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Bowmanville
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Bowmanville Overview

The area wedged between Lincoln SquareRavenswood, and Andersonville is considered something of a suburban oasis in the city. It is a small neighborhood that most Chicagoans probably wouldn't recognize by name, but despite its size, Bowmanville offers many of the advantages of larger neighborhoods without a lot of the headaches. This tiny, north side Chicago community is located close to shopping and nightlife, but offers a more tranquil locale with distinctive single-family homes and private outdoor space. Trees and grass abound in Bowmanville, providing plenty of green appeal right in your own front yard. Out on Bowmanville's border Avenues are sufficient restaurants, coffee houses and neighborhood pubs to entertainment without disturbing the peacefulness of this lovely, little Chicago enclave.

Bowmanville History

Jesse Bowman, a local innkeeper, was a man who was passionate about getting things done fast—and not necessarily by the books. In the early 1850s he unofficially made the cart paths and forest near present-day Foster and RAve.nswood Ave.nues his own, and laid claim to many of the plots in the area without actually owning any of the property. He then sold the land—that wasn't his—to unwitting buyers, and skipped town. That's basically how Chicago's Bowmanville neighborhood got its start. But the growing communities surrounding Bowman's questionable real estate dealings had a great impact on the success of the small, budding district.

At this point, the area that had once primarily been known for its truck farming and the production of flowers, pickles and celery, was becoming increasingly attractive for its residential potential. Rosehill Cemetery, the northern boundary of Bowmanville neighborhood, opened in 1859 with a majestic front gate and vast wooded lawns that welcomed not only mourners, but families of picnickers and folks just out for a Sunday stroll. In the 1860s, the region south of the cemetery grounds, known as the RAve.nswood neighborhood, which was originally a large suburb, was becoming a popular place to live for commuters with downtown jobs due to the number of train stations in the vicinity. As more stops were added at different points in the neighborhood—culminating with the completion of the RAve.nswood elevated tracks in 1907—the population continued to increase.

The rising number of residents caught the attention of real estate speculators and investors who saw the potential for even more growth in the area. In Bowmanville and nearby RAve.nswood, where once there had been farms and forest, brick bungalows, two-flats and small apartment buildings began to sprout up. Although this northern region of Chicago was traditionally settled by people of German and Swedish heritage, by the 1920s there was an influx of Italians and Russian Jewish immigrants that changed the neighborhood's cultural make-up. Over the next 20 years, as Bowmanville adjusted to the new mix of residents, the population continued to swell and light industry also started to appear on some of the vacant land.

In the 1960s many Greeks relocated to the close by Lincoln Square and Bowmanville areas after being displaced by construction of the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Eisenhower Expressway west of the Loop. In the ensuing years Bowmanville saw its populace continue to increase and diversify, although there was a period in the 1970s when the population dipped somewhat. Since then, Bownmanville has rebounded and an increasing number of families hAve. discovered this hidden neighborhood—close to so much, yet just far enough away to provide quieter streets and ample parking.

Dream Town Knows Bowmanville

As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in Bowmanville. Dream Town holds a well-earned reputation for its impressive sales volume and dedication to personal, attentive service. Benefit from the Dream Town advantage when selling your Bowmanville home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The Bowmanville Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Bateman Elementary School

4220 N Richmond St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Roosevelt High School

3436 West Wilson Ave - public

High 9-12
2

Waters Elementary School

4540 N. Campbell Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Boone Elementary School

6710 North Washtenaw Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Budlong Elementary School

2701 West Foster Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

McPherson Elementary School

4728 N Wolcott Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Northside Catholic Academy

5525 North Magnolia Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Our Lady Of Lourdes

4641 North Ashland Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Queen Of Angels Elementary School

4520 North Western Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Passages Elementary Charter School

1643 West Bryn Mawr Ave - charter

Elementary - Middle K-8
6

St Philip Lutheran

2500 West Bryn Mawr Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

North Park Elementary School

2017 West Montrose Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School

6110 North California Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

4833 North Francisco Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Misericordia Mcauley Residence

2060 West Granville Avenue - private

Elementary, High 1, 4, 10-12
NR

Chicago Montessori

1713 West Cullom Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-2
NR

German International School Chicago

1726 West Berteau Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Torah Montessori School

2800 West North Shore Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Thresholds-James House

4448 North Kimball Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Coonley Elementary School

4046 North Leavitt St - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
8

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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