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Humboldt Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Humboldt Park Overview

Humboldt Park consists of: West Humboldt Park.

A diverse, family-friendly area full of mom-and-pop shops, plenty of greenery and neighbors chatting on front stoops is the core of Humboldt Park living. But the real treat is that the neighborhood hustles and bustles around one of Chicago's largest parks which is the site of many summer music concerts and year round recreation. Also a big draw of this west side community is its unique tie to Puerto Rican culture. Humboldt Park's strong Puerto Rican heritage prompts a yearly festival and parade, held under the neighborhood's two large Puerto Rican flags that mark Paseo Boricua Humboldt Park's main drag. But the restaurants, shops and entertainment are hardly restricted to a single spot – there are great options for eating and amusement all over place in Humboldt Park.

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As the years passed, architecture in Humboldt Park neighborhood changed, giving it an eclectic residential stew with a diverse selection of housing styles. The area began with a cluster of gorgeous graystones. Then in the early 1900s, the focus was on two-flat houses, which was followed by brick bungalows, one- and two-story frame dwellings, and finally, small apartment buildings. You won't see many large apartment buildings or condos when it comes to Humboldt Park real estate. Most buildings here have only a few units. The Humboldt Park neighborhood is so green and residential, sometimes it feels like we aren't even in Chicago anymore (although we're thankful that the bustle of downtown is straight down Division Street just minutes away). The completely comfortable vibe comes from perks like mature leafy trees, real backyards—the kind you have to mow—and lovely streets perfect for an evening stroll. The Humboldt Park neighborhood is packed with families, plus a few artists and the occasional young professional, drawn in by the real estate steals Humboldt Park has to offer.

Humboldt Park History

Humboldt Park neighborhood centers around the actual Humboldt Park, a 207-acre area of green that is the heart of the neighborhood. It was named in 1869 for German naturalist Baron Freidrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt—who has the longest name ever—and was most famous for his five-volume compilation, Cosmos: Draft of a Physical Description of the World. Yeah, we haven't read it either. But after the designation of the park, there was a boom in real estate values, and folks (mostly Scandinavians who moved west after the legendary Chicago Fire of 1871) started to build and settle into the graystone homes immediately surrounding the park. Similar to other west side neighborhoods, Humboldt Park saw a burst in population following the installation of streetcars and elevated street railways in the late 1800s. The railways brought with them the continued settlement of Norwegian and Danish residents and at one point the Scandinavian-dominated area was as large as six blocks by eight blocks, with nearly two dozen Norwegian churches within that small area.

As time passed, the demographics changed. Germans came in during the early 1900s, and were followed by Poles, Italian Americans and Russian Jews in the '20s and '30s. The character of the area, specifically along Division Street between Western and California, was captured during the first half of the 20th century by such notable writers as Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel and Saul Bellow. Sadly, the neighborhood made the headlines for a tragedy in 1958, when a local Catholic school, Our Lady of the Angels, lost 92 students and three nuns in a fire. The incident has been the subject of many books and was the catalyst for many important changes in school safety and fire codes. As the 1960s approached, Chicago saw their first influx of Puerto Rican immigrants, many of who migrated to Humboldt Park. With so many different cultures vying for land and power, things got ugly for a while and came to a head with the Division Street Riots in 1966, when the shooting of a Puerto Rican man by a Chicago police officer sparked three days of rioting. The incident, though tragic, was the springboard for the start of many Puerto Rican rights organizations. As other ethnic groups in Humboldt Park began to move out of the area, the Puerto Rican community developed further. But in the 1970s and '80s, things looked rather grim. Gangs, crime and violence characterized the area, and Humboldt Park earned a reputation as a neighborhood not to hang around in after dark. The park itself was notoriously dangerous, and buildings were in poor condition and overcrowded. But even when the neighborhood was at its darkest, members of the Puerto Rican community continued to expand the area with improvements in housing and business, through many social and economic initiatives. Today, the stretch of Division Street that runs through Humboldt Park is known as 'Paseo Boricua,' and is designated by 59-foot steel Puerto Rican flags on Western and California avenues. Humboldt Park is cleaned up and on a major upswing now. The area is home to many small businesses, cafes and restaurants, and the park is once again a family-friendly place. While gentrification seems to be happening all around Humboldt Park, the west side neighborhood has fought off the big chains like Starbucks and Jewel. So far, anyway. The residents of all backgrounds are drawn to the relaxed neighborhood atmosphere with one of Chicago's biggest and most beautiful parks just a hop, skip and a jump away.

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Schools In The Humboldt Park Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Chase Elementary School

2021 North Point St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Lloyd Elementary School

2103 North Lamon Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-5
4

Reilly Elementary School

3650 West School St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Schubert Elementary School

2727 North Long Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-5
4

Stowe Elementary School

3444 West Wabansia Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

McNair School of Excellence

4820 West Walton Street - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

West Park Elementary Academy

1425 North Tripp Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Mcauliffe Elementary School

1841 North Springfield Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Northwest Middle School

5252 West Palmer St - public

Middle 6-8
2

St Genevieve School

4854 West Montana Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Our Lady Of Grace School

2446 North Ridgeway Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Northwest Institute For Contemporary Learning Academy

5108 West Division Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Maternity BVM Elementary School

1537 N. Lawndale Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Chicago Christian Academy

5110 West Diversey Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-6
NR

Jehovah Lutheran School

3740 West Belden Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Orr Academy High School

730 North Pulaski Rd - public

High 9-12
1

CHRISTOPHER HOUSE CHRT ES

5235 West Belden St - charter

Elementary K-1
6

Terry Town Nursery School & Kinder

817 N Hamlin Ave - private

Elementary K
NR

Ucan

3110 West Grand Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Good Shepherd Christian Academy

3740 W. Belden Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-9
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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