About Portage Park
Current Prices: $114,900 to $635,000
Closed Prices: $65,000 to $765,000
Median Sale Price: $375,000
Average $ per sq ft: $243
Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $394/mo, $0
Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home
Age: 1896 to 2022
Sq. Ft.: 415 to 4231 Sq. Ft.
Bedrooms: 0 to 7 Bedrooms
Bathrooms: 1 to 5 Bathrooms
Lot Size: 0 - 5+ acres
Getting Around Portage Park
Around Portage Park
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.
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.
Portage Park’s history of Polish immigrants is still a big part of the area’s culture. The Polish American Association is based here, as are Polish businesses, the Polish Army Veterans Association, and a park named after the country's famed composer, Frederic Chopin. You'll probably notice pretty quickly that this Northwest Side neighborhood draws in homeowners looking for a relatively quiet lifestyle without losing access to the Loop.
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 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.
- Single-Family Homes
- Largest Park on the Northwest Side
- Easy Access to Buses and Kennedy Expressway
Locals Don't Love
- Poor Access to Trains
- Lack of Nightlife
- Lack of Housing Variety
Neighborhood Reviews2 Reviews
Underrated, But Probably Not For Long
An Up-and-Coming Hidden Gem
buyers and sellers in this neighborhood.