Albany Park is a neighborhood in Chicago that is located 8 miles northwest of the city center. The Chicago River defines its east and north boundaries with Montrose Avenue on the southern border and Elston and the Edens Expressway making up the western border.
In the mid 1800s Albany Park was a farming community until an entrepreneur turned a good portion into a brickyard and racing track which brought spectators and more residents to the outlying “suburb”. By 1889 Chicago annexed this area and officially made it a part of the city. Late in the 19th century a group of investors, one being from Albany, New York, purchased a large stack of land and gave it the namesake it carries today. With the turn of the century came more residents, transportation lines, electric streetcars as well as the elevated train. With the ease of transportation came commercial development and a slew of residential construction in bungalows and multi-unit buildings.
Population continued to grow until World War II when a great deal of the residents started moving to the suburbs. In the time following WWII population dropped and the neighborhood saw a decline in property prices as well as commercial activity. In 1978 there was a beatification effort by the city, the North River Commission and Lawrence Avenue Development Corporation which brought increased residential prices and an influx of immigrants.
Today, Albany Park is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city, if not the nation. The mix of demographics make it home to restaurants, retail and businesses you won’t find anywhere else. It is said you can eat food from anywhere in the world in a 4 block radius. The public transportation lines, including the bustling Kimball Brown Line Station, make it a breeze to get to from and the history, food and culture is what will make you stay. If you’d like to know more about this vibrant Chicago neighborhood, contact us today.