|Irving Park and the Northwest Side in general is an area known for its historic homes, convenient shopping areas, rehabbed buildings, fun bars and restaurants, and younger crowd. Old Irving Park, bounded by Montrose Avenue, Pulaski Road, Addison Street and Kostner Avenue, is an architectural treasure trove. Queen Anne, Victorian and Italianate homes, vintage farmhouses and elegant bungalows are in various stages of renovation or preservation.|
Ravenswood is far enough off the beaten path to be clean and quiet, but still close enough to the "hot spots" to lure a growing younger crowd into its predominantly family-governed streets. Ravenswood is located from Ravenswood Avenue west to the Chicago River, between Montrose and Bryn Mawr Avenues, and was once home to a large German population. Not all the original German families have flown the coop, and it shows in the charming restaurants, shops, and outdoor cafes. The area is diverse and always changing, and the Ravenswood El weaves through more as if giving a tour than as a mode of transportation.
Many small neighborhoods make up this area of the City. Transportation to downtown and the Loop is extremely convenient via the El, rents (though steadily getting higher as yuppies flee the more-expensive Lincoln Park) are still affordable in much of the area, and there is no shortage of any kind of restaurant, bar, shopping, festival or fair that you'd desire. Many of the older, working-family oriented neighborhoods are turning into spots popular with young professionals, and its becoming rare to come across a condo-free block, but there are still plenty of blocks of true neighborhoods here. It's a feeling that will take more than black SUVs and Starbucks to drown out.