East Garfield Park

Picturesque gardens and organic produce markets cross paths with vintage graystones and soul food restaurants in this long established - and now re-established - west side Chicago neighborhood. East Garfield Park is probably best known for the Garfield Park Conservatory which is one of the largest in the U.S. Like taking a step into another hemisphere, the conservatory is your ticket to a lush tropical climate with 30-foot palm trees and fragrant orchids, even in the dead of winter. The rest of the 185-acre park transports visitors to a fashionable Parisian-inspired commons with grand promenades, large ponds and landscaped grounds. On the restaurant front, East Garfield Park is a jackpot of American cuisine with a twist of southern cooking thrown in. Red hots, hamburgers and fries, fried fish and chicken, macaroni and cheese, submarines, peach cobblers and any other comfort food you can think of. For a taste of East Garfield Park's retail business just head over to Madison Street for the best shopping stops.

East Garfield Park Facts

Location: Four miles west of the Loop
Bordering Neighborhoods: United Center Park, Fifth City, West Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Lawndale
Boundaries: Chicago Avenue to the north, Western Avenue to the east, Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to the south and Pulaski Road to the west

Then and Now

East Garfield Park Real EstateEast Garfield Park neighborhood has undergone many transformations since it was annexed to Chicago in 1869. Soon after the annexation, the area saw a flood of real estate deals and the designation of Central Park (which was renamed Garfield Park in 1881 after the assassination of President James A. Garfield). However, after the property to the south and the east of the proposed park was divided, the developers didn’t hold up their end of the deal, and the lots remained without buildings or infrastructure.

The untouched properties were traded from developer to developer and proposals for construction bounced around until the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 when plans for the plots of land were quelled completely. Wary of the city’s ability to rebuild and nervous about the prospect of another large-scale blaze, East Garfield Park’s speculators began looking at acreage outside the city’s limits, abandoning the neighborhood’s original designs for good.

While the lack of development played a significant role in halting the area’s progress, an unreliable transportation system also hindered the fledgling neighborhood’s growth. When the Lake Street Elevated chugged its way into East Garfield Park in 1893, commercial development emerged on the scene shortly after. Amongst the factories and businesses flowing into the neighborhood, small apartment buildings and two-flats sprouted up as well to accommodate the local industry workers—who were predominantly German, Irish, Italian and Russian immigrants. By 1914, a slew of moderate-size homes, storefronts and manufacturers filled the once empty neighborhood, including a four-block long Sears, Roebuck and Company manufacturing plant.

The community’s prosperity continued after World War I. The successful West Garfield shopping district on Madison and Crawford streets spilled over the neighborhood borders and down East Garfield Park’s side of Madison Street. Even a fancy residential hotel opened in the vicinity. Times were good and the west side of Chicago was booming.

However, the Great Depression and World War II brought economic decline into the neighborhood. As times got tough, East Garfield Park’s spacious homes were re-sectioned into smaller units—each of which was packed to the gills with tenants—and the buildings fell into general disrepair. Housing conditions continued to deteriorate throughout the 1950s, and tenants’ requests for repairs were ignored. At the same time, the community’s cultural composition began to change as a large number of African American families, who had been displaced due to the construction of the Eisenhower Expressway, purchased and rented property in the region.

In 1966, anti-slum organizations were established in the neighborhood, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights drive. The East Garfield Park Union to End Slums rallied with picket marches and rent strikes, protesting the negligence of landlords in the area, and organized the East Garfield Park Cooperative to build better housing for local residents and bring grocery stores into the neighborhood. Even with the community’s structured efforts to improve the living situation, within two years the local business sector went into severe dilapidation after the Madison Street riots swept through the area, prompting a significant portion of the neighborhood’s residents to move.

In spite of these rough patches, East Garfield Park neighborhood is currently experiencing an economic and social revitalization. It’s located in the path of gentrification migrating west from the Loop. Low property prices have attracted a surge of developers, who are intent on restoring the neighborhood’s historic homes and buildings in addition to constructing new ones—and this time around the developers are sticking it out. In addition to the fresh wave of growth, the popular and successful Garfield Park Conservatory’s programs and attractions, major renovations to grounds at the namesake Garfield Park, and Mayor Richard Daley’s "Green Town" business development plan—not to mention the neighborhood’s proximity to downtown and access to mass transit—are all contributing factors to the attention being paid to this up-and-coming (again) Chicago neighborhood.


