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Graceland West
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Graceland West Overview

This picturesque neighborhood is a breath of fresh air in the center of Chicago's north side. Perfect for families starting out, university students, retired couples, and everyone in between, Graceland West offers a tranquil community-oriented home away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, without being too far removed from the exciting nightlife and dining scene of nearby Wrigleyville. Traces of the Victorian era are found in Graceland West's grand homes and sweeping front lawns. Other sections of the neighborhood are more modern with contemporary condominiums, duplexes and townhouses. With such a range of housing styles, homebuyers of all budgets can find just the right place.

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Graceland West History

Tucked between the popular Chicago communities of Lakeview, Uptown, Wrigleyville and Andersonville, Graceland West locals enjoy the spillover of entertainment and vitality from the surrounding neighborhoods that attract Chicagoans from all around to hang out, eat, and cheer on their baseball team. But its location, next to the sprawling grounds of the historic Graceland Cemetery, not only inspired the neighborhood name, but also incites an air of peace and a slower pace than other areas in the vicinity.

Considered by most to be the Pére Lachaise (Paris’ largest cemetery) of Chicago, Graceland is the final resting place to the Windy City’s royal merchantry. Potter Palmer, George Pullman, Marshall Fields, Phillip D. Armour and Daniel Burnham are but a few of the luminaries buried here.

Designed by O.C. Simonds, one of Chicago’s most respected landscape architects, the graveyard was built in 1860. It wasn’t long before folks started to construct houses next to the beautiful grounds of the city’s most talked-about cemetery, and soon a thriving residential area followed. The land directly west of the burial site—aptly called Graceland West—was settled between the 1870s and 1900 as a retreat from hectic city life. The original real estate campaign championed quaint countryside where tall trees grow and properties boast spacious lots. As the years progressed, though, the open green plots of land filled in with rows of tightly-packed housing along a well-defined grid of streets.

These days, despite its close proximity to other urbanized areas, sections of Graceland West still maintain a bit of its distinctive past characteristics as a rural haven. Many of the homes are still surrounded by plenty of green grass, set back from the road on lots that are twice the size of most city properties. And, because of its prime spot in the dead center of Chicago’s north side, Graceland West continues to be a very desirable locale for Chicagoans who prefer to feel like they’re a little more removed from the action, but appreciate the neighborhood’s accessibility.


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Schools In The Graceland West Area

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

20 schools in area
School Type Level Grade(s) Rating

Waters Elementary School

4540 N. Campbell Ave

Public Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Bateman Elementary School

4220 N Richmond St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Brennemann Elementary School

4251 North Clarendon Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

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

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

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

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

Lake View Academy

716 West Addison Street

Private Elementary - High n/a
NR

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

4833 North Francisco Avenue

Private High 9-12
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

Greenfields Academy

3232 N. Elston Ave.

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Ravenswood Elementary School

4332 North Paulina St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Burley Elementary School

1630 West Barry Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
9

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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