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Irving Park is Community Area 16 of the 77 on the city's official list. Its boundaries are, generally, Belmont Ave (3200 N) to Montrose Ave (4400 N) west of Pulaski Ave (4000 W) and Addison St (3600 N) to Montrose Ave (4400 N) east of Pulaski, from the Chicago River west to Cicero Ave (4800 W).

Irving Park includes the neighborhoods of Kilbourn Park, Old Irving Park, South Old Irving Park, The Villa and West Walker. ZIP codes: 60618, 60641, 60630.

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Thirty new units headed for Irving Park

3408-34 Milwaukee Ave

Building permits were issued last week for the construction of 5 3-story 6-flats on a large tract of vacant land at 3408 – 3434 N Milwaukee Ave. We’ve placed calls, but have been unable to determine whether the units will be for sale or for rent. When we stopped by on Friday there was no ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 29, 2013
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Avondale Closeout still not closed out

Avondale Closeout

Back in October of 2010 Red Seal Homes held a grand opening event for its curiously named Avondale Closeout development. Plans called for 19 homes base-priced from the $560s to the $600s, with a first phase of 9 homes. Since that time, according to Redfin data, two homes have sold. A 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 18, 2013
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Heading upriver to Chicago’s Northwest side

Chicago river home

We folded our New Homes Magazine several years ago, but still enjoy looking back on some of the lengthier stories we published about Chicago neighborhoods during its tenure. Five years ago we went upriver for a glimpse of Avondale, Irving Park, Albany Park, North Park and Sauganash. Development was booming in that stretch of Chicago’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 27, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

A curious affordable housing proposal in Irving Park

Albany Park video

Both Curbed and The Welles Park Bulldog have weighed in on a recent proposal for a 71-unit affordable housing development in the 2400 block of West Irving Park Rd. Neither site has mentioned the rather curious nature of the proposed zoning change, which is made on behalf of a developer who does not have site ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 13, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

A newly-renovated Irving Park single-family

3619 N Francisco

Just a few doors north of the Addison Mall and a busy Target store you’ll find this newly-renovated, newly-listed 3-bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home at 3619 N Francisco. The Irving Park home has a sleek kitchen, two family rooms, a large master suite, hardwood floors and a lot of appeal. There’s also a nice-sized yard, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 3, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Condo price goes off a cliff at The Terrace in Irving Park

3917 N Kedzie Chicago IL

Five years ago we reported that a development called The Terrace was offering 24 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath condos in four 6-flats at 3917 – 3935 N Kedzie Ave in Irving Park. One building was said to be complete, and the others “in various stages of construction.” Six weeks later we wrote that “approximately 1,800 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 21, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

From the archives – a new 6-bedroom in Irving Park

3908 N Kildare Chicago

Five years have passed since we first wrote about the then newly-built home at 3908 N Kildare in Irving Park. At the time, the 6-bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 3-car garage home on a 50 x 144 lot was priced at $1,790,000. It sold in November of 2007 for $1,535,000. The home has been back on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 4, 2012
DealsChicagoNorthwest Side

New luxury apartments on the Albany Park / Irving Park border

Albany Park apartments

Noah Properties is best known for its rapidly-selling stylish new homes and condos, but the company has begun building new rental properties with condo-quality finishes and amenities. Noah is nearing completion of four 6-unit buildings spanning nearly an entire block on the Albany Park / Irving Park border. One of the buildings is already occupied, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 29, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

An updated look at Elston Timber Lofts in Irving Park

Elston Timber Lofts

We’ve looked in periodically on Elston Timber Lofts, 3637 N Spaulding Ave in Irving Park, ever since the project first came to our attention back in September of 2006. At that time it hosted some intense graffiti. When we last wrote about the project, in November of 2009, we reported that only 6 of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 22, 2012
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Tough time for condos in three once-strong markets

Rogers Park condo graph

Condominiums in Rogers Park, Humboldt Park and Irving Park — three neighborhoods that once had strong new development and high selling prices — are now selling for 25%, 27%, and 40% of their peak price levels in 2007 or 2008. As of last quarter, the median selling price of a condominium in Rogers Park was ...