East Garfield Park’s main attraction is Garfield Park (100 N. Central Park Ave, 312-746-5092), which is chock-full of exciting things to do and see as well as green spaces to sit, relax and enjoy the view.

The park rests on 185 acres on the neighborhood’s west side. Plans for the park were conceived by William Le Baron Jenney, who is best known as the father of the skyscraper. Jenney’s design was inspired by the boulevards and French parks he’d seen in Paris, and this Parisian influence is reflected in the park’s meandering boulevards—which are perfect for walkers, runners and bikers like us.

Intended for passive recreational activities such as strolling, the park was developed in stages and, despite the original intentions, managed to become a haven for athletic-types over the years as well. The Garfield Park Fieldhouse is stocked with facilities including a fitness center, gym, basketball and tennis courts, a baseball diamond, boxing ring and a swimming pool. Everything we need to get in shape. It’s all housed in the park’s "Gold Dome Building," which was constructed in 1928 as the administrative headquarters for the West Park Commission and designed by architects Michaelson and Rognstad. It became Garfield Park Fieldhouse in 1934 when administrative offices were no longer needed. The sun reflecting off its gilded dome is sure to catch the eye of both park visitors and passengers riding on the nearby elevated Green Line train—the ornate design is magnificent and it’s hard not to gawk as you pass by, or through, the park grounds.

And as if the regal gold-topped fieldhouse isn’t enough to capture your interest, the large Garfield Park Lagoon has an attraction all its own. The lagoon serves the functional and necessary purpose of draining the park, but at the same time this practical device is an intriguing work of art sporting beautiful aesthetic water features. This mini lake is also a great place to cast a fishing line in hopes of catching largemouth bass, blue gill, crappie and carp. Don’t worry if you’re not the fisherman type, Garfield Park has plenty other leisurely sites to suit your fancy, including flower gardens, scenic bridges, the bandshell (known locally as "the gazebo") and the most notable highlight—a conservatory.

One of the most popular attractions in the area, Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave, 312-746-5100) was built between 1906 and 1907 and designed by renowned landscape architect Jens Jenson in collaboration with other architects, artisans, engineers and sculptors. Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the nation’s largest conservatories, covering approximately 4.5 acres of land and supporting thousands of plants. The home of "landscape art under glass" is free and open everyday. There’s a gift shop where you can purchase plants, artwork, books and other souvenirs, plus a small selection of refreshments. Sharpen your mental pencil at the conservatory’s year-round selection of exhibits and shows, including flower shows, art exhibits, cooking classes, arts and crafts courses, gardening workshops and demonstrations.

The conservatory is home to seven different horticulture display houses. Learn while playing at the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, where kids of all ages can climb on a seven-foot-tall seed, slide down a twirling stem, explore the mysteries of plant life and discover the conservatory’s unusual specimens. The Aroid House is full of a variety of aroids (a specific type of perennial) growing in a landscape setting. One of the house’s must-see sights is the Persian Pool, a serene lagoon surrounded by 16 yellow lily pads designed by acclaimed glass artist Chihuly. Or see a varied collection of cacti and succulents in a range of sizes at the Desert House. The vegetation growing here is known for its ability to thrive in arid conditions, and for production of short-lived yet brilliant blooms.

Want to know what Chicago looked like millions of years ago, but your time machine is on the fritz? The Fern Room gives visitors an idea of how the area looked in prehistoric times. Lush ferns (like the palm-like cyad, which is one of the oldest species of plants on earth), rocky outcroppings and an indoor lagoon add to the swampy landscape. The Horticulture Hall and Show House host the conservatory’s flower exhibits, including the azalea, spring, summer, chrysanthemum and holiday shows. And, as you might guess, all of the shows’ featured flowers are grown right here in the conservatory. Have a special event on the horizon? These spaces are also available for rental.

