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The Neighborhood Of Avondale
At first glance, Avondale, a low-key, working-class neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest side, has the patina of Old World Europe. Aromas from the neighborhood's many sausage-makers fill the air. Residents sit outside on their stoops or lean out second-floor windows, watching the traffic go by. Music in foreign languages is heard everywhere.

For years a largely Polish enclave, Avondale has retained that character but has doubled its Hispanic population. As a result, taquerias on Milwaukee Avenue now mix with the Polish shops, bookstores, and restaurants, many of which still have menus in Polish.

But the neighborhood is not without its problems, particularly on the southern end. Avondale's boundaries include Addison Street on the north, Diversey Parkway on the south, the North Branch of the Chicago River on the east, and the Milwaukee Road tracks north to Belmont Avenue and over to Pulaski Road on the west.

The neighborhood dates its beginnings to the development of nearby railroads and Milwaukee Avenue, which was once an old Indian trail. In 1848 Milwaukee Avenue was planked so that farmers in the area could better transport produce to market, a move that had limited success. The planks often warped or broke or were carved up for firewood in winter. By 1890 the city resurfaced the road.

Factories and brickyards that sprang up by the railroads were responsible for the initial wave of immigrants, mostly Germans, Scandinavians and Poles. By 1930 Polish residents accounted for 33 percent of the population. Even today foreign-born residents remain an important force in the neighborhood, numbering 39% of the 35,579 residents, (according to the 1990 Census).
Important Information For Avondale:
Residential Parking Permits - Vehicle Stickers

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Utilities Serving Avondale
Local Phone CompaniesAmeritech
30 South Wacker, 34th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Electric CompaniesComEd
P.O. Box 805379
Chicago, IL 60680-5379
Gas CompaniesNicor Gas
P.O. Box 190
Aurora, IL 60507-0190
Government Offices Serving Avondales
Drivers Licenses and Vehicle Registration/ License PlatesChicago North Driver Services Facility
5401 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
Driver's Licenses And Stickers OnlyDiversey Driver Services Facility
4642 West Diversey Street - Hall Plaza
Chicago, IL 60641
Schools Serving Avondale
Elementary Schools
Avondale School2945 N Sawyer Ave(773) 534-5242
Barry Elementary School2828 N Kilbourn Ave(773) 534-3455
Belding Elementary School4257 N Tripp Ave(773) 534-3590
Bell Elementary School3730 N Oakley Ave(773) 534-5150
Carl Von Linne School Branch3318 N Whipple St(773) 534-5218
Coonley Elementary School4046 N Leavitt St(773) 534-5140
Frank W Reilly School3650 W School St(773) 534-5250
George Schneider School2957 N Hoyne Ave(773) 534-5510
Grover Cleveland School3121 W Byron St(773) 534-5130
John B Murphy School3539 W Grace St(773) 534-5223
John J Audubon Elementary Schl3500 N Hoyne Ave(773) 534-5470
Lane Tech Band2501 W Addison St(773) 929-0215
Laughlin Falconer School3020 N Lamon Ave(773) 534-3560
Linne Elementary School3221 N Sacramento Ave(773) 534-5262
Newton Bateman School4220 N Richmond St(773) 534-5055
North Park Elementary School2017 W Montrose Ave(773) 583-3144
Patrick Henry School4250 N Saint Louis Ave(773) 534-5060
Portage Park Elementary School5330 W Berteau Ave(773) 534-3576
Scammon Elementary School4201 W Henderson St(773) 534-3475
William P Gray Schools3730 N Laramie Ave(773) 534-3520
Middle Schools
Frank W Reilly School3650 W School St(773) 534-5250
George Schneider School2957 N Hoyne Ave(773) 534-5510
Grover Cleveland School3121 W Byron St(773) 534-5130
Irving Park Middle School3815 N Kedvale Ave(773) 534-3750
Logandale Middle School3212 W George St(773) 534-5350
Thurgood Marshall Middle Schl3900 N Lawndale Ave(773) 534-5200
William P Gray Schools3730 N Laramie Ave(773) 534-3520
High Schools
Foreman High School3235 N Leclaire Ave(773) 534-3400
Foreman High School3235 N Leclaire Ave(773) 534-3400
Gordon Technical High School3633 N California Ave(773) 539-3600
Jacqueline Vaughn High School4355 N Linder Ave(773) 534-3600
Lane Tech Band2501 W Addison St(773) 929-0215
Schurz High School3601 N Milwaukee Ave(773) 534-3420
Weber High School3633 N California Ave # 901(773) 637-7500
William P Gray Upper Grade3730 N Laramie Ave(773) 534-3550

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