West Ridge

West Ridge

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

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About West Ridge

West Ridge is a large neighborhood west of Rogers Park extending from Foster Avenue to the city’s northern border. Within its boundaries, West Ridge offers a dynamic environment for all kinds of Chicagoans, catering to the robust and diverse needs of its residents. Visitors from all over the city flock to the vibrant Desi Corridor for its colorful shops and eclectic dining options. Elsewhere, West Ridge’s expansive residential areas provide a tranquil way of life and plenty of parks.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $76,000 to $1,200,000

Closed Prices: $60,000 to $1,274,770

Median Sale Price: $199,000

Average $ per sq ft: $168

Association Fee Ranges: $200 to $250, $0 to $150, $0 to $1350/mo

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

Age: 1899 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 1899 to 2021 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 9 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 7 Bathrooms

Getting Around West Ridge

Around West Ridge

West Ridge is the rare Chicago neighborhood that does not have an 'L' stop within its borders (we did say it was virtually a suburb). But bus routes along Devon Avenue and Peterson Avenue will take you directly to the Red Line, which provides direct access to the Loop. If you're venturing out to the (actual) suburbs or need a quicker commute to Downtown, the Rogers Park Metra stop is your new best friend. For venturing north/south, your best bet would be the Western Avenue bus, which can take you through the West Town neighborhood all the way south to Ashburn.

The prices in West Ridge are what one would expect in a neighborhood that essentially functions as an inner suburb. You can get a more affordable single-family home here than in the neighborhoods that lie slightly closer to the city center, with prices comparable to the areas directly bordering West Ridge, like Rogers Park and Edgewater. The neighborhood's real bargains, however, come in the form of condominium units, which offer recently rehabbed options at a price-per-square-foot that other Chicagoans would find literally unbelievable.

On the north end of the neighborhood, single-family homes with spacious lawns are more prevalent as the city gives way to the suburbs. Further south, vintage condominium buildings, three-flats, and bungalows are more common. The Desi Corridor on Devon Avenue spans almost all of West Ridge, with the highest concentration of shops and restaurants found between California and Western Avenue. While West Ridge does not contain any train stops, there are bus routes along the main roads that you can use to get to Metra or CTA stations in Rogers Park or Ravenswood.

Cuisines from all over the world are represented in the dining options throughout West Ridge. Desi Corridor on Devon Avenue is the place to go for Indian and Pakistani food. Fantastic Korean and Pan-Asian restaurants can also be found in the area. With many choices for each style of food, there are plenty of culinary explorers traveling to West Ridge from surrounding Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs.

Colorful buildings, exotic clothing, and flashy jewelry will catch your eye as you take in a bit of South Asian culture with a walk down Devon Avenue. A continual crowd of locals and tourists come to this area for the unique experience, especially in the warmer months. Elsewhere, you’ll find plenty of parks, including the beautiful Indian Boundary Park, and a diverse range of people enjoying them.

Devon Avenue is an exciting destination for nightlife as well with BYOB hookah lounges and traditional dining venues open late. Laid-back bars and dives can also be found along Western and Peterson Avenue, creating numerous options for late-night recreation.

Stop by any of the bakeries on Devon Avenue for something sweet to go with your coffee, then peruse a book store in the Desi Corridor for something to read by the pond at Indian Boundary Park. If you’re feeling a bike ride, head over to the North Shore Channel Trail for an easygoing tour of the green space surrounding the river. When the end of the day is in sight, pick up your groceries for the week and check out the intriguing spices offered at an international grocery store.

Locals Love

  • Beautiful parks
  • Eclectic dining options
  • Multicultural community

Locals Don't Love

  • Distance from downtown
  • Traffic throughout major streets

Neighborhood Reviews

1 Review
4.0

Diverse, affordable and safe

Seth M
We have lived in West Ridge for 12 years and like every Chicago neighborhood, every block is different. We love the diversity on our street and the fact that all of the original houses are still here. Homeowners tend to stay for many years, some of the homeowners on our block have been here for 20+ years. You also won't find many "Chicago style" newer construction. There was a beautiful nature preserve that opened at Peterson and Western, which I haven't seen in many other nighborhoods. Food options tend more towards Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern. I would love for someone to take a chance and open an independent coffee shop. Andersonville and Lincoln Square are not far as well as Edgewater. The local schools are getting better and there are magnet and selective CPS options as well. So many Chicagoans think the city ends at Irving Park, head north a few miles and explore! Note to neighborhoods.com, the content on the West Ridge page shows mostly Rogers Park, you are missing a lot of content from West Ridge!
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