On the far Northwest Side of Chicago is the large, bungalow-packed neighborhood of Jefferson Park. With its beautiful residential blocks, established commercial areas and access to Chicago’s major expressways and public transportation options, Jefferson Park is a safe, family-oriented community only 10 miles from the downtown Loop.
Jefferson Park’s local culture is influenced by its sizeable Polish-American population and notable showing of independently-owned businesses and shops. A significant portion of city employees have made their home in Jefferson Park, especially retirees from the police force and former firefighters who want to settle down in a nice, quiet part of Chicago.
Much of the neighborhood’s retail and dining is centered about the busy thoroughfare of Milwaukee Avenue. This street bisects the community and is lined with restaurants, cafés, bars, pizzerias, stores and other local merchants. Branching off from Milwaukee onto Lawrence and Elston avenues are additional establishments and neighborhood institutions that extend the scope of services found in this unassuming Chicago borough. Whether you’re craving a home-style pierogi made fresh that morning or need a repair to your laptop by a computer professional, Jefferson Park can accommodate what you’re looking for.
Even if you’ve never spent time in Jefferson Park, chances are you’ve at least been through the neighborhood—perhaps on your way to O’Hare Airport. The Jefferson Park Transit Center is a major transportation hub for Northwest Chicago that connects CTA trains, buses and Metra line rails. Its newly renovated facility along the 4900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue is busy around the clock and serves thousands of commuters daily. The Blue Line L station (four stops from the end of the line at O’Hare Airport) recently underwent a $4 million makeover that included new hand- and guardrails and new floors.
Many motorists drive through Jefferson Park every day as well. The I-90 expressway follows along next to the Blue Line L tracks and slices through the neighborhood to connect with I-94 just outside Jefferson Park’s eastern border. Its proximity to two of Chicago’s most-traveled highways makes the community an easily-accessible destination that still enjoys the serenity of being removed from the city’s congested near downtown areas.
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