Albany Park is one of 77 well-defined Chicago, Illinois, community areas on the Northwest Side of the City of Chicago. It includes the Albany Park neighborhood, one of the most ethnically diverse in the United States. It has one of highest percentages of foreign-born residents of neighborhoods in Chicago.
Although the majority of those foreign-born residents are from Latin America, the majority from Mexico (especially from the state of Michoacán), Guatemala, and Ecuador, substantial numbers are from the Philippines, India, Korea, Cambodia, Somalia, the Former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia), Romania, Pakistan and the Middle East (especially Iraq, Iran, and Lebanon). Over 40 different languages are spoken in its public schools.
Due to the diverse population and immigrant population attraction, the population of the neighborhood increased by 16.5% during the 1990s. It is part of the 60625 ZIP code, which is known as one of the most diverse areas in the entire country.
The area was settled in 1893 when several investors purchased land in the area. DeLancy Louderback from Albany, New York was one of the investors and chose the name.
The developers added electric streetcars in 1896, and the Northwestern Elevated Railroad extended the Ravenswood branch to the Kimball terminal on December 14, 1907. This led to a building boom in the area.
- Police Department
- 4650 N. Pulaski Road - 17th District
- Fire Department
- 2322 West Foster Avenue
- 4426 North Kedzie Avenue
- 4017 North Tripp
- Marine Corps
- U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 2nd Battalion 24th Marines
-3034-60 W. Foster Avenue
Rebuilt Kedzie Station House
The Chicago Transit Authority's Brown Line terminates at Lawrence and Kimball Avenues. Albany Park is accessible through the Kimball, Kedzie and Francisco stations of the Brown Line, the Montrose CTA Blue Line Station, as well as by the Edens expressway (Interstate 94). The name "Albany Park" refers both to one of Chicago's 77 official community areas and the traditional name of a neighborhood within that community.
The official community is bounded very approximately by Foster Avenue and the North Branch of the Chicago River on the north, Montrose Avenue on the south, Elston Avenue on the southwest, and the North Branch of the Chicago River on the east. It is in Jefferson Township, which was annexed into Chicago in 1889.
CTA bus routes in Albany Park include: #53 Pulaski, #78 Montrose, #80 Irving Park, #81 Lawrence, #82 Kimball/Homan and #92 Foster.
Albany Park is divided between 3 wards; the 33rd, the 35th and the 39th. The wards are represented by Deborah Mell, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and Margaret Laurino respectively.
It is similarly divided in the state legislature. In the Illinois Senate it is represented by John Cullerton, Iris Y. Martinez, Ira Silverstein and Heather Steans. In the Illinois House of Representatives it is represented by Jaime Andrade Jr., Ann Williams, John C. D'Amico and Greg Harris. On the Cook County Board of Commissioners, it is represented by Luis Arroyo, Jr..
In 2016, Albany Park cast 10,590 votes for Hillary Clinton and 1,558 votes for Donald Trump. Four years earlier, Albany Park cast 9,304 votes for Barack Obama and 1,950 votes for Mitt Romney.
North Mayfair Historic District
The traditional neighborhoods within the official community are (including rough boundaries):
- Albany Park: North: North Branch of the Chicago River (about 5100 N); South: Montrose (4400 N): East: North Branch of the River (about 3000 W); West: Pulaski (4000 W).
- Mayfair: Lawrence (4800 N), Montrose (4400 N), Pulaski (4000 W), and Cicero (4800 W).
- North Mayfair: Bryn Mawr (5600 N), Lawrence (4800 N), Pulaski (4000 W), and Cicero (4800 W).
Immediately to the north, in North Park, lie Northeastern Illinois University, North Park University, and the Bohemian National Cemetery.
Korean commercial district
The neighborhood has been the "Koreatown" of Chicago since the 1980s. The majority of Korean shops in Albany Park can be found on Lawrence Avenue (4800 North) between Kedzie (3200 West) and Pulaski (4000 West). This particular section of Lawrence Avenue has been officially nicknamed by the city of Chicago as "Seoul Drive" because of the multitude of Korean-owned enterprises on the street. Although many of the Korean Americans in the neighborhood have been moving to the north suburbs in recent years, it still retains its Korean flavor. Every year there is a Korean festival, and the neighborhood is home to a Korean radio station (1330 AM) as well as two Korean-language newspapers. There are still many Korean businesses interspersed among the newer Mexican bakeries and Middle Eastern grocery stores. Approximately 45% of the businesses on this particular stretch of Lawrence Avenue are owned by Korean-Americans.
- Public Schools - Chicago Public Schools operates public schools
- Hibbard Elementary School
- Haugan Magnet School
- Budlong Elementary School
- Newton Bateman Elementary School
- North River Elementary
- Waters Elementary
- Volta Elementary
- Chappell Elementary
- ASPIRA at Haugan Middle School
- Haugan Middle Campus
- Albany Park Multicultural Academy
- Roosevelt High School
- Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center
- Edison Regional Gifted Center
- Global Village
- John M. Palmer Elementary
- Private Schools
- North Shore Junior Academy
- Little Angels
- Telshe Yeshiva
- Gateway to Learning
- St. Matthias Transfiguration
- St. Edward School
- Eagle's Wings Urban Academy
- Northeastern Illinois University
- North Park University
Parks and recreation facilities
- Eugene Field Park
- Gompers Park
- Horner Park
- Jensen Park
- Kiwanis Park
- Ravenswood Manor Park
- River Park
- Ronan Park
- Buckeye Playlot Park
- Buffalo Playlot Park
- Jacob Playlot Park
- Sunken Gardens Playlot Park
- Vogle Playlot Park
The Chicago Shimpo previously had its offices in Albany Park. It is now headquartered in Arlington Heights.
Since the 1992-1995 war in Yugoslavia, roughly 1,200 Serbians who lived in Croatia resettled in Albany Park along with more than 4,000 Bosnians of all three backgrounds.
- Drake Community Garden
- Turtle Park Community Garden
- Global Gardens Community Garden and Urban Farm
Active neighborhood organizations
- Albany Park Community Center
- Albany Park Chamber of Commerce
- Communities United (formerly Albany Park Neighborhood Council)
- Albany Park Theater Project
- Albany Park Autonomous Center
- American Indian Center
- New Life Community Church
- Christ Church
- Healthy Albany Park Coalition
- World Relief Chicago
- North River Commission
- Lawrence Avenue Development Corporation
- Lawrence Hall Youth Services
- Cambodian Association of Illinois
- Young Women's Empowerment Project
- Full Gospel Chicago Church
- True North Christian Fellowship
- Foresight Design Initiative
- North Park Friendship Center
- King Oscar Lodge
- Mexico-US Solidarity Network
- American Legion
- Svithiod Independent Order
- Irish American Heritage Center
- Hanul Family Alliance
- Friedman Place
- North Mayfair Improvement Association
- Mayfair Civic Organization
- Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association
- Korean American Community Services
- Latino Union Worker Center
- Albany Park Neighbors
- West River Park Improvement Association
- People of East Albany Park (PEAP) neighborhood organization
- Church of the Beloved Albany Park
- North Branch Projects
- Territory Albany Park
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