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About Ashburn

In the late 1800s, Ashburn was part of the small suburban town of Lake. After being incorporated into the City of Chicago, the neighborhood's residential areas began to grow. While the neighborhood is only about five square miles, the community is rich with greenery. Ashburn, albeit a small neighborhood, is known for its spacious real estate, free parking, and suburb-worthy front and backyards.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $75,000 to $420,000

Closed Prices: $85,000 to $370,000

Median Sale Price: $251,500

Average $ per sq ft: $169

Association Fee Ranges: $168 to $215/mo, $0 to $6

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

Age: 1938 to 1997

Sq. Ft.: 1938 to 1997 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 4 Bathrooms

Getting Around Ashburn

Around Ashburn

West 79th Street and West Columbus Avenue are two of the main streets in the neighborhood. Ashburn borders the suburb of Evergreen Park, as well as the smaller neighborhoods of Maycrest, Parkview, Wrightwood, and Scottsdale. The neighborhood features classic two-story bungalows, split-levels, and raised ranch homes, with a growing number of contemporary condominiums. Many people who live in the neighborhood have cars, but you can take the bus to the nearby Red Line. Monday through Friday, you can also take the Metra downtown.

There are plenty of affordable living options all throughout Ashburn, but affordability doesn't mean you have to sacrifice square footage. You won't find many condominiums or apartments, as the neighborhood primarily consists of two- or three-bedroom single-family homes. Housing prices accurately reflect the fact that the neighborhood is a far stretch from Downtown Chicago and are similar to those found in West Lawn.

The neighborhood is so small that it is almost completely residential, so there isn't much in terms of restaurants or retailers. The few restaurants in the neighborhood are coffee shops or super casual fast/fried food joints. This includes one of Chicago's favorites, Harold's Chicken Shack. When you factor in the selection of restaurants between Ashburn and the walkable neighborhoods of Maycrest, Parkview, Wrightwood, and Scottsdale, there is a nice mix of casual and quality restaurants and bars from which to choose.

People flock to Ashburn for the residential environment and to escape from the city. Overall, this is a quiet community that is neighborly and far removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown. In fact, if you didn't know you were in the city, you would probably think you were in the suburbs. The majority of the south section of the neighborhood is taken up by the Evergreen Cemetery.

While this isn't a neighborhood known for a lot of nightlife, there are a handful of bars and restaurants in the neighboring communities. Within Ashburn itself, there are a couple of sports bars on South Pulaski Road and South Kedzie Avenue. Fridays are typically spent enjoying quality time at home with family and friends. Meanwhile, Wrightwood-Ashburn Library offers many after-school events for kids and is open until 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Ford City Mall, Scottsdale Shopping Center, and Westport Commons Shopping Center are nearby, making Sundays a good day to run errands, head to the movies, or get out and about with friends. Head over to Hayes Park to enjoy its outdoor space, which features six baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, volleyball courts, walking trails, and jogging paths. For days when you prefer to stay inside, take a dip in the indoor pool or break a sweat at the fitness center.

Although Ashburn is not the closest to Downtown Chicago, there are many transportation options available. The CTA Midway Orange Line stop is only a short 15-minute drive away. However, if driving is not an option, hop on the bus for a 20-minute ride to the CTA Pulaski Orange Line stop. From either of those Orange Line stops, the possibilities are endless. You can take the Orange Line directly to the Loop or transfer to other CTA trains and explore the rest of the city. If you are staying in the immediate area, bus routes will carry you east to South Chicago or west to the suburbs along 79th Street and 87th Street. If you are looking to travel north towards Gage Park and beyond, or south past the city limits, bus lines run along Western Avenue, Kedzie Avenue, Pulaski Road, and Cicero Avenue. The Dan Ryan Woods Trails run through the woods and connect to Major Taylor Trail, which covers over seven-and-a-half miles.

Locals Love

  • Spacious homes and front and back yards
  • Garages and free parking
  • An often overlooked neighborhood that is quiet and cozy

Locals Don't Love

  • Not much night life or activities for singles
  • Few dining and entertainment options
  • A car is the most convenient way to get around

Neighborhood Reviews

1 Review

Chicago's Hidden Gem

Omar O
I lived in Ashburn and a block away from Durkin Park Elementary for over 10 years. My parents decided to move here when my siblings and I were still young so that we could grow up in a safe neighborhood. The neighborhood is filled with a diverse population. There are numerous things to do. There are multiple shopping centers, theaters, restaurants, schools, and grocery stores nearby. I met some of my best friends in this neighborhood and I keep in contact with them to this day. This neighborhood is truly a hidden gem in Chicago.
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