Know your limits: Identifying the boundaries for Chicago’s top neighborhood elementary

Lincoln Elementary School boundaries, Lincoln Park, Chicago

Last week the Sun-Times published its 2010 report cards for public elementary, middle, and high schools in the Chicago area. The top seven public elementaries in Chicago proper are test-in schools; the eighth, Lincoln, is the highest ranked boundary-area elementary in the city, and the 14th highest public elementary statewide.

The map above, taken from Lincoln’s website, shows the school’s attendance area. It encompasses everything inside North Avenue, Orchard Street, Fullerton Parkway, and Lake Shore Drive, but in areas extends as far west as Halsted and as far north as Arlington.

The most expensive existing home for sale within the school’s boundaries is a 6,290 square-foot single-family at 441 W Belden Ave, priced at $4.7 million. (For $8.5 million, the Bowen Group will build a 17,000 square-foot mansion at 1919 N Howe St.) The least expensive home with more than one bedroom (we’re assuming you have a kid, after all) is a two-bedroom condo on the 10th floor of 2000 Lincoln Park West. For the area’s median price (around $615,000), you can buy a four-story, four-bedroom rowhome at 1624 N LaSalle Blvd in the Old Town Triangle.

If you’re ever uncertain where school boundaries begin and end, you can always use the Chicago Public Schools’ locator map to identify attendance areas by home address.

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