Named after author Washington Irving, Chicago's Irving Park neighborhood is on the northwest side of the city. The area is known for its beautiful homes and large Serbian community.
Originally known as Irvington, Irving Park was purchased by Charles Race in 1869 with the hopes of setting up farmland. With the onset of the Chicago and North Western Railroad, Race changed plans and created a town instead. With the population growth, Irving Park was known as being a new suburb of Chicago. With upscale homes and tree-lined streets, this neighborhood became a spot for the upper class. In 1889, Irving Park was became part of the city of Chicago.
Irving Park has a complicated border. It approximately stretches from Lawrence to Belmont on the west, Cicero to the Chicago River on the south, Cicero to Kedzie on the north, and the Chicago River on the east.
Things to Do
If you’re looking for a cool place to hang out without getting drinks spilled on you, you’ll enjoy Marie’s Golden Cue (3241 W Montrose Ave, 773-478-2555). With a no-alcohol policy, get your pool sticks ready to play some serious or friendly games of pool with friends and neighbors.
To listen to some awesome tunes, stop in to Fantasy Lounge (4400 N Elston Ave, 773-685-8083). Here you’ll find live music with no cover. Plus, you can play a free game of darts.
Irving Park hosts a summer festival known as Benfest, which is presented by St. Benedict Parish (2215 W Irving Park Rd, 773-588-6484). Usually after the 4th of July, Benfest features food, drinks, music, and other fun activities.
Dining & Nightlife
Every Chicagoan loves their pizza and Irving Park has some hot spots to show for it. One of these delectable pizza joints is Leona’s (3877 N Elston Ave, 73-267-7287). This pizza chain offers a wide variety of traditional and not so common pizza pies.
For Latin American fare, check out C-Manny’s Mexican Restaurant (3641 W Irving Park Rd, 773-583-1590). Serving up some of the best tacos around town, C-Manny’s also offers fantastic seafood dishes.
For a night out with drinks and entertainment, stop in to The Abbey (3420 W Grace St, 773-478-4408). It’s two different experiences in one place – you’ll find a bar on one side and a 550-seat music venue on the other.
Irving Park isn’t really known for its shopping, but it does offer residents a good variety of fun shops to choose from. For your inner cyclist, check out Get a Grip Cycles (359 W Irving Park Rd, 773-427-4747). And, if you need to get some supplies for your next golf outing, Ace Golf Pro Shop (3359 W Irving Park Rd, 773-463-8333) is the place to be.
Our pets need to be taken care of too, so Irving Park has the Dog House of Beauty (3806 W Irving Park Rd, 773-588-8586). This place is great for grooming and pampering your pooches in style.
For landscaping needs, make sure to check out Farmer’s Market Garden Center (4110 N Elston Ave, 773-539-1200). Here you can find anything from seeds to landscaping equipment to make your yard (or urban garden) beautiful.
Places to Stay
With not a lot of places to stay within the neighborhood, visitors can always reach out to the surrounding areas. Just a little outside of Irving Park is the Milshire Hotel (2525 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-384-7611), located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. There you’ll also find Fullerton Hotel (3919 W Fullerton Ave #1, 773-227-2100).