Norwood Park is a family-friendly community just minutes away from downtown Chicago. The neighborhood features quiet tree-lined streets and great community parks. Norwood Park has excellent public transportation, fantastic schools, and offers a variety of real-estate options for home buyers, everything from vintage properties, to single to larger family homes, and modern condominiums. Norwood Park is a great place to call home and an ideal community to raise a family.
Norwood Park community is a far northwest side Chicago neighborhood located about 13 miles from the Loop. The boundaries for Norwood Park neighborhood are Devon Avenue to the north, Harlem and Austin avenues to the east, and Northwest Highway and Kennedy Expressway (I-90) to the south, and Canfield Road to the west.
Other Chicago neighborhoods near Norwood Park homes are Jefferson Park, Union Ridge, Old Norwood Park Oriole Park, and O’Hare.
Norwood Park community was named in honor of a town from a novel written by Henry Ward Beecher.
Noble-Seymor Crippen House and Taft High School are the two oldest building in the Norwood Park Community.
Total population 37,669
Square miles of land 3.67
African American 0.88%
Median $53, 402
Source: US Census 2000
The village of Norwood Park was incorporated in 1874. Originally, the community selected Norwood as its name which came from a novel titled, “Norwood: Or, Village Life in New England” written by Henry Ward Beecher. However, at that time, there was another village with the same name so the citizens added the surname “Park” in honor of their forest-country scenery.
The area’s first settlers were English farmers who came to Norwood around 1830. Over time, German, Poles, and Scandinavian immigrants came to the area to work for the railroad companies and help build the community. By 1893, Norwood Park was annexed to Chicago.
Officially, two neighborhoods make up Northwood Park community: Old Norwood Park and Norwood Park. Old Norwood Park is a quiet residential area bordered by trees and foliage home to many older historical properties.
Norwood Park real-estate offers a great variety of housing options for home buyers. The area features attractive historical Victorian homes to ranch, Tudor, and Cape Cod style housing, including modern single-family condominiums.
Real-estate prices in Norwood Park start around $150,000 for smaller properties and move up to mid $300,00s for 2-3 bedroom houses. Larger homes and historical houses are valued over $500,000.
Norwood Park condominiums with one bedroom range from $100,000 to $150,000, and larger condos range between $185,000 and $340,000.
Access to public transportation for Norwood Park residents is easy. The community is served by CTA’s Blue Line Train which provides 24 hour transit service to the Loop and O’Hare airport. Plus the Metra Railroad Service is available for Norwood Park residents looking to travel into downtown Chicago.
Norwood Park neighborhood and students are served by several public and private elementary schools and high schools.
Jet's Public House (6148 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-792-2440). Jet’s Public House is one of those great comfortable neighborhood bars that will make you feel at home. Open in 2005, the bar’s philosophy is to provide customers a fun friendly environment with great food and drinks at a great prices. Hang out with your friends and catch your favorite sports team on one of their several flat-screen plasma televisions. Come for the drinks and stay for their delicious bar food! Brunch is available on the weekends. Open 7 days a week, Mon-Fri 4 pm – 2 am, Sat 11 am – 3 am, and Sun 11 am – 2 am.
The Three Counties Irish Pub (5856 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-631-3351). Open since 2004, Three Counties is a local favorite pub offering great drink specials and live music. Open Sun through Fri from 11 am – 2 am and Sat from 11 am – 3 am. Check out their Facebook page for photos and more information.
Several major entertainment attractions are just minutes away from Norwood Park community. See a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field or drive south on Lake Shore Drive and visit The Field Museum or the Adler Planetarium. For live theater entertainment, visit Chicago’s downtown theater district featuring Billy Elliot The Musical and Shrek the Musical. For a list of other theater productions visit Broadway in Chicago.
Norwood Park’s local entertainment includes:
St. Thecla's The Hair Razor Maze Haunted House (6725 W Devon Ave., 773-792-3077). For the past 20 years, St. Thecla’s parish has held its annual Halloween Hair Razor Haunted House in the basement of their church. The haunted house is open from mid October until Halloween night. It’s a scary good time for the entire family. Check their website for specific dates and times.
Got Spaghetti? (6154 N. Milwaukee, 773-594-7724). Looking for a fun night out with some great Italian food and live music? Then head over to Got Spaghetti on the weekends to hear some of Chicago’s best R&B, Pop, and Jazz artists. Patrons will enjoy their full service bar and great dinning area to enjoy some good Italian cuisine. Got Spaghetti serves not only spaghetti, but authentic Italian entrees like veal vessuvio, veal limon, chicken picatta, chicken marsala, linguini with mussels, linguini with shrimp, and much more. All their entrees come with a Mediterranean salad and parmesan bread. Wednesday special is a spaghetti dinner for only $7.50. Buon appetito! Open Tue – Thu and Sun from 5 pm to 10 pm, Fri and Sat 5 pm to 2 am, kitchen closes at 9 pm.
Superdawg Drive-In (6363 N Milwaukee Ave., 773-763-0660). When it comes to hot dogs Superdawg is the top dog! The family owned and operated hot dog stand has been serving their Superdawg creation since 1948. Superdawg is a 100% pure beef hot dog (no filler, no pork, or other stuff!) served on a poppy seed bun with mustard, tangy piccalilli, kosher dill pickle, chopped Spanish onions, and a hot pepper! They also serve delicious Superburgers, chicken sandwiches, malts, shakes, and sundaes. Enjoy your eats inside their diner or order drive-in service. Open 7 days a week, 11 am to 1 am Sun – Thu, and 11 am – 2 am Fri & Sat.
Czerwone Jabluszko - Red Apple Restaurant Witamy! That’s welcome in Polish! And that’s exactly how you’ll feel at Red Apple Restaurant. The Red Apple is an all-you-can-eat Polish buffet restaurant serving more 50 hot and cold items daily. All their food is home-made fresh and authentic. They serve a variety of pierogi, cheese blintzes, potato pancakes, “mielony” (polish burger), viener schnitzel, stuff cabbage and much more! Red Apple has two locations: 6474 N Milwaukee Ave., 773-763-3407 and 3121 N Milwaukee Ave., 773-588-5781. Open 7 days a week, Sun-Thu 11 am - 9 pm, and Fri and Sat 11 am - 9:30 am.
Norwood Park neighborhood offers a variety of festivals and events such as their annual Memorial Day Parade, Summer Market, and Wine Fest Auction. There’s always something to do in the Norwood community, for more information visit their community events calendar at Norwood Park Community Events.