Geography of the Northwest Side

Logan Square

Logan Square is a wonderful neighborhood located northwest of Chicago’s loop. The neighborhood is surrounded by West Bloomingdale, Armitage and Diversey. This indicates that the people of Logan Sqaure have easy access to public transportation. CTA buses pass through: Milwaukee, Armitage, Fullerton and Diversey. Plus, it has the Blue Line train that goes across the neighborhood diagonally. Not only does Logan Square offer a great system that allows people to travel. It also holds a population that is mix of ethnicities, which includes: Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Polish, Eastern European, and African Americans.

Most people are attracted to the neighborhood for being affordable; however, it also attracts people because of its restaurants and cafes. Logan Square is a home to over one hundred and twenty fine restaurants, cafes, and bakeries that surround the neighborhood. Some popular sites are: Lula Café, Dunlay’s, Street Side Bar and Grill, Calvin’s BBQ, El Cid. Additionally, the community has near by: churches, health centers, post offices, and schools.

Little Italy and Greek Town

Little Italy is bordered by Roosevelt Rd. and Racine Ave. It is filled with restaurants, transportation, shops, and the University of Chicago in Illinois. Little Italy is minutes away from the Loop and the University of Chicago in Illinois becoming a home for students, faculty, and the high working class. Little Italy became the home of high amounts of Italian immigrants in the 1850’s thus getting the name Little Italy. The construction of the UIC campus caused many homes and establishments to be destroyed causing many of its residents to move out. Now, Little Italy is considered a high-profile community filled with luxury condominiums and fine cuisine. Being close to the Loop, UIC, great restaurants and shops has turned Little Italy into a great community.

Albany Park:

Albany Park is a community with great transportation services. We have several bus routes in our neighborhood that are very useful to travel to other places: Lawrence Bus #81, Pulaski Bus #53, Montrose Bus #78, Kimball/Homan Bus #82, Irving Park #80, and Foster Bus #92. Albany Park is also very accessible through the CTA Brown Line Station, Montrose CTA Blue Line Station as well as by the Edens expressway. I am personally more familiar with the Brown Line and/or the Montrose Bus in order to get to most places. The Brown Line starts and ends at Lawrence and Kimball Avenues. The Brown Line is very useful to get to the Loop.

Most people are familiar with the CTA Brown Line. It is about a block away from Albany Park Community Center, a tutoring/mentoring program. There are other public services near the Brown Line that are efficient for residents in Albany Park. I am a resident of the Albany Park community and I can honestly say that public facilities as well as transportation services have been very useful.

Ukrainian Village:


Happily located four miles northwest of the Loop, the Ukrainian Village is located next to Wicker Park, Humboldt Park and West Town. Its boundaries run from north to south from Division St to Grand Ave, and east to west from Western and Damen Avenues. Although relatively small, the Ukrainian Village is full transportation, including the Chicago #66 bus, Western #49 and X49 buses, Grand #30 bus, Damen #50 bus, and the Division #70 bus. The small neighborhood has no CTA train stops but is conveniently placed only a few blocks away from the Blue and Green Lines.

Humboldt Park:

Humboldt Park  borders include Western Avenue to the east, Pulaski Road to the west, Armitage Avenue to the North and Chicago Avenue to the south. The Humboldt Park Community Area is west of that area; its borders are the Belt Railway on the west, just east of Cicero Avenue; the Union Pacific tracks to the south, along Kinzie Street; Bloomingdale Avenue on the north; and Humboldt Boulevard, Humboldt Park, and Sacramento Boulevard on the east. The rail yards southeast of Grand and Sacramento are also part of the Community Area.

The park was named for Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist famed for his five-volume work, “Cosmos: Draft of a Physical Description of The World”. Interestingly enough, his single visit to the United States did not include Chicago. The creation of Humboldt and several other west side parks provided beauty, linked together via Chicago’s historic boulevard system. The park is flanked by large graystone homes. The park that’s located right in the heart of the neighborhood is one of the largest parks in the city of Chicago.

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1 Response to “Geography of the Northwest Side”


  1. 1 Dan Bassill November 16, 2009 at 11:12 am

    You’ve done a really good job of including graphics in your blog, and providing information about the different neighborhoods of Chicago. Thank you.


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