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Buena Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Buena Park Overview

Buena Park is a part of Uptown.

More than a sub-neighborhood of Uptown Buena Park is a full-fledged, self-sufficient community that has perfected the art of active lakeside living. A waterfront golf course, public beach, off-leash dog park and protected boat harbor are all within walking distance of your front door, not to mention amazing restaurants, happening bars and reputable theaters. Of course the warmer weather months are when things are really swinging in Buena Park. Folks can't resist Lake Michigan's draw — sun, sand and surf — a relaxing vacation spot located right in Chicago. But even when the wind bites at your nose and the beach is deserted, Buena Park bumps up the coziness with lots of comfy coffee houses, belly-warming eateries and welcoming neighborhood pubs.

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Although it's officially been part of Chicago for more than 100 years, Buena Park hasn't entirely lost its suburban feel. The residential enclave consists of tranquil, leafy streets lined with turn-of-the-century Georgian and Prairie School mansions and single-family homes nestled comfortably on spacious lots—many of which have their own driveways.

Buena Park's Hutchinson Street was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1977. The street, originally called Kenesaw Terrace, is home to one of the city's best collections of Prairie-style residences, many of which were designed by famed architect George W. Maher. Other distinct designs found up and down Hutchinson Street (and the rest of the neighborhood) include Classical Revival, Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque. For the architecture buffs, this north side Chicago street offers a unique perspective on residential construction from 1890 through 1920.

Buena Park real estate also has several large, vintage apartment buildings housing people of all walks of life, from single young adults to new families to retirees. Along Marine Drive—the neighborhood's prime stretch of property—high-rise condominiums, townhomes and single-family houses offer residents beautiful views of the lakefront.

Buena Park History

Although many lump Chicago's Buena Park neighborhood in with Uptown, Buena Park is considered a neighborhood all its own—a small residential nook located within the larger umbrella region of Uptown. It has its own unique identity and history and, in fact, the development of Buena Park actually predates that of Uptown.

The area now known as Buena Park originally began as a suburb of Chicago when wealthy Chicagoans started building homes there during the 1870s. One of those wealthy residents was Robert A. Waller, a prominent real estate developer. Waller contributed to the expansion of the suburb in 1887 when he subdivided his considerable property and offered it up for residential growth. For his role in Buena Park's progression, Waller is considered the neighborhood's founder.

In 1889 Chicago annexed the developing area. The Northwestern Railroad came to Uptown a year later, bringing with it the development of large apartment buildings and an influx of people to a region that had previously been only sparsely populated by immigrant farmers. While Uptown continued to flourish for the next three generations as a popular entertainment destination, Buena Park thrived as a residential haven for middle and upper classes seeking proximity to Uptown's spotlight, while staying out of its harsh glare.

After the economic boom of the 1920s came the bust. The aftermath of World War II led to a severe housing shortage and as a result Buena Park's stately houses and apartment buildings were broken up into small, inexpensive living units. The area was in severe decline until it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Since then, efforts have been made to restore Buena Park's former architectural glory through upscale renovations and restorations.

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Schools In The Buena Park Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Brennemann Elementary School

4251 North Clarendon Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

McPherson Elementary School

4728 N Wolcott Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Inter-American Elementary Magnet School

851 West Waveland Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Nettelhorst Elementary School

3252 North Broadway St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Waters Elementary School

4540 N. Campbell Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Passages Elementary Charter School

1643 West Bryn Mawr Ave - charter

Elementary - Middle K-8
6

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

Lake View Academy

716 West Addison Street - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

North Park Elementary School

2017 West Montrose Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
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

Greenfields Academy

3232 N. Elston Ave. - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Burley Elementary School

1630 West Barry Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
9

Coonley Elementary School

4046 North Leavitt St - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
8

Goudy Elementary School

5120 North Winthrop Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Ravenswood Elementary School

4332 North Paulina St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Rickover Naval Academy High School

5900 North Glenwood Ave - public

High 9-12
7

St Andrew School

1710 West Addison Street - 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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