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About Belmont-Cragin

Also called “The Bungalow Belt,” Belmont Cragin is nestled on Chicago's northwest side, offering a quiet getaway for those seeking escape from city noise without fleeing to the suburbs. Lined with rows of quaint homes, local shops, and surrounded by expansive parks, Belmont Cragin is a charming neighborhood suited for Chicagoans looking to put down roots.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $69,000 to $699,900

Closed Prices: $80,000 to $542,450

Median Sale Price: $320,000

Average $ per sq ft: $215

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $314/mo, $0

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

Age: 1888 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 1888 to 2021 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 10 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 5 Bathrooms

Getting Around Belmont-Cragin

Around Belmont-Cragin

Much of the neighborhood is residential with small homes and bungalows. The multi-bedroom houses are a popular choice for folks settling on their first property. The neighborhood is next door to Belmont Central, a popular and historic shopping district, and residents can readily access parks and bus stops.

The restaurants here fit well with the residential scene: more relaxed compared to the rest of the city and giving the food a special neighborhood touch. Options are diverse, ranging from Mexican to pizza and Chinese to traditional American fare. The spots in Belmont Cragin are generally best suited for dine-in customers, and the owners are happy to accommodate a crowd on the weekends.

A relaxed, settled-down pace of life distinguishes this neighborhood from the hustle and bustle of the city. You’ll see plenty of green space, European architecture and restaurants, and charming bungalows in Belmont Cragin. Given the warm vibe of the area, the community is also quick to welcome to newcomers.

Belmont Cragin tends to be quieter than the rest of the city, but it still has its local watering holes. Stop by one of the nearby pubs for an imported pint or a sports bar to watch the game with friends. Late night adventurers may also check out the clubs and lounges along the northern border of the neighborhood for music and dancing.

The neighborhood's many parks offer the perfect place for Sunday activities. Riis Park in the southwest and Hanson Park in the southeast both offer expansive fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, and walking trails, providing ample a space for leisure and recreation for active residents. For those needing to run a weekend errand or two, stop by Brickyard Mall for its convenient cluster of shops.

Locals Love

  • Proximity to two parks.
  • A laid-back neighborhood atmosphere.
  • Utilizing the bus system over the 'L'

Locals Don't Love

  • Rowdier crowds.
  • Distance to Lake Michigan.
  • Cut-through traffic to and from the western suburbs.

Neighborhood Reviews

1 Review

Quiet and Family-Oriented

George M
Belmont-Cragin is definitely for people who want to live in the city and raise a family. It's very clean and quiet compared to other nearby neighborhoods. There seems to be a public or private school every 1/2 mile or so. Driving to an expressway is a major chore, so is using the bus to get to the El, so I can't say it's a convenient location. Home prices are very reasonable.
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