The exotic plants and palms in the Palm House create a tropical paradise that will have visitors thinking they’re in the Caribbean or Polynesia as opposed to the Midwest. Our favorite attraction is the rare double coconut palm, which is one of the largest of its kind in any conservatory in the country. Sweet House, the Willy Wonka of greenhouses, is home to chocolate, sugar cane, figs, pineapple, coconut, guava and banana plants. The oldest fruiting trees in Chicago, the theobroma cacao trees, can also be found here. But sorry folks—no eating the exhibits.

The conservatory’s beauty is not limited to indoor spaces. With three outdoor gardens, you can spend the day strolling around the premises, inhaling the gardens’ sweet scents. The City Garden is all about the city (what else?) and it incorporates urban aspects throughout, from hardy plantings to recycled bits of cityscape. Visitors learn about urban agriculture, organic gardening and beekeeping in the Demonstration Garden, and the garden staff is also available during certain hours to answer your questions. As pretty as a picture, Monet Garden is Chicago’s miniature version of impressionist painter Claude Monet’s garden in Giverney, France. It features many of the same plants and colors as well as a picnic area under a crab apple tree, completing the picturesque scene.

East Garfield Park is also home to the Chicago Center for Green Technology (445 N Sacramento, 312-746-9642). Not only is this a green building (due to its recycled materials, rooftop gardens, rainwater collection cisterns, solar panels, and geothermal heating system), but it is also a major recycling center and offers free informational seminars on environmental issues. The facility is open Monday – Saturday from 9am (closing hours vary). Self-guided brochure tours of the grounds and center are available at no charge for anyone who is interested.

Real Estate

The residential streets of East Garfield Park are quite diverse in housing options and styles. Like many typical Chicago neighborhoods, the blocks stick to the standard grid layout where homes are flanked by wide sidewalks in the front and by narrow alleyways in the back, sneaking in a bit of yard space in between. Trees surround many of the lots, alluding to the region’s long-established nature, and the mixture of single-family home designs and a multitude of multi-unit residences (many built of redbrick) characterize the community’s solid, family-oriented appeal.

Traditional urban living abounds in East Garfield Park—vintage mid-rise condominiums intermingle with the neighborhood’s small frame houses and classic bungalows. The wide avenues are tightly-packed with properties and a sense of closeness with your neighbors is strong throughout. But the vast open green space of Garfield Park provides residents with a little extra breathing room to balance out the close-quarters of the big city lifestyle.

While many of the residential buildings in East Garfield Park are older, their interiors have oftentimes been rehabbed with granite kitchen counter tops, hardwood flooring, fresh paint, new appliances and other upgraded amenities. So, the neighborhood keeps its old-school vibe while providing homeowners with the modern, updated features and living space they desire. For the most part, a one- or two-bedroom attached condo in East Garfield Park starts at around $135,000, with some three-bedroom properties available for as low as $155,000. These prices afford very nice real estate for first-time buyers with plenty of room to raise a family, but if you want to spend more, this west side Chicago neighborhood has countless listings for condos, townhomes and half-duplexes that can reach into the upper $300,000s and low $400,000s.

As for detached single-family residences in the area, there are a select few grand Victorian-age estates still standing that make up the neighborhood’s most expensive real estate. The stone manors are over a century old and offer the elegance of existence in Chicago’s prime era of expansion and prosperity. However, to find one of these vintage homes as a private dwelling (as opposed to divided up into flats) is rare and holds a price tag in the upper $800,000s. Other single-family houses in East Garfield Park are reasonably priced and are more contemporary in design and everyday comforts. On the high end, these three-bedroom homes are listed in the mid to upper $400,000s, but the neighborhood offers homebuyers a slew of properties—some modern in construction and others vintage—for a moderate price. Generally speaking, you can get a three- or four-bedroom for under $400,000, with most in the $175,000 to $350,000 price range.

What’s on the Menu?

Southern comfort food and traditional American restaurants dominate East Garfield Park neighborhood’s dining scene. A few Asian spots, like Ann’s Beef & Rice (3954 W. Lake St, 773-533-1060), and the Mexican joint Taco Bops (3243 W. Carroll Ave, 773-826-0978) spice things up, but they are few and far between. Star Lounge Café (2521 W Chicago, 773-384-7827) is a cozy coffeehouse with tasty espresso drinks and a celestial atmosphere. Sticking with its outer space theme, Star Lounge serves up a menu of aptly-named beverages, such as the Meteor Mocha. Patrons can get the usual bakery fare to complement their coffee and a limited list of breakfast specials are available as well.

