If you’re looking for a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood on the rise, look no further than Albany Park
Take a train ride up to the end of the Brown Line and find yourself immersed in a diverse community with amazingly eclectic (and affordable) bars and restaurants, plenty of walking space, and rent prices that are still low- despite the areas incredible growth over the last five years.
With easy access to the highway, the bus, and of course the El stops Francisco, Kedzie and Kimball, Albany Park’s location offers residents a little bit of everything.
Located along the last three stops on the Brown Line, Albany Park runs North/South from Montrose to Foster Ave, and its East/West barrier extends from the Chicago River and Horner Park all the way through North Mayfair.
Albany Park is a highly diverse, extremely family-friendly community where the age trends a bit higher than most other parts of the north side. However, younger people are starting to make their way in as more developments and leisure spots open up around the area.
Albany Park’s gems are hiding in plain sight—from Small’s BBQ to Angelo’s Pizzeria to the brand new location of Finch’s Brewery right on Montrose.
Or, head just up the road and walk along Kedzie up to Lawrence for the delicious Lebanese food being prepared at Semiramis, and the great pizza being made in the laid back atmosphere of Golden Crust.
But if you’re full, walk off your meal at Horner Park, or stroll through Ravenswood Manor to take in some of the amazing green space and historic homes that make this area one of the most gorgeous residential walks on the North Side.
As one of the most engaged and passionate communities in Chicago, Albany Park extensively promotes local businesses through street festivals and “neighborhood food walks” during the summer to help promote all of the local flavor that makes up Albany Park.
Plus, besides bars and restaurants, there are plenty of spots around the community for entertainment—including The Golden Cue pool hall, and theater companies like the renowned Albany Park Theatre Project, and Halcyon Theatre Company.
Spend a little time in Albany Park, and you’ll feel like the whole world is right in your backyard. It’s no wonder its nickname is “The Gateway to the World!”
Albany Park is the perfect spot to spread your wings and settle into a true Chicago community. This neighborhood is a great option for new families looking to get a little more for their dollar in an expensive city, without having feeling like they’re losing out on not living in more central areas like Lakeview or Bucktown.