Edison Park

Edison Park, named for Thomas Alva Edison, is the most northwestern of all of Chicago's 77 neighborhoods.   

City workers and professionals comprise the bulk of the population. Edison Park has a lot of first-, second- and third-generation ethnic groups -- Polish, Irish, Italian, Greek and Germans, and it may have the largest population of Irish residents in the city.  There's nothing pretentious or stuffy about Edison Park.  Residents are hard-working, family-oriented and community-minded.  People move to Edison Park and stay for generations.  Many who move away return to raise their families because of the neighborhood's stable and safe reputation.

Dining out in Edison Park has been legendary for years.  There are 12 restaurants along "restaurant row", the two-block strip between Olympia and Oshkosh Avenues on Northwest Highway.  People from all over the city and suburbs make their way to Edison Park's "restaurant row" for a night out, or converge in August at the annual Edison Park Festival.  

The housing in Edison Park is very similar to Park Ridge, an adjacent suburb, but Edison Park has the benefits of living in Chicago, including lower taxes.  There are areas of raised ranches, bungalows, Dutch Colonials and historic Foursquare homes. Property lots are generous; 30 feet wide by 125 feet deep is normal and, in some pockets stretch to 50 feet wide by 150 feet deep. People do not feel on top of one another in Edison Park.

Edison Park is a neighborhood you can live in without a car, a feature that lures transplants from other parts of the city.  Residents enjoy the access its location provides to the rest of the city and the suburbs.  There's a Blue Line station at Harlem Avenue. It's a 10-minute drive to O'Hare International Airport, and Interstate Highways 294, 90/94 are closer still.

Edison Park includes access to four Chicago Park District parks, and the parochial and two public elementary schools. Coupled with more and more shopping and community-wide events, there are less and less reasons to leave the neighborhood.

Edison Park, IL
United States
42° 0' 19.638" N, 87° 48' 47.5704" W
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