For live blues, in addition to soul food, head to Wallace’s Catfish Corner (2800 W. Madison St, 773- 638-3747) where, during the warm months, blues bands can sometimes be found jamming in the parking lot for gathered crowds. In between sets, make your way inside the restaurant—which is often as loud and frenzied as the outdoor concert—for a basket of chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs and barbecue. Each order comes with two side dishes of favorites like mac and cheese, black eyed peas and okra. Don’t miss the weekly specials that include a mighty tasty $6.50 meat loaf on Tuesdays and baked fish on Fridays for $8.95. Wallace’s is certainly an East Garfield neighborhood institution that has made a name for itself citywide with the likes of famous diners such as Don King and Mr. T popping in for a meal on occassion.

Feed (2803 W. Chicago Ave, 773 489-4600) is easy to spot, but not necessarily easy on the eyes: a bright yellow sign with a black chicken and bold arrow pointing down marks the entrance. The city meets country home decor at this southern-style feeding ground boasting vintage pianos, chalkboard specials, blue-and-white table cloths and framed pictures of roosters and sunflowers. Rotisserie chicken is the specialty here, prepared with secret seasonings and served by the quarter, half or whole bird. The menu also includes burgers, barbecue sandwiches and chicken Caesar salad, and the weekend brunch has a challah French toast worth getting out of bed for. Wash it down with a glass of sweet tea or, if you’re looking for something stronger, you can BYOB with no corkage fee.

Another East Garfield Park neighborhood joint that serves a side of soul with their food is JJ Fish & Chicken (411 S. Kedzie Ave, 773-265-1577). Here patrons chow down on catfish fillets, chicken nuggets, perch, wings, chicken gizzards, hush puppies and shrimp—all for less than seven bucks. Or stop by Pete’s Place (3159 W. Van Buren St, 773-722-8948) for barbecue, hamburger, chicken and steak. Their chopped steak sandwich is rumored to be one of the west side’s best. The oldest hot dog stand in Chicago also calls East Garfield Park home. Al’s Red Hots (2908 W. Lake St, 773-722-6300) has been in operation for more than 55 years. Don’t be fooled by the small brick building with yellow trim, this tiny establishment does big business. Place your order through the glass window and chow down on Vienna hotdogs and Polish sausages that are anything but miniscule. Ben’s Hot Dog Stand (3043 W. 5th Ave, 773-265-6011) also slings dogs and sausages from a teeny brick walk-up, decorated in ketchup and mustard colors.

For something a bit healthier, yet still good for an on-the-go meal, this Chicago neighborhood is equipped with two Subways (3900 W. Madison St, 773-638-2886; 304 N. Pulaski Rd, 773-533-7827). Or throw calorie counting out the window and head to Moon’s Sandwich Shop (16 S. Western Ave, 312-226-5094). This East Garfield Park anchor opened in 1933, and has been satisfying hungry customers ever since with its stick-to-your-ribs goodness. Offering several daily specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the classic grub is served in a friendly diner atmosphere. Favorites include a stacked corned beef sub and a homemade meatloaf sandwiched with American cheese and mayo between slabs of white bread.

Best Shopping Stops

The strip malls lining Madison Street are your best bet for putting your credit card to some hefty work in East Garfield Park. These storefronts are filled with well-known spots like discount shoe giant Payless Shoe Source (1 S Pulaski Rd, 773-533-2740) and places to get the latest sportswear like Foot Locker (3900 W Madison St, 773-722-7116) and The Athlete’s Foot (3946 W. Madison St, 773-638-3300).

