Situated on the far reaches of Chicago’s Northwest Side, Edison Park (population 11,162) is a quiet residential community located 13 miles northwest of the Loop. In the 1890s, the village of Edison Park was formed, claiming to be the first community on Chicago’s Northwest Side to have electricity (which is of course the source of the neighborhood’s name). Hoping to enjoy the benefits of Chicago’s city services, including transportation and utilities, the town became part of Chicago in 1910.
Large migrations of German and Italian immigrants settled in Edison Park in the 20th century, and today the neighborhood is one of Chicago’s better educated, with roughly 45 percent of adults having earned at least a bachelor’s degree. Edison Park is now a neighborhood full of historic architecture and beautiful parks that is conveniently located close to the city, the suburbs and O’Hare Airport.
Public Amenities, Services, Civic Organizations
Edison Park residents enjoy access to two full-service parks, Brooks and Olympia parks, both of which have indoor and outdoor sports facilities. In August, the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce hosts Edison Park Fest, a three-day music festival that takes place at the Edison Park Metra Station.
Housing options in Edison Park range from modest bungalows and three-flats to modern condo developments and larger single-family homes. Edison Park’s biggest construction boom took place in the 1960s and ‘70s, and the housing stock in the neighborhood still reflects that. Condo and single-family home prices in Edison Park are comparable to the neighboring suburb of Niles, and slightly lower than Park Ridge. Most homes in Edison Park are valued between $175,000 and $250,000. More than 80 percent of Edison Park households are owner-occupied, which somewhat limits the rental options in the neighborhood.
Edison Park was built around the train, which shuttled workers to downtown Chicago. With the Kennedy Expressway located just one mile to the south, the neighborhood is less reliant on train travel today, but it does still come into play. The Edison Park Metra station is located in the middle of the neighborhood, and it takes commuters to downtown Chicago in about 15 minutes.
Shopping, Dining and Nightlife
For dinner, Zia's Trattoria should top the list for lovers of Italian food. Elliott's Seafood Grille & Chop House, owned by the Elliott family, which has been running successful Chicago restaurants since the 1930s, is among the neighborhood’s best fine dining options. For more casual fare, Moretti's Pizzeria is a recent winner of the Great Northwest Pizza Contest. After dinner, there are plenty of spots to get a nightcap in Edison Park, including Lottie’s Pub, Emerald Isle, Morrison Roadhouse, and my personal fave, the Edison Park Inn.
Few Chicago Public Schools get as many rave reviews as Edison Park Elementary School, which is known for having a faculty that give special attention to each and every child. Ebinger Public Elementary School and St. Juliana, a private Catholic school, are also located in Edison Park. Parents of younger children can send their kids to the Montessori Learning Center located across the street from the Metra station.