features. Quiet side streets and thriving gardens provide a background for Victorian homes on 50-foot wide lots that exist side-by-side with apartment buildings and bungalows. Architecturally significant homes abound, including many fine examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School. In September, the Irving Park Historical Society holds its annual housewalk featuring interior tours of area residences.
Logan Square and Palmer Square are known for wide, tree-studded boulevards and parkways lined by distinguished mansions and elegant two- and three-flat buildings constructed before World War I. This area is now booming with new construction.
Wicker Park is enjoying an unprecedented spurt of new construction and renovation. The neighborhood boasts some of the most magnificent residences in Chicago, with many buildings having landmark status. With its dozens of restaurants, art galleries and its own rapid transit stop providing easy access to both the Loop and O’Hare, it’s no wonder Wicker Park is burgeoning. It has become a premier destination for Chicagoans seeking to shop in the city’s most fashion.