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Montclare
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Montclare Overview

A clean and inviting neighborhood for people who just can't decide between the suburbs and the city, Montclare has a wealth of restaurants, shopping destinations, and beautiful homes. No need to move all the way out to the suburbs when you require more space or want to start a family, areas like Montclare are the perfect balance of urban existence and small town life. Get the house, the yard, the driveway and the dog (if you want to). The properties in Montclare have room for all. Many Chicagoans with young children are drawn to this neighborhood for the protective measures of speed bumps and traffic circles, common in several parts of the community. You may be protected, but you are certainly not secluded as the main border streets are bustling with major shopping centers and a selection of caf├ęs and eateries.

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It’s a common dilemma for young city dwellers: You want to start a family, but you don’t want to leave the city. If only there was some way to have the safety, comfort, and wonderful schools of the suburbs without losing the glamour, convenience, and excitement of urban living. The neighborhood of Montclare saves you from having to choose.

The housing here mostly consists of single-family residences. An abundance of bungalows, ranch homes, and Tudor-style houses were built here in the 1930s, and they’ve all been impeccably maintained thanks to the pride and conscientiousness of Montclare residents. Most homes have front and back yards, and in true suburban fashion it is a point of pride to one-up your neighbor’s landscaping (nothing like a little friendly competition). Of course this means that in addition to the beautiful green trees lining the sidewalks, you get to admire your community’s gardening prowess while taking an evening stroll.

Though aesthetics and upkeep are big priorities here, nothing is more important in this Chicago neighborhood than the safety and well-being of the children. The community has added several speed bumps and traffic circles to the area—a project that might be a nuisance for drivers, but makes for a safe and family-friendly place to live.

Montclare History

Today, Montclare is the perfect picture of a clean, middle-class suburban neighborhood, but it took more than 100 years, shifting immigrant communities, and a few transportation-related calamities to get to this point.

Although William Sayre threw down his flag to claim 90 acres in this area in 1836 'by right of possession,' he still had to fork over some dough for the land in 1838—a consequence of an inaccurate government survey—when he officially purchased it from the Jefferson Township land sales. Sayre’s marriage to Harriet Lovett the following year was the township’s first official union. With the help of his neighbors Sayre transformed the area into a thriving farming district, mostly turning over bumper crops of corn and oats, which they would then lug down Grand Avenue to sell at the Randolph Street Market in the nearby city of Chicago. The trek to and from the downtown markets was a dangerous one, as farmers worried about trains hitting their wagons or robbers stealing their day’s proceeds on the way back.

By 1872, Sayre gave into progress, allowing the Chicago & Pacific Railroad Company to build over his property. A station bearing his name was built on his farm, but only a year later, the rail line was taken over by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. As a result of this change, only one train a day ran in and out of the area, destroying any new interest for settlers and so, Sayre and his comrades just went right on farming.

In 1889, the city of Chicago voted to annex the township (by that time called Montclare after Montclaire, New Jersey.) Not much changed until 1912, when the Grand Avenue streetcar line began to run all the way into Montclare. The new, easily accessible neighborhood piqued the interest of people hoping to live further away from downtown, but a lack of utilities and paved streets tempered that enthusiasm. By 1920, improvements in the neighborhood’s infrastructure had been taken care of, and families started to move in and build homes.

From the results of the 1970 census, it was apparent that the neighborhood was a popular destination for Italian, Polish, and German immigrants—the contributions of these cultures are still very evident today. Over the next two decades, the population further diversified with an influx of Ukrainian, Greek, Lithuanian, and Lebanese settlers, along with a growing percentage of Latino immigrants. The mingling of so many distinct cultures in one neighborhood has made Montclare a very desirable place to start a family. Tolerance, community involvement and diversity are the strong pillars of this Chicago neighborhood—and the residents like it that way.

Dream Town Knows Montclare

As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in Montclare. Dream Town holds a well-earned reputation for its impressive sales volume and dedication to personal, attentive service. Benefit from the Dream Town advantage when selling your Montclare home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The Montclare Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Ridgewood Chsd 234 School District

7500 West Montrose Ave -

High 9-12
NR

Bridge Elementary School

3800 North New England Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Smyser Elementary School

4310 North Melvina Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Thorp O A Elementary Scholastic Academy

6024 W Warwick Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
7

Chicago Academy Elementary School

3400 North Austin Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Guerin College Prep High School

8001 Belmont Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Notre Dame High School For Girls

3115 North Mason Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

New Horizon Center For The Dd

6737 West Forest Preserve Avenue - private

Elementary - High 1-6, 8-12
NR

Camras Elementary School

3000 North Mango Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

CICS West Belden

2245 N. McVicker - charter

Elementary - Middle K-8
NR

New Horizon Center

6737 West Forest Preserve Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401

8201 West Fullerton Ave -

Preschool - High PK-12
NR

Dever Elementary School

3436 North Osceola Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Lyon Elementary School

2941 North Mcvicker Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
6

Sayre Elementary Language Academy

1850 North Newland Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Elmwood Elementary School

2319 North 76th Ave - public

Elementary 1-6
6

Icci Academy

6435 West Belmont Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-2
NR

Canty Elementary School

3740 North Panama Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
9

Elmwood Park High School

8201 West Fullerton Ave - public

High 9-12
8

Elm Middle School

7607 West Cortland St - public

Middle 7-8
6

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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