If variety is the spice of life, Albany Park is on fire. The eclectic neighborhood, long known for welcoming newcomers from many different countries, has a culture all its own.
Neighbors are not strangers in this tight-knit Northwest Side neighborhood. Shops and eateries reflect the neighborhood’s diverse cultures, with Lebanese, Swedish and Persian restaurants as well as Korean barbeque, fine Filipino and nouveau Mexican.
Homes include an affordable mix of single-family homes, Bungalows, brick two-flats, apartments and duplexes. Nearby North Mayfair, part of the larger Albany Park community, is a mecca of historic Chicago Bungalows, earning a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
The neighborhood’s 16-acre Eugene Field park includes two bridges over the river that runs through it as well as a playground, tennis courts, athletic fields, a 60-foot tall light tower and historic Tudor Revival style brick field house. The park was named for American writer Eugene Field, a Chicago journalist best known for his work as a children’s poet including the classic Little Boy Blue.
Residents of the highly walkable and bike-able neighborhood will have even more to love with the addition of the 312 RiverRun trail. The two-mile trail will connect Albany Park and other nearby neighborhoods and will include the longest pedestrian bridge in Chicago with a wide expanse to make runners, walkers and cyclists happy.
Commuters have convenient access whether heading downtown, to the suburbs or O’Hare with accessibility to the CTA Blue Line, Brown Line and Edens Expressway. The Brown Line is accessible through the Kimball, Kedzie and Francisco stations.
Students attend highly rated Taft or Roosevelt High School as well as the acclaimed Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center magnet school.
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