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Peterson Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Peterson Park Overview

A vibrant retail plaza, unique schools, solid housing stock, and close proximity to parks and universities make this neighborhood in the northwest side of Chicago a popular place to live. Peterson Park is a stable community and home to many faculty and students from nearby North Park and Northeastern universities. The collegiate air in Peterson Park is not to be outdone by the recreation opportunities, including a golf course and Little League baseball stadium. And in Peterson Park there's only one place to go for shopping and entertainment, the Lincoln Village Shopping Center, where you can peruse the latest fashions and products, and then catch the new Hollywood blockbuster at the Lincoln Village six-screen Cineplex.

Peterson Park History

The Native American Potawatomi were the original residents of what is now the Peterson Park neighborhood. The nearby resources of the Chicago River's North Branch provided fish and fresh water, making the area a desirable setting for the tribe's small villages. By the 1850s, Germans, Luxembourgers, and Swedes arrived on the scene and began farming the land along the river's banks.

Pehr Samuel Peterson left Sweden in 1850 and settled in the Chicago area in 1854. A pioneering horticulturalist, Peterson started a landscape nursery and acquired more than 500 acres of property just north of the city. Soon, his prospering nursery was providing trees to beautify many of the city's parks and neighborhoods. After Peterson's death in 1903, his family donated a large tract of land to the city, part of which eventually became Peterson Park Grounds, which lies just south of the neighborhood's boundaries. The enterprising horticulturalist would probably take pride in the fact that his legacy lives on, not only in the title of the park itself, but also in the name of the neighborhood and Peterson Avenue.

Throughout the latter 1800s, the area that is now Peterson Park saw little change, remaining primarily farmland. Near the turn of the century, however, North Park College was established about one mile south of the neighborhood, and developers began subdividing surrounding area for housing.

The population grew quickly from 1910 to 1930, when new bungalows and two-flats were constructed and industry formed along a stretch of Peterson Avenue. The populace continued to climb during and after World War II. To meet the demands of the growing numbers of consumers in the community, the Chicago area's first modern shopping center—Lincoln Village—was built near the intersection of Peterson and Lincoln avenues in 1952. After a period of decline in the 1970s and 1980s, the center has been revitalized with a variety of new stores, a new movie theater, and an abundance of parking spaces.

Today, the Peterson Park neighborhood is a stable community, home to faculty, staff, and students of nearby North Park University and Northeastern University (both just south of the neighborhood's boundaries), as well as families from all walks of life.

The Sights of Peterson Park

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Schools In The Peterson Park Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Boone Elementary School

6710 North Washtenaw Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Lincoln Hall Middle School

6855 N. Crawford Ave. - public

Middle 6-8
9

Fasman Yeshiva High School

7135 Carpenter Road - private

High 9-12
NR

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School

6110 North California Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

CICS Northtown

3900 W. Peterson - charter

High 9-12
5

Wonder Montessori School

5644 North Pulaski Road - private

Elementary K-1
NR

Torah Montessori School

2800 West North Shore Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Peterson Elementary School

5510 North Christiana Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Clinton Elementary School

6110 North Fairfield Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Mather High School

5835 North Lincoln Ave - public

High 9-12
4

Rutledge Hall Elementary School

6850 N. East Prairie Rd. - public

Elementary 3-5
7

Brisk Academy-Yeshivas Brisk

3000 West Devon Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School

7120 Laramie Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Bais Yaakov High School

3333 West Peterson Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Att Ptach Special Education Program

2828 West Pratt Boulevard - private

Elementary - Middle K-8
NR

Lubavitch Girls High School

6350 North Whipple Street - private

High 9-12
NR

Queen Of All Saints School

6230 North Lemont Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School

2809 West Jarvis Avenue - private

Elementary - Middle 1-8
NR

Keshet High School

2828 West Pratt Boulevard - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Keshet High School-Intensive

2828 West Pratt Boulevard - private

Elementary - High n/a
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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