The neighborhood’s shopping belt also includes locally run businesses where you can stock up on your mane equipment and accessories at stores like Smile Beauty Supply (3977 W. Madison St, 773-722-4689) and Total Beauty Supply (3955 W. Madison St, 773-722-5342). Both supply beauty products (obviously), but it’s your call on which one to hit up first in search of that specific lipstick shade or hair gel. The nice thing is, the two glamour stations are only a few doors apart from each other, so we usually just end up stopping into both to guarantee we’ve got all the essential beautifying items we need. And East Garfield Parkers know where to go when it’s time to give the wardrobe a makeover—fill that closet with apparel from the likes of Chicago Hi-Fashion (3913 W. Madison St, 773-826-6311) and Casual Express (3973 W Madison St, 773-722-8220), or treat your feet at spots like Shoetime (3900 W Madison St, 773-826-1299) and Sportsland Inc (3946 W Madison St, 773-638-3300). No matter what look you’re going for, these hip west side fashion fixtures provide a good selection of trendy attire and footwear that are stylish and affordably priced.

Speaking of affordable prices, nothing says "deal" like a neighborhood discount store. Load up your basket with low-cost goods from clothes and kitchen appliances to home decorations and accessories at Essence Discount (3973 W. Madison St, 773-638-3696) and Pulaski Discount (16 S. Pulaski Rd, 773-265-0443). You never know what you’ll find in these bargain value marts, so keep your eyes peeled. After all that shopping, you might want a place to put up your feet. Pick up a foot stool and other furnishings from Latimer Furniture (3039 W. Carroll Ave, 773-265-0860) and L&L Furniture (2942 W. Van Buren St, 773-722-5259) to give the home a fresh feel, or just accent the existing decor with a few new pieces. We’ve always said, the coffee table can make or break your living room motif, so if it’s not making it—break it!—and then stop by Latimer or L&L for a new one.

Create a Garfield Park Conservatory in your own backyard with the help of City Escape Garden Center (3022 W. Lake St, 773-638-2000). This full-service retail center is home to 16,000-square-feet of plants, garden accessories, fertilizers, soils and mulches, everything needed to whip your yard into shape. The extensive selection of vegetation includes annuals, perennials, trees, flowers and other foliage in pots of all shapes, colors and sizes. Not quite a green thumb? A helpful staff offers gardening advice and suggestions. Once you’re done repotting plants and playing in the dirt, get squeaky clean at City Soaps (2557 W Chicago Ave, 312-563-9757), where you can stock up on handmade soaps in yummy combinations like caramel macchiato, chocolate truffle and pina colada. There are also soap gift baskets, complete with rubber duckies and cute buckets, to give the person who has everything.

The Carroll Street Corridor (from Kedzie Avenue to Sacramento Boulevard) harbors a cluster of art studios and practice spaces for musicians. This little artist haven is not well publicized, but it houses the mastering studio of famous musician Bob Weston from the band Shellac. In 2007, Weston set up shop in East Garfield Park in an intimate 1400-square-foot section of an industrial warehouse called Chicago Mastering Service (3052 W Carroll, 773-265-1753). Just down the street is another new addition to the neighborhood, Arts of Life (2010 W Carroll, 312-829-2787). The group has been recognized by local media for its work, which focuses on personal growth through creative expression in adults with developmental disabilities. The public is welcome to stop by for studio tours, but keep an eye out for this crew because they have performances in different venues and cafés throughout the city.

Mark Your Calendar

Garfield Park and Garfield Park Conservatory host several events and activities throughout the year to get neighborhood locals and people from around the city out and about. Every now and again everyone needs a little change of scenery and something to spice up the daily routine. So take out that calendar and mark these fun-filled special occasions down!

Like many Chicago area neighborhoods, East Garfield Park has a seasonal farmer’s market that offers a delightful common meeting ground for familiar faces, first-time marketers and everyone in between. Garfield Market Place (Garfield Park Conservatory Campus) is open Saturdays and Sundays, from May through October. Folks from all around come here during the warm weather months to shop for unique gift items like quilts, antiques, crystal and one-of-a-kind creations designed by local artists. And what’s a market without veggies and fruit? Organic produce grown by local farmers can be purchased starting in July, so forget about that trip to the grocers and bring your sturdy canvas bags to the conservatory to load up on some of the best-tasting strawberries, zucchini, corn, blueberries and squash in the city—to name a few of the delicious items people can pick up here. East Garfield Parkers can also bring a hankering for fresh produce to Farm-City Market Basket (300 N. Central Park Ave, 773-347-1374). Open Saturdays in the spring, summer and fall, fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables are gathered into baskets of 10 to 15 varieties. But this isn’t a stroll-around kind of place; you must call ahead and order, then pick up.

