Only seven miles northwest of the Loop, Irving Park is an expansive neighborhood that reaches from the Chicago River on the east all the way to the Milwaukee railroad tracks on the west, with Addison Street bordering the south and Montrose Avenue on the north. It consists of eight different sub-neighborhoods, the most notable being Old Irving Park, which is renowned for its quiet streets and beautiful old mansions--often referred to as a "suburb within a city." Irving Park is home to some of Chicago's most historic houses including several that predate the Chicago Fire of 1871, some of which were safe houses in the Underground Railroad. While "Old Irving" consists of historically preserved homes, you can also find new construction in the townhomes that are still being built along Milwaukee Avenue, making it a great mix of families and newcomers.
The neighborhood has some of Chicago's best restaurants with food ranging from Thai and Mexican to authentic Italian. It is pretty residential but with easy access to nightlife along Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square and Wicker Park. While the nightlife might look different than what you find in other parts of the city, many artisan shops, restaurants, and cafes can be found on every block. Irving Park is also home to two breweries and a cider house, attracting Chicagoans who are looking for a low-key night out.