Albany Park, Chicago

Albany Park, Chicago
Albany Park
—  Community area  —
Community Area 14 - Albany Park
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 41°58.2′N 87°43.2′W / 41.97°N 87.72°W / 41.97; -87.72Coordinates: 41°58.2′N 87°43.2′W / 41.97°N 87.72°W / 41.97; -87.72
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
City Chicago
 – Total 1.9 sq mi (5.00 km2)
Population (2000)
 – Total 57,656
 – Density 29,865.7/sq mi (11,531.2/km2)
  population up 16.6% from 1990
 – White 7.15%
 – Black 3.31%
 – Hispanic 66.7%
 – Asian 17.7%
 – Other 5.14%
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes parts of 60625, 60630
Median income $40,711
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

Albany Park is one of 77 well-defined Chicago, Illinois, community areas on the Northwest Side of the City of Chicago. It includes the Albany Park neighborhood, one of the most ethnically diverse in the United States. It has one of highest percentages of foreign-born residents of neighborhoods in Chicago.

Although the majority of those foreign-born residents are from Latin America, the majority from Mexico (especially from the state of Michoacán) and Guatemala, substantial numbers are from the Philippines, India, Korea, Cambodia, Somalia, the Former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia), Romania, Pakistan and the Middle East (especially Iraq, Iran, and Lebanon). Over 40 different languages are spoken in its public schools.

Due to the diverse population and immigrant population attraction, the population of the neighborhood has increased by 16.5% in the last decade.[1] It is part of the 60625 zip code, which is known as one of the most diverse areas in the entire country.[2]


Government Agencies


-5150 N. Kimball Avenue

  • Mayfair Branch

-4440 W. Lawrence Avenue

Police Department
  • 4650 N. Pulaski Road - 17th District
Fire Department
  • Engine Co. 110

- 2322 West Foster Avenue

  • Engine Co. 124

- 4426 North Kedzie Avenue

  • Engine Co. 69

- 4017 North Tripp

Marine Corps
  • U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 2nd Battalion 24th Marines

-3034-60 W. Foster Avenue


The Chicago Transit Authority's Ravenswood Brown Line terminates at Lawrence and Kimball Avenues. Albany Park is accessible through the Kimball, Kedzie and Francisco stations of the Brown Line, the Montrose CTA Blue Line Station, as well as by the Edens expressway (Interstate 94). The name "Albany Park" refers both to one of Chicago's 77 official community areas and the traditional name of a neighborhood within that community. The official community is bounded very approximately by Foster Avenue and the North Branch of the Chicago River on the north, Montrose Avenue on the south, Elston Avenue on the southwest, and the North Branch of the Chicago River on the east. It is in Jefferson Township, which was annexed into Chicago in 1889.

Bus Routes
  • Lawrence Bus #81
  • Pulaski Bus #53
  • Montrose Bus #78
  • Kimball/Homan Bus #82
  • Irving Park #80
  • Foster Bus #92


The area is one of the most Democratic of the country: In 2004, John Kerry won 22,800 votes (97.47%) to only 529 (2.26%) for George W. Bush. This is due to strong Democratic party involvement at the local level and Chicago's heavily Democratic tilt. Currently, Albany Park is in 3 wards. The 33rd ward (Alderman Richard Mell - Democrat), the 39th wards (Alderman Margaret Laurino - Democrat), and the 40th Ward (Alderman Patrick O'Connor - Democrat). Alderman Richard Mell is the father-in-law of former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Elected Officials

State Representatives
  • Deborah L. Mell (District 40)
  • John D'Amico (District 15)
  • John A. Fritchey (District 11)
  • Gregory Harris (District 13)
State Senators
  • John J. Cullerton (District 6)
  • Iris Y. Martinez (District 20)
  • Ira I. Silverstein (District 8)
  • Heather Steans (District 7)
  • Richard Mell (33rd Ward)
  • Margaret Laurino (39th Ward)
  • Patrick O'Connor (40th Ward)
Cook County Commissioner
  • Robert Maldano (District 8)


The traditional neighborhoods within the official community are (including rough boundaries):

  • Albany Park: North: North Branch of the Chicago River (about 5100 N); South: Montrose (4400 N): East: North Branch of the River (about 3000 W); West: Pulaski (4000 W).
  • Mayfair: Lawrence (4800 N), Montrose (4400 N), Pulaski (4000 W), and Cicero (4800 W).
  • North Mayfair: Bryn Mawr (5600 N), Lawrence (4800 N), Pulaski (4000 W), and Cicero (4800 W).

Immediately to the north, in North Park, lie Northeastern Illinois University, North Park University, and the Bohemian National Cemetery.

Korean commercial district

The neighborhood has been the "Koreatown" of Chicago since the 1980s. The majority of Korean shops in Albany Park can be found on Lawrence Avenue (4800 North) between Kedzie (3200 West) and Pulaski (4000 West). This particular section of Lawrence Avenue has been officially nicknamed by the city of Chicago as "Seoul Drive" because of the multitude of Korean-owned enterprises on the street. Although many of the Korean Americans in the neighborhood have been moving to the north suburbs in recent years, it still retains its Korean flavor. Every year there is a Korean festival, and the neighborhood is home to a Korean television station (WOCH-CA Ch. 41) and radio station (1330 AM) as well as two Korean-language newspapers. There are still many Korean businesses interspersed among the newer Mexican bakeries and Middle Eastern grocery stores. Approximately 45% of the businesses on this particular stretch of Lawrence Avenue are owned by Korean-Americans.[3]


Public Schools - Chicago Public Schools operates public schools
  • Hibbard Elementary School
  • Haugan Magnet School
  • Budlong Elementary School
  • North River Elementary
  • Waters Elementary
  • Volta Elementary
  • Chappell Elementary
  • ASPIRA at Haugan Middle School
  • Haugan Middle Campus
  • Albany Park Multicultural Academy
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center
  • Edison Regional Gifted Center
  • Global Village
  • John M. Palmer Elementary
Private Schools
  • North Shore Junior Academy
  • Little Angels
  • Telshe Yeshiva
  • Gateway to Learning
  • St. Matthias Transfiguration
  • St. Edward School
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • North Park University

Parks & Recreation Facilities

  • Eugene Field Park
  • Gompers Park
  • Horner Park
  • Jensen Park
  • Kiwanis Park
  • Ravenswood Manor Park
  • River Park
  • Ronan Park
  • Buckeye Playlot Park
  • Buffalo Playlot Park
  • Jacob Playlot Park
  • Sunken Gardens Playlot Park
  • Vogle Playlot Park


The Chicago Shimpo has its offices in Albany Park.[4]

Community Gardens

  • Drake Community Garden
  • Turtle Park Community Garden

Active Neighborhood Organizations

  • Albany Park Community Center
  • Albany Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Albany Park Neighborhood Council
  • Albany Park Theater Project
  • Christ Church
  • Healthy Albany Park Coalition
  • World Relief Chicago
  • North River Commission
  • Lawrence Avenue Development Corporation
  • Lawrence Hall Youth Services
  • Cambodian Association of Illinois
  • Young Women's Empowerment Project
  • Foresight Design Initiative
  • North Park Friendship Center
  • King Oscar Lodge
  • Mexico-US Solidarity Network
  • American Legion
  • Svithiod Independent Order
  • Irish American Heritage Center
  • Hanul Family Alliance
  • Friedman Place
  • North Mayfair Improvement Association
  • Mayfair Civic Organization
  • Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association
  • Korean American Community Services


External links

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