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Union Ridge
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Union Ridge Overview

Union Ridge is a part of Norwood Park.

This family-friendly northwest Chicago neighborhood packs quiet residential areas and a number of unique dining venues into its tree-lined streets. Union Ridge is bisected by the main strip of business along Higgins Road where locals go to dine out, get take out, or spend a night out on the town. Of course, we're not talking wild and crazy clubs or five-star French restaurants here, but for a low-key watering hole or nice, sit-down meal, Union Ridge is top-rated. Staying in for an evening is just as sweet around here. Who doesn't love relaxing in a warm house, surrounded by a neatly trimmed, green grass lot on a long, sidewalk-lined block? Security and comfort abound in Union Ridge, affording residents a sense of tranquility and ease that makes a home in this Chicago neighborhood a prize possession.

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Union Ridge adheres to a standard Chicago neighborhood grid layout. The streets are shaded by mature trees, and edged by moderate lawn space. Sidewalks provide plenty of room for walking around and the roads are wide enough to park cars that don’t fit in the alley-accessed garages. The vast majority of housing in Union Ridge is comprised of single-family detached homes that sit on modest lots. You’ll find everything from two-story vintage-style new constructions to long-established raised ranches and bungalows. A number of reasonably sized townhomes also line the often one-way streets of Union Ridge and a few older brick condominiums also dot the area.

The neighborhood’s only exception to the grid pattern is Union Ridge Cemetery, an older community cemetery utilized by people from the area. It may not feature monuments for famous politicians or criminals, but it has a rich history within Union Ridge. Aside from the cemetery, only the businesses of Higgins Road break up the tight rows of housing.

As far as pricing goes, a three-bedroom detached home can cost anywhere from around $300,000 to around $550,000. Adding another bedroom or two raises the price slightly, as the average for four or five bedrooms (within a house, as opposed to some 'nothing but bedrooms' structure) is around $423,000, but several homes top out at over $800,000. Although there are few on the market in this area of Chicago, pricing for a one- or two-bedroom attached unit is around $180,000.

Union Ridge History

Nowadays Union Ridge is a pleasant residential neighborhood, but it wasn’t always so densely populated. Back in 1835, there was just one man in the area—a guy named Israel Smith. He constructed a cabin on a ridge and was later joined by his father and brothers. As neighbors began settling the area, they rather sensibly referred to the ridge as 'Smith’s Ridge,' an informal name would ultimately lose out to the title 'Union Ridge' after the Smith clan left the area. But the land the Smiths left behind would eventually make up the neighborhoods of Union Ridge and Big Oaks, nearby Ridgemoor Country Club, and parts of the Harwood Heights suburbs.

Today, the farms, cabins, and even the ridge are gone, and Union Ridge has become a quiet, mostly residential neighborhood. Most businesses, restaurants and stores operate off Higgins Road, the area’s busiest street, which bisects the Chicago neighborhood, leaving ample room for housing.

Dream Town Knows Union Ridge

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

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Schools In The Union Ridge Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Union Ridge area.

School Type Grade Rating

Ridgewood Chsd 234 School District

7500 West Montrose Ave -

High 9-12
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

Pennoyer Elementary School

5200 North Cumberland Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Resurrection High School

7500 West Talcott Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

New Horizon Center For The Dd

6737 West Forest Preserve Avenue - private

Elementary - High 1-6, 8-12
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

New Horizon Center

6737 West Forest Preserve Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Pennoyer School District 79

5200 North Cumberland Ave -

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

Brickton Montessori School

8622 West Catalpa Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
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

Taft High School

6530 West Bryn Mawr Ave - public

Middle - High 7-12
8

Ridgewood Community High School

7500 West Montrose Ave - public

High 9-12
8

St. Robert Bellarmine School

6036 W Eastwood Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Mary Seat Of Wisdom School

1352 South Cumberland Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Academy Of St Priscilla At Divine Savior

7750 West Montrose Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-2
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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