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Norwood Park Overview

Norwood Park consists of: Old Norwood Park, Oriole Park, Union Ridge and Big Oaks.

An abundantly green north side Chicago neighborhood, Norwood Park boasts strong community ties and is filled with fantastic older residences that are ideal for raising a family. Norwood Park resists the typical Chicago grid system in favor of more winding roads. Along these curving drives, homebuyers will find a wonderful variety of properties. Nineteenth-century houses, Cape Cods, ranches, condominiums and new construction developments sum up the real estate opportunities, which fall in just as broad a range of prices. The neighborhood features a small, yet satisfying assortment of dining options within its borders and there is even a unique boutique or two. When it comes to nightlife in Norwood Park, pubs are it. Neighborhood regulars meet up for whatever is on tap and a bit of that community bonding.

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The Norwood Park neighborhood is unique in layout. Modeled after Frederick Law Olmsted’s Riverside community on the east side of the city, Norwood Park’s residential area bucks the typical city grid pattern for winding roads, interspersed with angled streets and mini-subdivisions. Additionally, as the area is filled with trees and other greenery, walking through the neighborhood’s meandering streets is quite literally like a walk in the park.

The neighborhood real estate in Norwood Park varies quite extensively. Homes range from well-maintained nineteenth-century Victorian houses to brick bungalows, Georgians, ranches, and Cape Cods. Also common are single-family condominiums which run the gamut from new construction developments to older brick buildings. As we have mentioned a number of times before (and are continually impressed with), the entire area is fairly green so no matter where you live in Norwood Park, most residences look out onto some kind of green space.

Norwood Park History

Located in a heavily forested country setting, Norwood Park was initially developed in the 1860s as a resort community for weary Chicagoans to relax away from the fast pace of city life. The local hotel, however, only ever attracted local residents that came for leisure, and the whole resort plan was eventually scrapped.

The community was integrated as a Chicago neighborhood in 1874. When incorporated, the area took the name 'Norwood' from Henry Ward Beecher’s novel Norwood: Or, Village Life in New England. After discovering that another Illinois post office already used the name Norwood, the 'Park' surname was added—a fitting inclusion for what would remain a very lush, green community.

As time marched on (as it is wont to do), and despite surrounding industrial development, the Norwood Park community remained primarily residential, gradually becoming home to scores of families—just as we know it today.

History is interesting, but it isn’t always pretty. Anyway, let’s move along to some less macabre factoids, okay? Norwood Park sets itself apart from the rest of historically Democratic Chicago by maintaining primarily Republican leanings. Politics aside, Norwood Park neighborhood is a fantastic place for families, filled with schools, parks, and the community is home to a large number of Chicago police officers and firefighters.

Technically, Norwood Park is considered two separate neighborhoods: Norwood Park and Old Norwood Park. The larger area is bisected by a triangle of land known as Old Norwood Park, an older residential area surrounding the community’s original main drag. Both Norwood Park and Old Norwood Park are home to lush greenery and part of the same pleasant tight-knit northwest side Chicago community.

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Schools In The Norwood Park Area

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

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

Park Ridge Community Consolidated School District 64

164 South Prospect Ave

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Onahan Elementary School

6634 West Raven St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Garvy J Elementary School

5225 North Oak Park Ave

Public Elementary - Middle K-8

Pennoyer Elementary School

5200 North Cumberland Avenue

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Resurrection High School

7500 West Talcott Avenue

Private High 9-12

St Andrews Lutheran School

260 North Northwest Highway

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

St Bernadettes School For Spec Educ

7429 North Milwaukee Avenue

Private PK, 1-3, 10

St Sava Academy

5701 North Redwood Drive

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

St Eugene Elementary School

7930 West Foster Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

Pennoyer School District 79

5200 North Cumberland Ave

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Maine Township Hsd 207 School District

1131 South Dee Rd

High 9-12

Ebinger Elementary School

7350 West Pratt Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

George Washington Elementary School

1500 Stewart Ave

Public Elementary K-5

St. Juliana School

7400 W Touhy Ave

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

St Paul Of The Cross School

140 South Northwest Highway

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

Brickton Montessori School

8622 West Catalpa Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

Logos Christian Academy

7280 North Caldwell Avenue

Private Preschool - High PK-12

St. Thecla

6323 N Newcastle Ave

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

Edison Park Elementary School

6220 North Olcott Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

North Suburban Educ Reg For Voc

1131 South Dee Road

Public Elementary - High n/a

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