Portage Park

Chicago, Illinois


Portage Park had a fairly small population until the early 20th century, when the city's streetcar system was extended outward from the Downtown area. To the residents of Chicago's crowded tenements, Portage Park seemed like the perfect place to escape and take a breath of fresh air. Today, many Chicagoans still see this Northwest neighborhood as a quiet refuge from the bustle of the city center.

Homes in Portage Park

Where To Live

Most of Portage Park's four square miles is residential, giving prospective homebuyers plenty of choices. Bungalows and single-family homes make up a great majority of these residences, though you can find condominium buildings. Residents in the northeast corner of the neighborhood will be closer to public transit and the Kennedy Expressway, making for an easier commute to the Loop. Portage Park’s namesake park, which offers a variety of recreational amenities, can be found in the center of the neighborhood.

Around Portage Park

Where To Eat

Portage Park's rich history inspires the eclectic culinary scene that this neighborhood boasts today. Along Irving Park Road alone, you'll find modern American restaurants, casual coffee shops, and traditional steakhouses. The popular BRGRBELLY got its start in Portage Park, and the original location is still serving up tasty burgers and beer. When you’re in the mood for tacos, several Mexican restaurants can be found in the neighborhood with traditional staples. Polish cuisine is also popular in the area, and Jolly Inn Restaurant’s buffet is certainly a highlight for those with a big appetite.

Friday Night Fun

Step back in time at The Portage Theater, where locals grab seats to watch international, indie, and classic films. The theater also hosts live music regularly, so keep an eye on their calendar. If you’re simply looking for a bar, Irving Park Road is lined with with all kinds of them. Slip into a small dive or grab the mic and get to belting out your favorite karaoke tune — you'll find it all along this strip.

The Perfect Sunday

The largest park on the city's Northwest Side sprawls within the limits of Portage Park — it also shares the neighborhood's name. It's been a Sunday destination for residents since its inception in 1913, acting as a center for the entire community to unwind and socialize. Amongst the foliage and walking trails, you'll also find a lap pool built in the 1970s that hosted the U.S. Olympic Team time trials. No need to race through it now, though, especially on a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

Living Here

Locals Love

Single-Family Homes • Largest Park on the Northwest Side • Easy Access to Buses and Kennedy Expressway

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