Albany Park is a hidden gem of a neighborhood bordered by Foster, Pulaski, Montrose and the Chicago River. Just west of Lincoln Square, this is where you’ll find much more space for your money.With new developments, vintage houses, rehabbed condos and other affordable housing, it’s no surprise many young families and college students call this neighborhood home.
North Park University and Northeastern Illinois University are located in the heart of Albany Park. North Park’s picturesque campus is dotted with red brick buildings as well as deer, geese and other wildlife. This region is really an oasis in the middle of the city.
Albany Park features great schools – including public and private options – and two public libraries. There are several active neighborhood organizations, community gardens, and nearly 15 parks with playgrounds and bike paths. In fact, the south end of the North Branch Trail System starts at Foster.
As one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city, Albany Park offers global cuisine: Middle Eastern, Mexican, Asian, Eastern European, Italian, Swedish, Jewish and more. Of the critically-acclaimed dining options, Tre Kronor, Semiramis and Arun’s are just a few of the local favorites.
Albany Park is accessible through the renovated Kimball, Kedzie and Francisco stations of the Brown Line, as well as the Montrose Blue Line Station. Public transportation is also within reach via bus. The nearby Edens expressway (Interstate 94) makes commuting easy. Most importantly, street parking in Albany Park is plentiful.
Kim Arakelian, Guest Blogger for Move with Maggie Team