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Albany Park is one of 77 well-defined community areas of Chicago. Located on the Northwest Side of the City of Chicago with the North Branch of the Chicago River forming its east and north boundaries, it includes the Albany Park neighborhood, one of the most ethnically diverse in the United States. It has one of highest percentages of foreign-born residents of any Chicago neighborhood. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_Park,_Chicago].
Albany Park Neighbors, https://albanyparkneighbors.wordpress.com
Known for its suburban feel, Edgebrook is a community that is home to two golf courses, part of a forest preserve, and tree-lined streets. While Edgebrook is considered part of the Forest Glen community area in Chicago, it is quite unique and well-defined in its own right. Boasting a Metra stop and a walkable downtown, Edgebrook is one of the most recognizable parts of the 39th Ward. The land where Edgebrook now stands was originally home to the Potowatomi Indians.
Edgebrook Community Association, http://edgebrookcommunity.org/
Self-described as “Chicago’s Finest Community,” Forest Glen is perhaps the most suburban-like community area in Chicago. The neighborhood of Forest Glen is distinct from the “community area” and is a quite intimate and quiet area of Chicago’s Northwest Side encompassing approximately 500 homes, bounded by Cicero Ave on the east, Elston Ave to the south, the Metra right-of-way to the west and the North Branch of the Chicago River to the north. Due to the proximity of the river and Cook County Forest Preserves, much of Chicago’s rigid street grid is interrupted by the meandering streets of the Glen.
Forest Glen Community Club, www.forestglenchicago.org.
Gladstone Park is a neighborhood in the northern section of the Jefferson Park community area in Chicago. It is centered at the large and confusing intersection of Northwest Highway and Central, Milwaukee, and Foster Avenues. Gladstone Park was established in the early 1920s. In 1923, the Gladstone Park Community Club approached the Jefferson Park District about locating a park in the former Gladstone Park subdivision, named for the British Prime Minister William Gladstone. The park district took action the following year, purchasing parkland and naming it after the community group. In 1930, the landscaped park gained a small fieldhouse designed by Clarence Hatzfeld, architect of many Chicago park buildings. Gladstone Park boundaries as defined by the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association are Nagle and Devon Avenues as the far Northwest corner of the boundaries, EAST to the North Branch of the Chicago River, then SOUTHEAST to Central Ave., then SOUTH to Northwest Highway, then NORTHWEST to Bryn Mawr Ave., then WEST to Nagle Ave., then NORTH to Devon Ave.
Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association, https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofGladstonePark
Indian Woods is an intimate neighborhood situated in the Forest Glen community area. The most common type of home in this community is
Indian Woods Community Association, http://www.indianwoods.org/
Part of the larger Albany Park community area, Mayfair is a neighborhood that is typically defined by its diversity and its abundance of Historic Chicago Bungalows. Mayfair has historically been a close-knit, family-oriented neighborhood. Its strong and affordable housing stock helped Mayfair get voted “The Best Place for Bungalows and First-Time Buyers” by This Old House magazine in 2010. Mayfair also boasts some of the 39th Ward’s most iconic places in Marie’s Pizza, a neighborhood institution since 1940, and the Irish American Heritage Center located in the old Mayfair College building.
Mayfair Civic Association, http://newsite.mayfaircivic.org
Also part of the larger Albany Park community area, North Mayfair is
North Mayfair Improvement Association, http://northmayfair.org/nmia/
North Park is one of 77 well-defined community areas of Chicago. Originally a Swedish community and later a stronghold of Orthodox Jews, it more recently has been adopted by newer American immigrants, from Latinos to South Asians. North Park received its name from North Park
Hollywood North Park Community Association, https://www.hnpca.org
North Park Village
Old Irving Park
Part of the Irving Park community area is the neighborhood now known as Old Irving, noted for its stately homes and large lot sizes. Once threatened with out of control freeway building of the 60s and 70s, Old Irving saw a rebirth in the 1980s as one of the most desirable residential addresses in the city. Close to public transportation and full of historic homes, Old Irving is a tight-knit and active community. Originally built as an escape for the wealthy from the city, Old Irving has become a gem within the city itself.
Old Irving Park Association, https://www.oldirvingpark.com
Sauganash (which includes Sauganash Woods and Sauganash Village)
Potawatomi Chief Billy Caldwell, who was of mixed Irish and Native American ancestry, was referred to as Sauganash (“the Englishman”) by Native Americans. Caldwell negotiated numerous treaties with the United States on behalf of the United Nations of the Chippewa, Ottawa
Sauganash Community Association, http://www.sauganash.org/
Sauganash Woods Community Association, https://www.sauganashwoods.com
Sauganash Park, as it is now known, was originally the Peterson Tree Nursery. The area was subdivided in 1925. At the time only two homes were built, one on Karlov just north of Glenlake, and the second on Keeler just south of Glenlake. Building began anew in 1939 and streets were laid under the WPA program in 1940. The idea of a community association was brought up at this time. The first meeting was held in the fall of 1941 and have continued right up to the present day.
Sauganash Park Community Association, https://sauganashpark.org
West Walker is a neighborhood approximately ½ mile by ½ mile square on Chicago’s northwest side. It extends from Pulaski Road east to Central Park Avenue, and from Irving Park Road north to Montrose Avenue. With approximately 1,900 households it is a lower density city neighborhood with many
West Walk Community Association, http://www.westwalker.org/