39th Ward

The 39th Ward encompasses a diverse range of neighborhoods, each with its unique history and contemporary appeal.  Nearly all our neighborhoods have active and engaged community groups that work diligently to maintain safe and welcoming neighborhoods for our residents. 


Please browse this section to discover more about our neighborhoods and get in touch with community groups in the 39th ward.

Albany Park
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

Brynford Park
Brynford Park is tiny pocket of Chicago’s North Park neighborhood, a mere six square blocks hosting just over 100 1920s-era homes, many in a Dutch Colonial style on 30-foot and wider lots. The neighborhood takes its name from its southeastern corner intersection of Bryn Mawr Ave and Pulaski Rd, formerly Crawford Ave.
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/

Forest Glen
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
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
Indian Woods is an intimate neighborhood situated in the Forest Glen community area. The most common type of home in this community is single-family home, and the majority are ranch, cape cod, split level and english style, and they were built between 1923 and 1960. Indian Woods (South Edgebrook) is defined by Central Avenue to the west, the Edgebrook Woods Forest Preserve to the north and east, and Elston Avenue to the south. Indian Woods is originally part of the Forest Glen community area, but also located in the northern portion of Jefferson Park.

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

North Mayfair
Also part of the larger Albany Park community area, North Mayfair is distinct neighborhood that is typically defined by its family-friendly nature and its abundance of Historic Chicago Bungalows, a fact that played a significant role in getting North Mayfair added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.  The bungalows that define in North Mayfair, many built between 1913 and 1930, were housing stock that allowed working and middle-class families to share in the American dream of homeownership. The heyday of North Mayfair centered around the extraordinary growth that Bankers Life and Casualty saw in the 1920s and 1930s. Bankers Trust’s headquarters were located at Elston and Lawrence and made this area quite vibrant until it relocated in 1989.

North Mayfair Improvement Association, http://northmayfair.org/nmia/

North Park
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 University . Further north is the campus of Northeastern Illinois University, which opened in 1961. Other major land uses include two large cemeteries, LaBagh Woods forest preserve, Peterson Pulaski Industrial Park, and North Park Village, which includes housing, park facilities, and a nature center. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Park,_Chicago]

Hollywood North Park Community Association, https://www.hnpca.org

North Park Village
The area now known as North Park Village, is home to senior housing, a Chicago Park District gymnastics center, and the nature center that lets people explore 46 wild-ish acres in the middle of the city’s Far North Side. Before its transformation in late 70s and early 80s, the 160-acre North Park Village was home to the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium. The 650-bed, 32-building facility was founded to provide treatment and long-term care at no cost to patients suffering from this highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease. The current Peterson Park Fieldhouse used to be the sanitarium’s research facility. The hospital was built and operated on the theory that light, fresh air and activities were key parts of treatment. The transformation from abandoned sanitorium to community gem was not assured, however, and took many years of hard work by dedicated community members to keep the lush grounds from being turned into a retail mall with acres of parking. The current grounds also include plots for community gardens.
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

Peterson Park
The Potawatomi tribe lived in the area near the Chicago River’s North Branch, in what would later become Peterson Park neighborhood (bound by Devon Avenue to the north, Peterson Avenue to the south, Pulaski Road to the west and the Chicago River to the east). In the 1850s, European pioneers from Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden came across this gorgeous riverside setting and established their farms along the mineral-rich banks. Swedish horticulturalist, Pehr Samuel Peterson, started a landscape business and thanks to the 500 acres of property he obtained and cultivated, his nursery helped blanket the city’s parks and neighborhoods with plants and trees. Following his death in early 1900, Peterson’s heirs gave a significant piece of land to the city, which was later turned into Peterson Park Grounds, located just southwest of the neighborhood’s southern boundary. Following the construction of the North Park and Northeastern Universities brought a twenty-year building frenzy, beginning in 1910, to create new homes for the influx of students and families. Bungalows and two-flats sprung up in the area, establishing block after block of residential subdivisions. In the mid-1950s, Chicago’s first modern shopping center, Lincoln Village, was built at the cross section of Peterson and Lincoln avenues to accommodate the needs of the growing population.
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 and Potawotomi, and for his peacekeeping work, the United States government awarded him 1600 acres on the Chicago River, a plot of land that is now home to the Sauganash, Forest Glen and Edgebrook neighborhoods. The Sauganash community is characterized by its suburban-like feel. Sauganash’s tree-lined streets are home to varying styles of homes, from English Tudors to Cape Cods, Georgians to bungalows. Sauganash is one of the largest communities in the 39th Ward, bounded by Devon Ave to the north, LaBaugh Woods to the south, Cicero to the west and Kostner to the east.

Sauganash Community Association, http://www.sauganash.org/

Sauganash Woods Community Association, https://www.sauganashwoods.com

Sauganash Park
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
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 single family homes occupying extrawide lots with mature trees. Many of the 100-year-old homes retain traditional character and details in their architecture.  Nearby amenities include Independence Park and the Independence branch of the Chicago Public Library, and easy access to the CTA Blue line Irving Park Station.  The West Walker Civic Association is Chicago’s oldest continuous a not-for-profit civic organization and was founded in the year 1912 and incorporated in 1920.

West Walk Community Association, http://www.westwalker.org/


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Chicago, IL 60646