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Budlong Woods
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Budlong Woods Overview

Quiet streets, tree-shaded homes, scenic riverside landscapes, and a mix of cultural backgrounds contribute to the charm of this north side Chicago neighborhood. Sprouting from the site of a pickle farm which was Chicago's primary pickle supplier in the mid 1800s, Budlong Woods has developed into a beautiful setting to raise a family. The large wooded expanse of Legion Park is on its western edge, a wonderful place for short hikes or nature sightings. And many of Budlong Woods' properties boast sizeable private lots that are ideal for letting the kids play outdoors and expend some of that never ending energy. Up on Lincoln Avenue, residents will get their fill of the outside world with convenient grocery stores and an international array of dining options.

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Leafy trees and lush lawns edge the residential neighborhood lanes of Budlong Woods. Perfectly shaped hedges and colorful flower beds dot the front of homes, while the rear gives way to some fairly large back yards—and most likely a summertime barbeque or two. Attached garages are a common amenity in this north side Chicago neighborhood and the mix of housing designs presents an eclectic architectural charm. Good-sized two-story brick homes, traditional bungalows, two-flats, frame cottages, split-levels and several apartment buildings—many built after World War II—line the neighborhood's beautiful side streets. Recent years have seen many apartment buildings rehabbed and converted into condominiums, and several brand-new developments have been built. While there are many modest dwellings in Budlong Woods, a portion of the properties are high-end real estate.

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Budlong Woods History

It's probably safe to say that Budlong Woods is the only Chicago neighborhood named for pickle farmers. The first non-native settlers arrived in what we know today as Budlong Woods back in the 1850s and 1860s. Most were farmers from Germany, Sweden, and Luxembourg. Two of these settlers, Lyman and Joseph Budlong, started growing cucumbers, and in 1857 they founded the Budlong Pickle Farm and Factory, one of the area's first major employers. The business took off, and the factory became the primary supplier of pickles and pickled beets in the Chicago area. (Who knew pickles and beets were in such high demand?) The Budlong Brothers later opened Budlong Greenhouses in 1880 to grow flowers year-round.

There were some other farms in the area, and cow pastures also dotted the landscape. Immigrants from the city came to work in the fields, traveling down Western Avenue in horse cars, and later in streetcars.

Despite good public transportation and available jobs, only a few homes had been built in the area by 1900. Workers commuted to their farm jobs and then returned to their homes in the city. But change was on the way. After the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the rural locale became more attractive to city dwellers who wanted to move away from urban crowding. In 1907, the Ravenswood branch of the Northwestern "El" train (so-named for its elevated tracks) was built in the area, and the same developers who funded the train construction also began snatching up parcels of land for residential construction.

The next decades were ones of amazing growth in Budlong Woods and neighboring communities. Red brick bungalows, large apartment buildings, and two- and three-flats sprung up, many along the North Branch of the Chicago River (Budlong Woods' western border). Numerous businesses set up shop along Lincoln and Western avenues. Entertainment options for the burgeoning population included a stable at the intersection of Berwyn and Western avenues that offered horseback riding. Residents also flocked to movie theaters in nearby Ravenswood, Bowmanville and Lincoln Square to see the latest from Hollywood.

Over the years, waves of immigrants flooded the community—Germans, Greeks and Koreans to name a few. Today, Budlong Woods is home to many ethnic groups, each of which has enriched the community's culture and expanded its identity to include customs and traditions from around the world. The neighborhood's residents take pride in their diversity, and to this day, the pleasant and attractive neighborhood continues to draw people from all walks of life.

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Schools In The Budlong Woods Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Bateman Elementary School

4220 N Richmond St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

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

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

Lincoln Hall Middle School

6855 N. Crawford Ave. - public

Middle 6-8
9

Passages Elementary Charter School

1643 West Bryn Mawr Ave - charter

Elementary - Middle K-8
6

Queen Of Angels Elementary School

4520 North Western Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

4833 North Francisco Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School

6110 North California Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Philip Lutheran

2500 West Bryn Mawr Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

CICS Northtown

3900 W. Peterson - charter

High 9-12
5

Misericordia Mcauley Residence

2060 West Granville Avenue - private

Elementary, High 1, 4, 10-12
NR

Wonder Montessori School

5644 North Pulaski Road - private

Elementary K-1
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

Clinton Elementary School

6110 North Fairfield Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Haugan Elementary School

4540 North Hamlin Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-6
5

Mather High School

5835 North Lincoln Ave - public

High 9-12
4

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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