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Posted by Jeff Baird on February 14, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

From Yo’s archives – Irving Park walks and a Smoque break

Smoque video

Smoque had just recently opened when Irving Park resident Erica Gunderson visited with YoChicago’s Nat Swift, five years ago today. It has since become a favored destination for BBQ lovers, garnering more than 1,200 reviews on Yelp, most of them wildly positive. In the following videos Erica and Nat take a walk along Belle Plaine ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 6, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Median selling prices take a hit on northwest side

Albany Park single-family sales

The last time I wrote for YoChicago, I highlighted several neighborhoods whose sellers were holding out for a higher price — in other words, neighborhoods where sales volume has fallen, but prices have remained fairly steady. The story has been the opposite for several Northwest side neighborhoods I track. In Albany Park, irving Park, and ...

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Posted by Jeff Baird on November 22, 2011
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Loving the dogs in Independence Park

Independence Park

It was one of those afternoons in Independence Park where the thing to do was to spend some time trying to pay back your dog’s love. This gal was making it look easy. This dog trainer was teaching his pet, with some success, to climb trees. The kid wearing this shirt wasn’t playing by the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 31, 2011
ChicagoNorthwest Side

$450K on Elston – what happened here?

3715 N Elston Chicago

It’s difficult enough to fathom how anyone would spend $450,000 for a garden-variety 3-bedroom condo in the 3700 block of Elston Ave. It’s beyond difficult to understand why anyone would have done that in April of 2008. According to information on file with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, Unit 4 at 3715 Elston Ave ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 2, 2011
ChicagoNorthwest Side

New to the market: A four-bedroom home “priced for today” in Irving Park

The median list price for an Irving Park single-family built between 2000 and 2010 is in the mid-$600s, which is what the home above sold for back in May 2007. The median sale price for the same type of home over the past six months is right around $600,000, which is where it’s priced today. ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 29, 2010
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Red Seal “closing out” Irving Park’s Villa District with new single-family homes

Avondale Closeout, Irving Park, Chicago

If you’ve ever been to the Villa District in Irving Park, you’ve probably noticed a wedge of undeveloped land bounded by Hamlin and Avondale avenues, anchored by one lonely new-construction home. After looking at Chicago Agent’s events calendar last week, I learned that Red Seal Homes intends to build 19 more homes there, and is ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on October 25, 2010
ChicagoNorthwest Side

The only $2M+ home west of Western

At $2.19 million, the 9,850 square-foot, seven-bedroom / six-bath home at 3757 N Keeler Ave in Irving Park holds the distinction of being the most expensive listing within the city limits, west of Western Avenue. The new-construction home sits on a 60′ x 171′ lot at the corner of Keeler and Grace Street and features ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on October 18, 2010
ChicagoNorthwest Side

BlockWalking West Walker with Eric

Long-time YoChicago readers may remember Eric Borys as “The Bench,” our Irving Park correspondent. For about six years, Eric has lived in an apartment on Irving Park Road, across the street from Independence Park. On Friday morning we met at the corner of Irving Park Road and Elston Avenue to talk about the Irving Park ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on July 12, 2010
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Shark bites: Four-bedroom duplexes available for under $300K in Irving Park

Buyers are coming around on a new-construction six-flat at 3500 W Irving Park Rd on the Irving Park / Albany Park border, where the Matt Garrison Group has listed two-bedroom / two-bath condos in the $210s and four-bedroom / three-bath duplexes in the $290s. The building saw only one sale before it “got caught in ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 28, 2010
ChicagoNorthwest Side

From the vault: Kass and the castle

News that Rudy Acosta’s infamous castle on the Kennedy is on the market had us digging back into the Tribune’s video archives for this gem: columnist John Kass’ interviews with a few miffed Irving Park residents. The 7,000 square-foot, 42-foot-high home at 3721 N Parkview Terrace started going up in 2006, but Acosta — described ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 14, 2010