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Sheridan Park
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Sheridan Park Overview

While some might consider Sheridan Park as simply a subdivision of Uptown, the people who live and play here would beg to differ. Its upscale residential vibe, assortment of restaurants and close proximity to Lake Michigan make the Sheridan Park neighborhood worth mentioning on its own. Sun-lovers storm the Sheridan Park beaches in summer, armed with sand toys, sunscreen, coolers and Frisbees. An off-leash dog park is a favorite among pooch owners, and fishing enthusiasts enjoy the free equipment service provided by the Chicago Park District. Heading inland from the active shoreline setting, Sheridan Park is bustling with business as folks dine at outdoor patios and flood into the theaters for play productions and live music concerts. A couple of neighborhood taverns complete the warm, spirited atmosphere in this friendly north side Chicago community.

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Sheridan Park History

Chicago's north side was once covered by the prehistoric Lake Chicago, which explains the area's exceptional flatness. From this even topography rose two sandy pits—perfect locations for burial grounds. In 1860, one of these pits was chartered to become Graceland Cemetery, now one of the city's most historic and famous cemeteries where visitors stroll down tree-lined lanes and relax in the park-like atmosphere while searching out the ornate tombs of some of Chicago's most famous businessmen and architects, including Marshall Field, Louis Sullivan, and Potter Palmer.

Shortly after the charter was commissioned, a dispute arose between the townspeople and Graceland over the land the cemetery was holding for future use. The final agreement called for the area, located just north of the graveyard, to be developed rather than remain part of the cemetery grounds. Eventually, that land developed into Sheridan Park—named after a stop on the now defunct Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway.

During the 1920s, a commercial boom took place east of Sheridan Park: Uptown was the site of a burgeoning entertainment district. Large hotels and huge entertainment centers like The Aragon Ballroom and The Green Mill jazz club were popping up, and the people were coming to the area in droves. Because Sheridan Park was so close to this new bustling part of town—not to mention a hop, skip and jump away from the shores of Lake Michigan, it became a residential haven for middle and upper class families.

After World War II, the area experienced a housing shortage and stately Sheridan Park homes and spacious apartment buildings turned into rooming houses, which had little regard for the original aesthetic. Lucky for us, in 1985, Sheridan Park was designated a Historic District for its significant examples of outstanding architectural design, including Prairie School, late Victorian and late 19th and 20th century Revivals. This designation has led to an explosion of renovations and luxury upgrades that are bringing back the glory days to these beautiful Sheridan Park homes.

The Sights of Sheridan Park

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Schools In The Sheridan Park Area

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

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

Waters Elementary School

4540 N. Campbell Ave

Public Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Bateman Elementary School

4220 N Richmond St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Brennemann Elementary School

4251 North Clarendon Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Budlong Elementary School

2701 West Foster Avenue

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

McPherson Elementary School

4728 N Wolcott Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Passages Elementary Charter School

1643 West Bryn Mawr Ave

Charter Elementary - Middle K-8
6

Northside Catholic Academy

5525 North Magnolia Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Our Lady Of Lourdes

4641 North Ashland Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Queen Of Angels Elementary School

4520 North Western Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Philip Lutheran

2500 West Bryn Mawr Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

North Park Elementary School

2017 West Montrose Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Lake View Academy

716 West Addison Street

Private Elementary - High n/a
NR

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

4833 North Francisco Avenue

Private High 9-12
NR

Misericordia Mcauley Residence

2060 West Granville Avenue

Private Elementary, High 1, 4, 10-12
NR

Chicago Montessori

1713 West Cullom Avenue

Private Preschool - Elementary PK-2
NR

German International School Chicago

1726 West Berteau Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Ravenswood Elementary School

4332 North Paulina St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Coonley Elementary School

4046 North Leavitt St

Public Elementary - Middle K-8
8

Goudy Elementary School

5120 North Winthrop Avenue

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Hayt Elementary School

1518 West Granville Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-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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