Welcome to North Center
Tucked outside Chicago amongst idyllic green lawns and full of charismatic residential areas, the community of North Center is the place to go for an eclectic mix of personalities. Settled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, North Center is a blend of diverse nationalities and cultural influences that range from German settlers who worked largely in the industrial corridor to residents from places such as Poland, Romania, Serbia, Greece, and France.
This blend of cultures contributed to North Center’s historic architecture. Residential areas have their own sense of character and come loaded with traits that reflect the history of their settlement. Here, you’ll find luxury duplexes, upscale apartments in the heart of Downtown North Center next to shopping and dining venues, and renovated, historic single-family homes. With varied housing options, anyone can find their perfect niche.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
North Center is a place where family is a priority and residents are genuine. Farmers’ markets, city parks, a town square shopping area, and tons of free neighborhood events—the area is brimming with a unique vitality that fosters a sense of togetherness. Ideal for families or young professionals looking for a charming community near Chicago’s bustling opportunities, North Center is a great place to call home.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
North Center is more than just a family-friendly community in Chicago. This scenic area provides walkable access to charming boutiques with products you won’t easily find elsewhere and eateries with a wide range of options.
Shop small at Hāzel
and treat yourself to their luxurious bath and body items, fashion-forward clothing, or décor. Looking for the perfect gift for a friend—or yourself? Visit Embellish Boutique Inc
, where you can peruse quality wares such as candles, jewelry, and stylish accessories. Less than 20 minutes away is Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
, an absolute mecca for high-end brands, luxury hotel stays, and gourmet dining.
The food in North Center is impressive in its own right, so you’ll want to be sure to sample everything you can. At Lizzy J Cafe
, take part in a brunch experience like no other. Their menu is awash with fresh twists on breakfast, like “Freddy’s Favorite,” which features sweet potato waffles and wings. Try the many options at The Warbler
, ranging from elevated comfort foods like their loaded grilled cheese to signature cocktails.
Things to Do
One of the biggest attractions of North Center is its purveying sense of authenticity. This community provides accessible fun that will make you feel like a true Chicagoan. Here, you can find intimate, old-school bowling alleys like Timber Lanes
or engaging comedy improv at the Laugh Out Loud Theater
The festivals here always impress. Voted the best food fest in Chicago, you won’t want to miss out on the live, eclectic music and grub at Ribfest
, one of the summer’s biggest events. As well, families can head to St. Benedict Parish’s BenFest
for activities well-suited for the kids and entertainment for all ages.
The neighborhood also offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Take a stroll on the beautiful northern portions of the Chicago riverwalk, or head to Revere Park
for sports and athletic leagues for everyone. At Clark Park
, there’s the WMS Boathouse
, a premier rowing center that provides training facilities throughout the year.
North Center is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Alexander Graham Bell School, PK-8, well-rated public school
- John C Coonley Elementary School, K-8, highly rated public elementary school
- Lane Tech College Prep High School, 7-12, highly rated public school