Uptown is a neighborhood on Chicago’s north side that sits along Lake Michigan. Its boundaries are Foster Ave. on the north, Lake Shore Drive on the east, Montrose Ave. on the south and Ravenswood Ave. to the west. Popular areas within Uptown include Sheridan Park, Buena Park, Margate Park and Argyle Street (“Asia on Argyle”). Uptown is an affordable alternative to the neighboring Wrigleyville, North Center, Ravenswood and Andersonville communities.
Ravenswood is a neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. The neighborhood is nestled between Montrose Avenue on the south and Foster Avenue on the north; its western border is the Chicago River, and its eastern border is Clark Street. Ravenswood is commonly associated with its other residential neighbors, Andersonville and Ravenswood Manor. Lincoln Square also falls within its borders. [Read more…]
History and Background
The Loop is the downtown, and heart of commerce for the city of Chicago. It received its name for the “El” train lines that encircle it in a loop of elevated tracks. It’s home to the seat of the Cook County and Chicago governments, along with the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which help make downtown Chicago the second largest commercial district in America.
North Center got its name quite simply because it happened to be in the approximate center of the city’s North Side. Inhabited originally by a number of European groups, including German, Polish, Czech, Serbian, Greek, and French groups, the neighborhood has grown significantly and continues to become more culturally and ethnically diverse.
Evidence of this European ancestry can be seen in the architecture and building styles of the neighborhood. Walking through Northcenter, you’ll find quiet tree-lined streets, a multitude of small businesses and restaurants, and a number of parks. It’s the perfect neighborhood for raising a family or simply to settle down.
Humboldt Park is a west side neighborhood, named after the famous German explorer and scientist Alexander Von Humboldt. Chicago annexed most of the neighborhood in 1869, the year that the official park was laid out. Low cost construction was possible because the area lay outside of official fire code jurisdiction, which was heavily bolstered following the fire of 1871.
Roscoe Village came into being as a neighborhood near the end of the 19th century. City developers purchased the land west of Western Ave to build what was to be the “World’s Largest Amusement Park”. The aptly named Riverview Park opened for business in 1903. Many businesses began to spring up along Belmont Avenue, Roscoe Street, and Western Ave in order to support the influx of visitors and tourists, and some of the park workers bought property in the neighborhood to build homes. [Read more…]