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Edison Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Edison Park Overview

Edison Park is a quaint residential community on Chicago's far northwest side, boasting a variety of parks, a vibrant dining district, and convenient proximity to O'Hare International Airport. A lone Chicago neighborhood jutting out into the suburbs, Edison Park allows folks to enjoy the comfort and convenience of suburban life without having to leave city limits. Families with young children like the selection of elementary schools and daycares to choose from, and everyone seems to be a fan of the annual summer festival that takes over Edison Park's central business blocks for three days every August. Architecture buffs aren't missing anything by living away from the downtown Loop's cluster of world-renowned buildings because Edison Park has some notable structures of it own, designed by famous architects, that have been welcomed to Chicago Landmark status and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Edison Park boasts a variety of housing styles, so chances are, no matter what your tastes, you’ll find a home to suit your liking in this tranquil northwest side Chicago neighborhood. Set on large green grass lots with nicely manicured shrubs and gardens, Edison Park properties are a lovely mix of bungalows, Victorians, Tudors, condominiums, and newer single-family homes. Take a stroll down any of the neighborhood’s shady streets and enjoy the sound of birds chirping and leaves rustling in the breeze. An idyllic setting to start a family, raise children or spend your retirement.

Edison Park History

Edison Park became a part of the city of Chicago in 1910, but its history doesn’t start there.

Native Americans originally inhabited the then-wooded Edison Park area, taking advantage of its proximity to the North Branch of the Chicago River, less than a mile away, and to the old trail (now Milwaukee Avenue) that led north to Wisconsin. In 1834, the Ebinger family settled just west of the river between what are now Touhy and Devon avenues. The Ebingers were on their way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the old trail, but legend has it that their horse received a fatal snake bite, stranding them in the area north of Chicago where they were destined to stay for years to come.

The spot soon became a popular stopping point for other pioneers, many of them German farmers, who traveled along the trail because it was drier and less swampy than surrounding land. In 1835, the Illinois and Wisconsin Railroad laid tracks in the area and land developers followed, laying out blocks and streets for a new railroad community.

After the 1871 Chicago Fire, Edison Park saw its first real growth spurt as Chicago residents fled both the disaster and the city’s congestion for a quieter life in the suburbs. Developers hoping to attract city dwellers built ornate suburban houses along Olmsted, Oliphant, and Oxford avenues and installed electric streetlights at major intersections—cutting-edge technology at the time. Promoting it as Chicago’s first electric suburb, they asked Thomas Alva Edison’s permission to name the community in his honor, and he couldn’t refuse. In 1890, the area was named Edison Park.

Soon after, a hotel was built nearby which attracted visitors in to town for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in downtown Chicago. After all, the exposition was only two short train rides away. Several churches were built at the time, too, but despite this mini building boom, the area remained primarily farmland for years.

After toying with the idea of remaining an independent village, Edison Park finally voted to become part of Chicago in 1893 to take advantage of the city’s infrastructure and utilities. Unfortunately, those promised services didn’t arrive until after World War I, so the community’s growth was sluggish. Soon after the arrival of the long-awaited city services, however, development skyrocketed. Blocks of houses were built, including bungalows, Dutch colonials, and four-squares. Apartment buildings with storefronts also appeared, although the area remained primarily residential. In the 1920s, dozens of elm trees were planted as part of a community beautification project, some of which still tower triumphantly over the streets and houses of Edison Park today.

The end of World War II meant another surge in construction, as blocks of starter homes were built to serve both returning war veterans and their families, and workers at the new Douglas Aircraft factory near Orchard Field (now O’Hare International Airport). Edison Park continued to grow over the next few decades, attracting middle- and upper-class families. Its parks expanded in the 1970s to accommodate the growing number of children in the area. Today, Edison Park remains a stable residential community, with successful shopping and restaurant districts, respected schools, and convenient access to rail lines and O’Hare International Airport.


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Schools In The Edison Park Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Park Ridge Community Consolidated School District 64

164 South Prospect Ave -

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Alternative Resource Center Arc

1111 South Dee Rd - public

High 9-12
NR

St Bernadettes School For Spec Educ

7429 North Milwaukee Avenue - private

PK, 1-3, 10
NR

Embers Elementary School

8340 North Greenwood Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-5
NR

St Andrews Lutheran School

260 North Northwest Highway - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Ebinger Elementary School

7350 West Pratt Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
9

George Washington Elementary School

1500 Stewart Ave - public

Elementary K-5
10

St. Juliana School

7400 W Touhy Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Paul Of The Cross School

140 South Northwest Highway - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Logos Christian Academy

7280 North Caldwell Avenue - private

Preschool - High PK-12
NR

Jeanine Schultz Memorial School

2101 Oakton Street - private

Elementary - High 1, 4-5, 7-12
NR

Northridge Preparatory School

8320 W Ballard Rd - private

Middle - High 6-12
NR

Edison Park Elementary School

6220 North Olcott Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

OMBUDSMAN CHICAGO NORTHWEST HS

7500 North Harlem Ave - public

High 9-12
NR

Maine South High School

1111 South Dee Rd - public

High 9-12
10

Niles Esd 71 School District

6901 West Oakton St -

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Clarence E Culver School

6901 West Oakton St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Lincoln Middle School

200 South Lincoln Ave - public

Middle 6-8
8

Notre Dame College Prep

7655 West Dempster Street - private

High 9-12
NR

Mary Seat Of Wisdom School

1352 South Cumberland Avenue - 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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