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Old Irving Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Old Irving Park Overview

Old Irving Park is a part of Irving Park.

This tranquil neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side boasts large vintage homes on oversized lots and convenient access to the city's downtown Loop and O'Hare International Airport by bus, train, or expressway. Old Irving Park is a small section of Irving Park proper where landmark architecture meets modern construction. Buildings erected in the late 1800s still grace the tree-lined streets that are also budding with contemporary townhomes and new condominiums. Despite its charming old-school character, Old Irving Park is an active commercial center. The neighborhood's Six Corners Plaza is a retail hub where residents find big box stores such as Office Depot and Sears. Independent specialty shops are also on hand and a dining backdrop that includes all the local favorites (stuffed pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs).

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Residents of Old Irving Park take pride in the fact that they have something other Chicago neighborhoods don’t: space. Many homes rest on oversized—sometimes double—lots. And, Old Irving Park boasts a veritable bonanza of Chicago residential architectural styles. You’ll find Victorians, Queen Annes, Princess Annes, Italiantes, vintage farmhouses, bungalows, graystones, and Prairie School homes, to name a few.

To add to the mix, contemporary townhomes, new single-family houses, and modern condominiums are springing up in the area, drawing residents of all ages and walks of life to the charming northwest side local. Chances are whatever type of home you’re looking for, you can find it in this Chicago neighborhood.

A one-bedroom condo in Old Irving Park ranges between $135,000 and $220,000 (that’s generally without garage parking). A two-bedroom place starts around $170,000, with plenty of options that reach into the mid to upper $300,000s. Many of the condos in this Chicago neighborhood are found in classic mid-rise courtyard buildings, although a handful of newer models are sprinkled about the area. One- and two-story single-family dwellings with three or four bedrooms start in the upper $200,000s. However, the average sales price for a private house in Old Irving Park is around $500,000 with several homes surpassing the million dollar price point.

Old Irving Park History

Old Irving Park wasn’t always 'old,' of course. This Chicago neighborhood’s development began in 1869, when businessman Charles T. Race and a group of developers bought two parcels of farmland totaling more than 200 acres. Plans to farm the land were quickly dropped as the forwarding-thinking businessmen opted to create an exclusive suburban community on the property instead.

Realizing that transportation was the key to attracting settlers, the developers worked out a deal with the Chicago & North Western Railroad. In return for the developers footing the bill to build a train station on their land, the railroad company agreed to stop at the new station to pick up passengers headed for downtown and beyond. The next step was to name their new suburb—the developers’ first choice was Irvington, after author Washington Irving. But when they learned there was already an Irvington in Illinois, they changed the name to Irving Park.

The suburb quickly attracted Chicago’s wealthy, who yearned for more land and bigger homes. The area also appealed to the middle class, who wanted to escape the 'dangers' of city living. In October of 1871, some of these early residents ran to the cupolas of their homes to watch the Great Chicago Fire rage several miles away. After the fire, Irving Park witnessed a mini building boom as people fled to nearby areas untouched by the fire’s destructive flames. Several grand mansions were built along Irving Park Boulevard (now Irving Park Road) in the early 1870s, and hundreds of homes and other buildings were constructed over the next twenty or so years. Fortunately, some of these historic gems still grace the neighborhood grounds today.

The bustling area became part of Chicago in 1889. New amenities like water lines, streets, and streetcar service attracted even more residents between 1895 and 1914. During this time, more than 5,000 buildings were put up, including 1,200 multi-family homes. Construction in the area remained mostly residential for the next few decades.

The Irving Park neighborhood changed drastically in the 1960s, when many homes and businesses were razed for the Northwest (now Kennedy) Expressway. Although architectural jewels were lost, there was good news: residents now had quick access to a major transportation route. A new Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) line built in 1970 (and extended to O’Hare International Airport in 1984) made the area even more commuter-friendly.

Old Irving Park—a subsection of Irving Park proper—began a period of rebirth in the 1980s, as more people discovered its history, beautiful homes, and convenient location. Throughout the decade, many structures were named landmarks. The Old Irving Park Association was founded in 1983 to emphasize neighborhood unity and the preservation of historic residences. As you walk through Old Irving Park’s quiet streets, you’ll see grand homes restored to their original glory, other homes in the process of restoration, and brand new developments carving out a new neighborhood history.

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As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in Old Irving Park. 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 Old Irving Park home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The Old Irving Park Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Belding Elementary School

4257 North Tripp Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Farnsworth Elementary School

5414 North Linder Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Reilly Elementary School

3650 West School St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Reinberg Elementary School

3425 North Major Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Roosevelt High School

3436 West Wilson Ave - public

High 9-12
2

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

Our Lady of Victory

4434 N Laramie Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Park View Lutheran School

3919 North Monticello Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Wonder Montessori School

5644 North Pulaski Road - private

Elementary K-1
NR

Thresholds-James House

4448 North Kimball Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Beaubien Elementary School

5025 North Laramie Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Falconer Elementary School

3020 North Lamon Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-6
3

Haugan Elementary School

4540 North Hamlin Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-6
5

Prussing Elementary School

4650 North Menard Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Scammon Elementary School

4201 West Henderson St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Luther North College Prep

5700 West Berteau Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Vaughn Occupational High School

4355 North Linder Ave - public

High 9-12
NR

Murphy Elementary School

3539 West Grace Street - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

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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