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Old Norwood Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Old Norwood Park Overview

Old Norwood Park is a part of Norwood Park.

Well-kept older homes, an abundance of trees and parks, and strong community ties make this north side neighborhood an ideal place for strolling, walking dogs and starting a family. Landscape wise, Old Norwood Park is rather unique, as far as Chicago neighborhoods go. The residential streets manage to avoid the typical grid-block pattern in place of angled roads and circular drives. Thick foliage borders the lots, creating a serene and verdant locale that attracts many homebuyers looking for a pleasant area to settle down, without getting too far outside the city center. The trade off for such quietude and natural beauty is a limited amount of restaurants and businesses within the neighborhood boundaries. But Old Norwood Park residents relish their restful community – besides, there is plenty commercial activity next door in the greater Norwood Park neighborhood.

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As far as the geographical layout of Chicago neighborhoods goes, Old Norwood Park is rather unique. Unlike most of Chicago, the design of Old Norwood Park avoided the typical grid pattern. Instead it followed a model laid out by Riverside (a neighborhood on Chicago’s east side designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted) that utilizes mostly winding and circular streets, with occasional angular roads. Churches are scattered about on the irregularly angled street corners, many of the structures having been built decades before any of us were born. Additionally, the streets of Old Norwood Park are packed with trees and other greenery, so a neighborhood stroll is a pleasant and shaded experience.

Old Norwood Park real estate offers a decent amount of variety—from Cape Cods and ranches to bungalows and Georgians—and most on lots a bit larger than average for the city. Single-family homes are common and are often built off alleys that provide access to private garages as well as neighborhood walkways. As you might expect from a neighborhood with 'old' in its title, Old Norwood Park also contains a number of well-maintained Victorian houses dating back to the nineteenth century.

Along Old Norwood Park’s winding roads and spacious lots there are large homes with lush green yards and elegant landscaping. Some sit back from the road, tucked in among mature trees while others are closer to the street allowing residents to make good use of the wrap-around porches. The average sale price for a three-bedroom home is about $490,000, but the grand Old Norwood homes (which often have four or more bedrooms) easily surpass the million dollar mark.

In 1833, a man named Mark Noble became one of the area’s first European settlers. He constructed a house for himself that would not have been terribly impressive if not for the fact that it’s still standing today. The Noble-Seymour-Crippen House (5624 N. Newark Ave.) is believed to be Chicago’s oldest surviving building. The rather unassuming structure also possesses additions constructed by Thomas Seymour, the principal developer of the Norwood Park area, who lived in the house at the turn of the century (from nineteenth to twentieth). More additions were added by the Stuart Crippen family, thus entirely explaining the home’s rather lengthy title.

Old Norwood Park History

In the 1860s, developers looked at the largely forested and undeveloped landscape of what is now known as Old Norwood Park and decided to develop the area into a resort community that would provide Chicagoans a place to take a break from their jobs and busy lives. After constructing a man-made lake and the Norwood Park Hotel, they were disappointed to find the hotel only drew in relaxing locals and they eventually gave up on the resort idea.

In 1874 the community was incorporated into the city of Chicago. Henry Ward Beecher’s novel Norwood: Or Village Life in New England inspired the name 'Norwood' for the new neighborhood that many thought reflected New England’s streets and housing. Later, the name was altered to Norwood Park after it was discovered that another post office in Illinois already had claim on the name Norwood. The nominal alteration would prove fitting, as the community would remain lush and green to the present day.

As years passed, many of the surrounding areas saw a dramatic increase in industrial development. The section of Norwood Park known as Old Norwood Park, however, remained a pleasant residential neighborhood that is home to numbers of families and an overall pleasant place to live. Today, Old Norwood Park is a great area for raising a family, a prime location for good schools, parks, and a place that numbers of Chicago’s own police officers and firefighters call home.

Surrounding the community’s original center, Old Norwood Park resides in between the two halves of Norwood Park, a residential area with very similar characteristics. Both neighborhoods have similar green streets and strong community spirit, but Old Norwood Park boasts some older residences and an even greater number of parks.

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Schools In The Old Norwood Park Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Park Ridge Community Consolidated School District 64

164 South Prospect Ave -

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Garvy J Elementary School

5225 North Oak Park Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
7

Onahan Elementary School

6634 West Raven St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Resurrection High School

7500 West Talcott Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

St Bernadettes School For Spec Educ

7429 North Milwaukee Avenue - private

PK, 1-3, 10
NR

St Andrews Lutheran School

260 North Northwest Highway - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Sava Academy

5701 North Redwood Drive - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Eugene Elementary School

7930 West Foster Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Ebinger Elementary School

7350 West Pratt Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
9

Hitch Elementary School

5625 North Mcvicker Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

St. Juliana School

7400 W Touhy Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Paul Of The Cross School

140 South Northwest Highway - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Logos Christian Academy

7280 North Caldwell Avenue - private

Preschool - High PK-12
NR

St. Thecla

6323 N Newcastle Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Edison Park Elementary School

6220 North Olcott Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

OMBUDSMAN CHICAGO NORTHWEST HS

7500 North Harlem Ave - public

High 9-12
NR

Wildwood Elementary School

6950 North Hiawatha Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
9

Taft High School

6530 West Bryn Mawr Ave - public

Middle - High 7-12
8

St Mary Of The Woods School

7033 North Moselle Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Mary Seat Of Wisdom School

1352 South Cumberland Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
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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