You can obviously get your fill of home-grown goodness and handmade goods at the neighborhood’s various markets, but once the day passes by and the sun starts to descend toward the horizon, you may begin to wonder where to find the best evening entertainment on Chicago’s west side. Look no further than your own backyard—and by backyard we mean the nearby neighborhood park. Jazz Under the Stars (300 N. Central Park Ave, 312-746-5100) takes place every July on the Conservatory Bluestone Terrace where guests partake in cocktails, jazz, dancing and good company. There’s a different featured musical artist every year to serenade the crowd under the brilliant city sky—which doesn’t always include stars since the lights are so bright—but you should be able to at least make out a few planets up above.

Night on the Town

The nightlife in East Garfield Park has found its footing in recent years. While not a wild and crazy scene, there is one popular location that draws a lot of attention. The Continental (2801 W Chicago, 773-292-1200) has been around far longer than most people in the neighborhood. This well-loved hangout is first pick for local revelers, especially those who like to dance late into the night. The 100-year-old place used to show its age until it was renovated and transformed into a happening lounge with after hours privileges. There is still memorabilia from the old dive, namely black-and-white photos hung on the walls and the original bar, which is often adorned with the same regulars who frequented The Continental in previous years.

Getting Around

East Garfield Park is a fairly large neighborhood with business districts, schools and residential sections rather spread out, making efficient public transportation and well-maintained surface roads a must. Whether you have your own vehicle, or ride the CTA, the city has worked hard to provide residents with excellent options for traveling about the community and to other parts of Chicago from East Garfield Park neighborhood.

Let’s start with how to get around if you happen to be car free. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates through the area with a system of buses and trains. The buses run along the neighborhood’s major thoroughfares with multiple stops for hopping on and off at convenient spots. The routes also take East Garfield Parkers straight into downtown, which is only four miles east of the neighborhood, so a morning commute to the Loop or a weekend shopping spree along the Magnificent Mile are just minutes away.

The buses do a great job, but some locals prefer to use the trains. We can’t blame them, the lines are well-marked and it’s easy to figure out how to get where you need to go. East Garfield Park is actually very connected to the rest of the city by the Green and Blue line "El" trains (called the El for their portions of elevated track). The Green Line bisects the neighborhood running east/west along Lake Street, with four stops: one at Pulaski Road, one at the Conservatory, another at Kedzie Avenue and a final stop at California Avenue before heading straight into the downtown Loop. The Blue Line edges East Garfield Park’s southern border. It stops at Pulaski Road and Kedzie Avenue, but it also has a station at Western Avenue, and like the Green Line, it heads into the city’s center.

Okay, so you know getting around without a vehicle is a snap, but what if you’re traveling by car? Lucky for East Garfield Park residents, I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) is conveniently located along the neighborhood’s southern boundary. There are a bunch of entrances and exits right off Congress Parkway and Harrison Street, so getting on the highway is no problem—it’s the situation on the expressway that can be questionable. With rush hour congestion traffic can be tough, but if you’ve got open road, motorists are able to shoot downtown in 10 minutes flat.

So you like the idea of taking a car, but you want someone else to do the driving? Well, if you try to hail a taxi, bring some patience along with your wallet as cabs are not extremely plentiful around this side of town. Your best bet for finding one is along the major intersections, but even that is hit or miss. Instead, we always call ahead to be picked up.

School’s in Session

East Garfield Park is a large area with many families living along its residential streets. In order to accommodate the number of young children in the neighborhood, several public and private schools have been established in the community over the years. In addition to the following list of East Garfield Park educational facilities, you can find more information on Chicago area schools at Chicago Public Schools and Great Schools.

