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Albany Park & Irving Park

As one of Chicago’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods, Albany Park is home to a mosaic of residents hailing from global destinations like Mexico, Guatemala, India, Philippines, Ecuador and Bosnia, just to list a few. In fact, Albany Park has one of the highest foreign-born populations in the city and it is the third most diverse zip code in the entire United States with more than 40 languages spoken in the area’s public schools! The community is situated about eight miles northwest of the Loop, just west of the North Shore Channel waterway. It is surrounded on all sides by parkland and there are several pockets of green space tucked within the residential streets.

Albany Park & Irving Park Neighborhood

With so many cultures represented, Albany Park has a delicious mixture of cuisines that range from traditional American coffee shops like Starbucks to Middle Eastern fare from Noon-O-Kabab. Most restaurants and commercial retail in Albany Park are located on or near Lawrence Avenue, which bisects the neighborhood. One section of the main drag is referred to by Chicagoans as “Seoul Drive” because of the large number of Korean restaurants. Along this stretch of Lawrence Avenue is an assembly of Korean-owned shops and businesses. But the neighborhood’s diversity shines through even here, as the avenue is spotted with a variety of Mexican bakeries, Vietnamese restaurants and Middle Eastern grocery stores. 

Although Lawrence Avenue is packed with unique independent storefronts and family-owned boutiqes, Albany Park’s shopping and eating options aren’t limited to its major east/west thoroughfare. Kedzie Avenue (which runs north/south) is also lined with a tantalizing assortment of eateries and merchants. Local ethnic food markets like Andy’s Fruit Ranch mingle with mainstream hotspots like Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway. Kedzie is also the place to find an excellent plate of pad thai or spicy order of curry, as it also hosts several authentic Thai restaurants.

Albany Park’s wide scope of backgrounds is just one of its many selling points. Access to expansive outdoor public recreation grounds is another neighborhood attraction that families are drawn to. In the northwest side of the community, the 12-acre Eugene Field Park offers amenities such as cultural arts, baseball/soccer/football fields, tennis courts, a playground, and a spray pool. Centrally located Jensen Park, Buckeye Park and Kiwanis Park are mini green refuges in the midst of built-up residential blocks.

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Dining In Albany Park

Ferndell and Marias Restaurant
3956 W North Ave
Chicago , IL 60647
Phone: (773) 252-0840
Cuisine: American
Chicago Kalbi Korean Restaurant
3752 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago , IL 60625
Phone: (773) 604-8183
Cuisine: Asian
Cafe Lutz
2458 W Montrose Ave
Chicago , IL 60618
Phone: (773) 478-7785
Cuisine: European
Mirabell Restaurant & Lounge
3454 W Addison St
Chicago , IL 60618
Phone: (773) 463-1962
Cuisine: German
Nancy's Original Stuffed Pizza
3970 N Elston Ave
Chicago , IL 60618
Phone: (773) 267-8182
Cuisine: Pizza/Italian
Sabatino's Restaurant & Lounge
4441 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago , IL 60641
Phone: (773) 283-8331
Cuisine: Italian
Arun's Thai Restaurant
4156 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago , IL 60618
Phone: (773) 539-1909
Cuisine: Thai
Thai Little Home Cafe
4747 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago , IL 60625
Phone: (773) 478-3944
Cuisine: Thai
Hot Shots Bar
5151 N. Lincoln
Montrose Saloon
2933 W. Montrose

Resources in Albany Park

Kindred Hospital
2544 W. Montrose
Swedish Covenant Hospital
5145 N. California
Post Office
2522 W. Lawrence

Entertainment in Albany Park

Lincoln Square Lanes
484 N. Lincoln
Peek Inn
2933 W. Irving Park

Shopping in Albany Park

Aldi Foods
2431 W Montrose
Harvestime Foods
2532 Lawrence
John's Food Mart
4947 N. Kedzie
Clark Market
4853 N. Kedzie
Thrift Stores  
Good Byes
3505 W. Lawrence
Thrift & Resale
3240 W. Lawrence

Schools in Albany Park

Early Learning Center
3021 W. Montrose
Gospel Outreach Christian School
2800 W. Cullom
Le Ballet Petit School
4630 N. Francisco
Newton Bateman School
4220 N. Richmond
Our Lady of Mercy
4416 N. Troy
Transfiguration School
5044 N. Rockwell
Waters Elementary
4540 N. Cambell