Avondale

Avondale

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

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About Avondale

Often seen as a smaller, more residential Logan Square, Avondale provides a community-oriented experience without sacrificing convenience or dynamic nightlife. Avondale has large retailers and small businesses along its main roads but is surrounded by sprawling residential areas and some of the most well-known restaurants and bars on the Northwest Side.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $139,750 to $1,295,000

Closed Prices: $125,000 to $2,077,000

Median Sale Price: $427,000

Average $ per sq ft: $305

Association Fee Ranges: $444/quarter, $0, $42 to $561/mo

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

Age: 1884 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 600 to 4770 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 7 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 5 Bathrooms

Getting Around Avondale

Around Avondale

Belmont and Addison Avenues, the main east-west streets that cut through the neighborhood, are predominantly condominium and townhome developments that hug the busier stretches of Avondale, giving residents a more affordable albeit more congested experience. Between these two main avenues are the myriad of side streets that host single-family homes, making Avondale an integral part of Chicago's famed "Bungalow Belt." Although living along the side streets is not as convenient for shopping or parking, those streets provide the neighborly experience that many homeowners seek in this area.

Despite its recent surge in popularity, Avondale's reputation for being an affordable neighborhood is still largely intact, although it seems to be heading more in the direction of Logan Square every day. Those looking for an even better bargain (and who don't mind a longer commute) would be better off in neighboring Hermosa, but even so, Avondale's unusually spacious homes are a rarity on the Northwest Side.

Avondale tends towards diners and low-key eateries rather than Michelin-star aspirations. Avondale is a combination of well-known national brands and locally famous institutions. Kedzie and Kimball Avenues have the more recognizable fast food chains to go along with the large retailers, but Elston and Belmont Avenues have the local flair that gives this area a dynamic food scene. Unassuming storefronts can have lines out the door for their reimagined American fare and small carryout restaurants offer rich and decadent meals at nearly all hours. There are a few restaurants that offer more formal, white tablecloth experiences, but these are the exception.

Avondale is a mix of newcomers looking to buy their first home and more established Chicagoans who have been in the neighborhood long term. Affordability and access to public transportation have made Avondale friendly to commuters, but the neighborhood's visual staples are the colorful murals that adorn the sides of its mid-rise buildings, locals lugging shopping bags from the neighborhood's several large retail stores, and the repurposed industrial spaces that now house some of Chicago's most recognizable local businesses. Even with the acres dedicated to established brands, Avondale's locally owned businesses attract trendier crowds in the evenings and weekends, especially along Belmont and Kedzie Avenue.

Head to your corner bar to get the night started where you're sure to spot some neighbors. There are a couple of theaters along Elston and Belmont Avenues where you can catch a performance before continuing your night. Elston Avenue has a mix of Irish pubs and dive bars, while the eastern end of Belmont has craft beer bars that attract residents from the surrounding neighborhoods. For capping off the night, the west side of Belmont has late-night bars that range from dives to dance clubs.

A walk along Elston or Milwaukee Avenues will provide several options for a quick brunch. Brands Park, Avondale Neighborhood Park, and the Chicago River provide green spaces for relaxing with a book on a beautiful day or catching an informal game at the baseball diamonds or tennis courts. Check out the new exhibition in the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance or go shopping at one of the several European-inspired specialty stores.

The Belmont Blue Line stop is the most reliable and highly trafficked public transportation option in Avondale, which takes you directly to the Loop or to O'Hare Airport, making this neighborhood a convenient place to call home for Downtown workers. Milwaukee Avenue, which serves as one of the main thoroughfares on the Northwest Side, cuts right through Avondale, making it easy to get to the Loop or to the far Northwest Side via bus or car (if you can tolerate a little traffic, that is). Despite its distance from the city center, Avondale is actually a surprisingly convenient neighborhood to live in, as Interstate 90/94 also has a highly trafficked on-ramp in the neighborhood, so you can get virtually anywhere in Chicago in just a few minutes.

Locals Love

  • Tree-lined streets
  • Strong sense of community
  • Many retail options
  • Easy access to expressway

Locals Don't Love

  • Traffic on weekends and during rush hour
  • Scarce parks
  • Difficult parking

Neighborhood Reviews

5 Reviews
4.5

Great Neighborhood

Antonio Rafael C
One of the best and most underrated neighborhoods in Chicago. Close to Logan Square, access to two blue line stops, near lots of bars and restaurants, and possessing of Koz park and St. Hyacinth Basilica. So much here for everyone, and still somewhat affordable.

Great NW side neighborhood

Brad M
Avondale is a great alternative to the busier more pricey neighborhoods nearby. It's full of leafy residential streets that are perfect for a quiet weekend while also being minutes away to some of the city's best restaurants and bars. Avondale itself is seeing a lot of great places pop up too, it should only get better.

Residential and Conveniently Located

Britney G
Avondale is residential and very walkable to all that Logan Square has to offer. The Blue Line at Belmont is probably one of the last stops when heading south where you can get on the train first try. Sometimes you can even get a seat. The Milwaukee bus is also a great option. There is authentic Polish and Mexican food everywhere, with little hip joints sprinkled throughout.

Avondale is awesome!

Danny G
Avondale is affordable, conveniently located, and a great place for families of all types and sizes. Great Chicago neighborhood!
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