Beidler Elementary School – 3151 W Walnut St – (773) 534-6811
Calhoun North Elementary School – 2833 W Adams St – (773) 534-6940
Dodge Elementary School – 2651 W Washington Blvd – (773) 534-6640
Faraday Elementary School – 3250 W Monroe St – (773) 534-6670
Laura Ward Elementary School – 410 N Monticello Ave – (773) 534-6440
Marshall Metro High School – 3250 W Adams St – (773) 534-6455
Morse Elementary School – 620 N Sawyer Ave – (773) 534-6680
Richard Wright Elementary School – 627 N Harding Ave – (773) 534-6870
Ryerson Elementary School – 646 N Lawndale Ave – (773) 534-6700
Westinghouse Career Academy – 3301 W Franklin Blvd – (773) 534-6400
Willa Cather Elementary School – 2908 W Washington Blvd – (773) 534-6780

Basic Needs

With such a big neighborhood, it’s sometimes hard to know where to find those simple everyday items. To narrow things down for you, we’ve compiled a sampling of some of the places in East Garfield Park where residents can get the bare necessities, from dish soap to cough syrup, a loaf of bread to salad dressing.


Chicago Legler Library – 115 S Pulaski Rd – (312) 746-7730


Chicago Transit Authority – (888) 968-7282


A Caalmad Pharmacy – 2839 W. Madison St – (773) 638-6615
Birger Juell Ltd – 200 N. Fairfield Ave – (773) 722-9688
Kedzie Drug Inc. – 264 N Kedzie Ave – (773) 826-4400
Kedzie Madison Drugs – 3179 W. Madison St – (773) 826-1830


Advocate Bethany Hospital – 3435 W Van Buren St – (773) 265-7700

Grocery Stores

Amer Food Inc – 3458 W Lake St – (773) 722-3996
Chicago and Western Fruit Market – 2401 W Chicago Ave – (773) 227-1333
Groceries-R-Us – 43 N Kedzie Ave – (773) 722-4241
Homan Gas & Mini Mart – 43 N. Homan Ave – (773) 826-5746
K&M Groceries – 3179 W Madison St – (773) 265-6533
Roseland Food & Liquor – 3407 W. Madison St – (773) 533-0646
Three Star Food Store – 252 N Kedzie Ave – (773) 722-2614
Wheeler & Dealer Food & Liquor – 220 N. Homan Ave – (773) 638-5522

The following are just a taste of the dining, shopping and entertainment East Garfield Park has to offer. Discover the rest as you explore the neighborhood for yourself.


