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Big Oaks
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Big Oaks Overview

Big Oaks is a part of Norwood Park.

A prim grid of tree-lined streets provides good shade for an afternoon stroll through this quiet, residential north side Chicago neighborhood. And, quite contradictory to the size of its namesake trees, the actual land area of Big Oaks is rather small. Still there's room for a few local restaurants that provide all the favorites from pizza to pierogies. Other businesses are found along Big Oaks' major border roads, but the bulk of the community is simply rows of private homes and manicured yards that offer a nice place for families to settle down.

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The tall oak trees that edge the streets of Big Oaks neighborhood are its characteristic trait, providing nice shade for summertime walks and plenty of ammunition for leaf piles in the fall. Though pretty much entirely residential, Big Oaks is close to a lot of parks, stores, and restaurants in nearby neighborhoods. If you’re willing to step over Big Oaks’s southern border, you find yourself at Ridgemoor Country Club (6601 W. Gunnison St., 708-867-8400) a private country club and golf course. Although Ridgemoor is off limits to all but members, perhaps you could befriend someone on the inside and score an invite for eighteen holes. If nothing else, it would give you something to talk to your neighbors about.

Big Oaks neighborhood has some multi-unit living options, mainly along Harlem Avenue, however most of the housing is of the single-family detached style. Still, there are several older, low-rise brick condos and a few newer model options. On average the sales price for a one- or two-bedroom unit is a little under $200,000.

Lot size in Big Oaks is moderate with a bit of lawn to mow. It’s nothing a push mower couldn’t handle, so, just a tip, the riding tractor model might be overkill. As for the actual home in the yards, most were built in the 1960s and ‘70s, and have been kept in good condition. There’s a variety of one- and two-story places with architectural designs from brick ranch to split-level to stately, high-ceilinged new structures. Average price for a three-bedroom in Big Oaks is in the upper $300,000s. For a house with another bedroom or two, you’re looking at an average value of $484,000 with the random $825,000 property here and there.

Big Oaks History

Imagine long open stretches of fresh-cut grass, a pole with a flag in the distance flicks in the wind. From somewhere behind you hear the urgent cry 'Fore!' Immediately you search the sky for the incoming object, which lands inches from your plaid-pants clad foursome, only mildly disrupting the tranquil disposition of the scene but severely upsetting your drive which flanked to the edge of the fairway.

Walking about the straight avenues and rows of houses in the purely residential Chicago neighborhood of Big Oaks, you won’t have to worry about getting beaned with a small, white dimpled ball, but you might be surprised by what once existed where your feet now tread.

What is now blocks of housing was once the expansive, well-tended greens of Big Oaks Golf Course. Named after the area’s numerous oak trees, Big Oaks Golf Course was constructed as a public counterpart to nearby members-only Ridgemoor Country Club. In 1955, Big Oaks Golf Course sold its land to the city, which demolished the course, replacing it with hundreds of homes.

These days Big Oaks (the neighborhood took its name from the golf course it supplanted) is a pleasantly residential area, home to a number of Chicago’s police officers and cozy single-family dwellings.

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The Sights of Big Oaks

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Schools In The Big Oaks Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Big Oaks area.

School Type Grade Rating

Ridgewood Chsd 234 School District

7500 West Montrose Ave -

High 9-12
NR

Bridge Elementary School

3800 North New England Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Garvy J Elementary School

5225 North Oak Park Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
7

Onahan Elementary School

6634 West Raven St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Smyser Elementary School

4310 North Melvina Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Pennoyer Elementary School

5200 North Cumberland Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Resurrection High School

7500 West Talcott Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

New Horizon Center For The Dd

6737 West Forest Preserve Avenue - private

Elementary - High 1-6, 8-12
NR

St Sava Academy

5701 North Redwood Drive - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Eugene Elementary School

7930 West Foster Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

New Horizon Center

6737 West Forest Preserve Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Pennoyer School District 79

5200 North Cumberland Ave -

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Hitch Elementary School

5625 North Mcvicker Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Prussing Elementary School

4650 North Menard Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Brickton Montessori School

8622 West Catalpa Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St. Thecla

6323 N Newcastle Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Edison Park Elementary School

6220 North Olcott Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Taft High School

6530 West Bryn Mawr Ave - public

Middle - High 7-12
8

Ridgewood Community High School

7500 West Montrose Ave - public

High 9-12
8

St. Robert Bellarmine School

6036 W Eastwood Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

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