Albany Park

Albany Park

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

About Albany Park

Chicago's Albany Park, a buzzing neighborhood on the north side, welcomes newcomers from all over. Known as a gateway to the Windy City for some, many decide to stay in Albany Park for good, and for good reason: the neighborhood has a unique and vibrant local culture that's entirely its own.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $109,900 to $1,648,000

Closed Prices: $75,000 to $1,845,000

Median Sale Price: $291,500

Average $ per sq ft: $207

Association Fee Ranges: $0, $0 to $1387/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1900 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 600 to 5500 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 7 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 5 Bathrooms

Around Albany Park

Under the umbrella of Albany Park stand three smaller sub-neighborhoods: Albany Park, Mayfair, and North Mayfair. The latter neighborhood is listed in the National Register of Historic Places because it contains some of the country's best examples of "Old House"-style architecture. And, while many inhabit North Mayfair's famous bungalows, you can also find well-priced apartments and duplexes within Albany Park's confines.

Albany Park welcomes residents from all over. This lends itself to one of the city's most colorful culinary scenes full of authentic ethnic eats. You'll find them everywhere, although many restaurants tend to center around main drags like Lawrence, Montrose, and Kedzie Avenues.

There's no run-of-the-mill day in Albany Park -- its eclectic residents make sure the neighborhood is ever-changing. For that reason, the only thing you should expect to see in this neighborhood is variety unlike anywhere else in the city. You might run into a restaurant serving a dish you've never tried, or you may pass a community center hosting an event you've never seen, all making for an original experience every day.

Its far-north location means that Albany Park doesn't have as much of a nightlife scene as the downtown area does. That doesn't mean that it's completely quiet on a Friday night, though. Gamblers, for example, is a neighborhood institution where locals flock to sip cold beers and throw darts -- they even have a darts team and league if that's your forte. Otherwise, head to the main thoroughfares like Pulaski Road and Lawrence Avenue to find more nightlife variety.

Locals will tell you that one of the gems within the confines of Albany Park is Gompers Park, the ideal place to spend a leisurely weekend afternoon. The peaceful oasis has its fair share of water features, including a well-manicured lagoon where herons are known to land for a wade. You might also want to take an architectural walking tour of North Mayfair, where those historic houses still stand.

Locals Love

  • Variety of Restaurants & Markets
  • Budget-Friendly Living
  • Easy Access to Public Transportation
  • Historic Architecture

Locals Don't Love

  • Distance from Downtown
  • Few Public Schools
  • Little Nightlife
  • Noise and Traffic

Neighborhood Reviews

1 Review

A beautiful, diverse neighborhood on the northwest side

Karl G
I've lived here for 4 years now and have loved it since the day I moved in. The neighborhood is wonderfully walkable with unique grocery stores, the CTA brown line and numerous excellent restaurant all tightly packed into this neighborhood. Two different Metra lines are within 10 minutes of me and, as someone who likes to travel, I appreciate the easy access to O'Hare. Beyond urban amenities Albany Park has LaBagh woods to the west and Ronan Park and the North Branch Trail on the eastern border. When the city noise and concrete gets to be a bit much it is wonderful to have these peaceful and expansive green areas so close by. Arguably the best part of living in this neighborhood is that I know my neighbors, something I have not often experienced living in Chicago. I've found people to be friendly and caring even if there's occasionally a language barrier. There are a number of community organizations in the neighborhood dedicated to making an Albany Park a better place to live and their efforts show! In short, I can't think of a bad thing to say about this neighborhood.
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