Garfield Park Conservatory – 300 N Central Park Ave – (312) 746-5100


ABC – Choice 89 266 N. Kedzie Ave – (773) 638-5051
The Athlete’s Foot – 3946 W. Madison St. – (773) 638-3300
Buy & Fly – 3946 W Madison St – (773) 826-6930
California Street Wireless – 340 S. California Ave – (773) 533-3100
Casual Express – 3973 W Madison St – (773) 722-8220
Chicago Champs Inc – 3931 W. Madison St – (773) 533-6550
Chicago Hi-Fashion – 3913 W. Madison St – (773) 826-6311
Chicago Style – 3949 W Madison St – (773) 722-2160
City Escape Garden Center – 3022 W. Lake St – (773) 638-2000
City Soaps – 2557 W Chicago Ave – (312) 563-9757
Essence Discount – 3973 W. Madison St – (773) 638-3696
Fine Brothers – 3973 W. Madison St – (773) 533-4666
Foot Locker – 3900 W Madison St – (773) 722-7116
Forever Lady – 3979 W. Madison St – (773) 265-8722
Gk Tops & Bottoms, Inc – 3940 W. Madison St – (773) 722-5500
Glowtronics – 364 N. Hamlin Ave Apt 3 – (773) 722-9122
Gold House – 3973 W. Madison St – (773) 722-3306
Happy Beauty Supply – 13 S. Kedzie Ave – (773) 638-2383
Interesting Products – 328 N. Albany Ave – (773) 265-0600
Kneeknocker’s Inc – 3973 W. Madison St – (773) 722-7371
L&L Furniture – 2942 W. Van Buren St – (773) 722-5259
Lady Buy & Fly – 3952 W. Madison St – (773) 826-6940
Latimer Furniture – 3039 W. Carroll Ave – (773) 265-0860
Litts Cut Rate – 3991 W. Madison St – (773) 826-1430
Liz’s Bird Shop – 2403 W Chicago Ave – (312) 421-3369
Lois Beauty Shop – 421 N Kedzie Ave – (773) 722-9664
Magic Apparel Inc – 3961 W Madison St – (773) 533-3435
Mizz Nellie’s Soundtrack – 2945 W. Madison St – (773) 722-1910
Mr Shoes – 3235 W Chicago Ave – (773) 826-9787
New Look Inc – 3925 W. Madison St – (773) 638-2110
Payless Shoe Source – 1 S Pulaski Rd – (773) 533-2740
PLJ Enterprises Boutique – 3973 W Madison St – (773) 826-3006
Princess – 3943 W Madison St – (773) 826-5352
Pulaski Discount – 16 S. Pulaski Rd – (773) 265-0443
Railyard Studios – 2950 W. Carroll Ave – (773) 638-2151
Rainbow Kids Apparel Co – 3900 W Madison St – (773) 533-2133
Smart Choice Apparel – 3947 W Madison St – (773) 638-4560
Smile Beauty Supply – 3977 W. Madison St – (773) 722-4689
Shoetime – 3900 W Madison St – (773) 826-1299
Sportsland Inc – 3946 W Madison St – (773) 638-3300
Thompson Art Company – 319 N. Albany Ave – (773) 533-0506
Total Beauty Supply – 3955 W. Madison St – (773) 722-5342
Westside Communications & Apparel – 15 S. Kedzie Ave – (773) 265-7639
Wilson T-Shirts – 214 S. Hamlin Blvd – (773) 265-0197
Windy City Plastic Fabrication – 263 N. California Ave – (773) 533-1099
WW2 Quarter Master Depot – 1137 W Chicago Ave – (312) 884-0050


American Cuisine
All Time Bar B Q – 2939 W. Madison St – (773) 722-3988
Al’s Red Hots – 2908 W. Lake St – (773) 722-6300
Al’s Vienna – 2900 W. Lake – (773) 638-0080
American Restaurant – 3005 W. Madison St – (773) 265-0193
Ben’s Hot Dog Stand – 3043 W. 5th Ave – (773) 265-6011
Blue Sea Fish & Chicken – 107 N. Kedzie Ave – (773) 533-9999
City Submarine – 3849 W. Madison St – (773) 722-1481
C J’s Best – 2806 W. Lake St – (773) 638-6008
Feed – 2803 W. Chicago Ave – (773) 489-4600
Five Star Submarine – 501 N. Kedzie Ave – (773) 265-1077
J & J Fish – 411 S Kedzie Ave – (773) 265-1577
Jimmy G’s Restaurant – 307 S. Kedzie Ave – 773-533-1790
Lake Fast Food – 2000 W. Lake St – (773) 826-2102
McDonald’s – 23 N. Western Ave – (312) 243-3599
Moon’s Sandwich Shop – 16 S. Western Ave – (312) 226-5094
Not Just Dogs – 20 S. Western Ave – (312) 850-0170
Pete’s Place – 3159 W. Van Buren St – (773) 722-8948
Shark’s Fish and Chicken – 338 S. California Ave – (773) 722-4200
Subway – 3900 W. Madison St – (773) 638-2886 and 304 N. Pulaski Rd – (773) 533-7827
Wallace’s Catfish Corner – 2800 W. Madison St – (773) 638-3747
Z’s Quality Fast Food – 2750 W. Madison St – (773) 533-0608

Mexican Cuisine
Taco Bops – 3243 W. Carroll Ave – (773) 826-0978

Asian Cuisine
Ann’s Beef & Rice – 3954 W. Lake St – (773) 533-1060
Beef Chop Suey – 214 N. Homan Ave – (773) 265-8303
Boom Fried Rice – 356 S. Pulaski Ave – (773) 826-0589
Midwest Chop Suey Restaurant – 3854 W. Madison St – (773) 533-7708

Mini-Castle – 3031 W. Madison St – (773) 722-9015
Mr B Flavors – 2913 W. Madison – (773) 722-7362

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