The majority of this Chicago neighborhood is made up of residential and recreational spots. The area’s signature outdoor retreat, Margate Park, combines activities for the whole family with its playground, dog park and fieldhouse. Constructed in 1947, the Margate Fieldhouse caters to the active Chicagoan with fitness activities that can be enjoyed year round. Puptown is another open green commons where you and your furry friend can mingle with fellow dog lovers in the area. The 16,230-square-foot space is completely closed-off so you can take a load off while Fido roams free.
Don’t have a dog to walk? Take a quiet stroll along the lake or head over to the Foster Avenue Beach during the summer months. Because of its far north location, this relaxing lakefront spot doesn’t get as crowded as the beaches in some of Chicago’s more populated neighborhoods. There’s even something for the little ones at Margate Playground. The green space is made up of a 1,400-square-foot interactive playlot for the tikes to romp around.
After working up an appetite from all the fun outside activities, locals head to Sheridan Road, Margate Park’s main drag. Packed with plenty of good (and cheap) eats, most of the restaurants here are casual Vietnamese-fueled cafés that offer full menus of regional dishes. La Banh Mi Hung Phat, for one, specializes in some of the best Vietnamese sandwiches and packaged ethnic goodies, like spicy taro candy and canned rice milk. You can also get your Chinese cuisine fix at China Cafe, a simple storefront spot that cooks up all your favorites including sweet and sour chicken and egg drop soup.
The architecture in Margate Park’s waterfront community blends vintage condos built in the early 1900s and retro high-rises constructed in the 1960s. You’ll find plenty of these high-rises planted along Marine Drive and stately manors parked in larger lots. It’s the latter that comes with Margate Park’s most eye-popping price tag; these upscale homes sell for around $1.5 million. The coveted mansions rarely hit the market, and when they do, you can bet it doesn’t take long for buyers to snatch them up. One-bedroom condos and flats are a more affordable option with a whole slew of housing choices around $170,000; two bedrooms sell for about $270,000.