Chicago Neighborhoods - Old Irving Park

Old Irving Park Overview

With beginnings as a distant suburban outpost of Chicago, the Old Irving Park neighborhood features many larger older Victorian and American Four-Square homes, on large lots and tree-lined streets.  A few of the older homes date back before the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.  About eight miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Old Irving begins just west of the Kennedy Expressway  and runs to  the Milwaukee Road tracks (near Cicero Avenue) on the west, Addison Street on the south and Montrose Avenue on the north.

The Irving Park Historical Society holds an annual house walk to showcase the area’s architecturally-significant structures. The neighboring Villa Historic District, between Central Park Avenue and Pulaski Road, just north of Addison Street features over 120 architecturally-significant bungalows alone!

In the last 15 years, the Old Irving neighborhood is undergoing a renewed phase of redevelopment.  Drawn by the proximity of both the Kennedy Expressway and the Blue Line L, both running between Downtown Chicago and The Loop and O’Hare International Airport, the vibrant, and growing shopping strip, anchored by the Six Corners Shopping District on the west,  plus numerous smaller shops and restaurants, many younger people have relocated to the community from areas closer in to downtown. 

Old Irving Park Homes for Sale

Local custom and regulation forbid construction and renovation out of character with the existing vintage housing stock, so most new residents to Old Irving renovate the classic homes that have existed for so long.  Others construct new homes, town homes, and a few condos, that complement the older homes up and down their blocks.

Commuters find travel times reasonable using public transportation - a trip via the Blue Line L to The Loop takes about 35 minutes, even during busy periods.  Travelers bound for O’Hare are faced with a 40 minute L ride, about 1 hour, 15 minutes, by car, on the Kennedy – perhaps longer during the AM and PM rush.

Lincoln Park Overview

For generations of Chicagoans, the Lincoln Park neighborhood has been the stylish destination for young and old, and the heart of the north side in Chicago.   It boasts some of the city’s finest restaurants, night life, theatres and comedy clubs, private schools, and a beautiful stretch of lakefront along Lake Michigan.  It has as its cornerstone Lincoln Park itself – over 1,200 wooded acres of green space, a world-class conservatory, and the largest free zoo in the USA.  The prestigious Frances Parker Private School and the main campus of DePaul University are based here.

Lincoln Park Chicago Condos

Lincoln Park condos for sale usually dominate the listings in Lincoln Park.  The housing here is varied, though, running from small studio condos in high rise towers with views of the park and lake, to larger, newer condos and townhouses, to restored vintage row houses and single family homes and mansions, many dating back to the mid-1800’s!  Lincoln Park is one of the priciest communities in Chicago.  Many condos run in the $500,000 to $750,000 range, and a few of the more elegant restored vintage houses top $5,000,000.

More modest condos are still available in the neighborhood, however, if you know where to look.  Over the years, many developers have even converted former churches, schools, warehouses, stores and factory buildings into fashionable condos, stores and restaurants.

Communities within Lincoln Park include the Clybourn Corridor, DePaul, Lincoln Park West, and the Ranch Triangle.   In addition to the Lincoln Park Zoo, the east side of Lincoln Park offers a nature museum, several beaches, baseball and softball diamonds, jogging trails, a bike path, a protected harbor, tennis courts, a golf course, a summer theater, and a driving range.

Commuters to Downtown Chicago and The Loop enjoy a short commute of 30 minutes or less downtown – even during busy rush hour periods.  CTA buses travel every few minutes down Clark Street, the area’s main commercial street.  Express buses run through the park, then down Lake Shore Drive, to North Michigan Avenue.  The Red and Brown Line L routes have stations at Fullerton Avenue, Diversey Parkway, Armitage Avenue, and at North and Clybourn Avenues. 

Many residents prefer to ride their bikes downtown – weather permitting, of course!  If you want to provide your own transportation to work, consider Lincoln Park Chicago Condos for sale!

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