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St. Ben‘s

St. Ben’s is a tiny neighborhood of about eight square blocks, situated within the North Center community, about five miles north of the Loop. It is primarily residential with scattered businesses along the two main roads Western Avenue and Irving Park Road. The neighborhood is named for the church located at its center, St. Benedicts, which is both a parish and a parochial school.

Although the parish was built well over 100 years ago, St. Ben’s remains a prominent institution and the co-ed elementary and high school continues to attract families to the area. Originally, the first German families to move here sent their children to St. Matthias, the closest Catholic school at the time. But when the mile-and-a-half commute got to be too tough, the community established their own school – St. Ben’s.

St. Ben's

The elegant Victorian homes are well maintained in this part of town and there is a good mix of brick two-flats and single-family homes that offer home buyers a range of housing options. New developments and renovations to old residential buildings complement much of the community’s original architecture, and for those who crave natural beauty, this is one Chicago neighborhood with no shortage of greenery. Rows of trees shade the residential blocks where healthy lawns and landscaped yards are tucked in between front curbs and back allies. Most lots even have room for Fido to run around and these outdoor spaces are definitely big enough for the impromptu backyard barbeque.  

Past the front doorstep, St. Ben’s residents find a delightful strip of restaurants, bars and markets on Irving Park Road and Western Avenue. Raise your liters of beer at Laschet’s Inn, a German-inspired ale house, or if you’re hungry for a bite from the other side of the globe, Sticky Rice has some of the best authentic northern Thai cuisine in the Midwest. O’Donovan’s Pub & Restaurant is another local favorite, especially when you and your friends are looking for a great beer garden to hang out in. However, if you prefer a martini to beer, the Blue Stem Martini Lounge, has a divine selection of tasty cocktails.

In Chicago, outdoor street fairs are big. And no matter how small the neighborhood, it’s sure to have its own summertime celebration. In St. Ben’s, the most-anticipated festival is BenFest, a two-day block party that consumes the pocket-size neighborhood every July with live music, family fun, food and beer.

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Dining in St. Bens & North Center

Europian Pastry Shop & Cafe
4701 N Lincoln Ave
Cuisine: European
Chicago Brauhaus
4732 N. Lincoln
Cuisine: European
Daily Bar & Grill
4560 N. Lincoln
Cuisine: American
Grecian Taverna
4761 N. Lincoln
Cuisine: Greek
La Boca della Verita
4618 N. Lincoln
Cuisine: Italian
4160 N. Lincoln
Cuisine: American
G & L Fire Escape
2157 W. Grace
Lincoln Restaurant
4008 N. Lincoln

Resources in St. Bens & North Center

Advocate Ravenswood Medical Center
4550 N. Winchester

Methodist Hospital
5025 N. Paulina

Ravenswood Hospital
4055 N. Western
Post Office
2011 W. Montrose

Entertainment in St. Bens & North Center

Lincoln Square
W. Leland & N. Lincoln
North Center
W. Belle Plaine & N. Damen
3855 N. Lincoln
Lyon's Den
1934 W. Irving Park
Johnny Hardtails
3937 N. Lincoln
American Theater Company
1909 W. Byron

Shopping in St. Bens & North Center

Play it Again Sports
2102 W. Irving Park
1900 W. Lawrence

Schools in St. Bens & North Center

Amundsen High
5110 N. Damen
Coonley Elementary
4046 N. Leavitt
McPherson Elementary
4728 N. Wolcott
North Park Elementary
2017 W. Montrose
Queen of Angels School
4412 N. Western
Ravenswood School
4332 N. Paulina