Edgebrook

This secluded, family-oriented neighborhood on Chicago's far northwest side is nestled among beautiful forest preserves, sprawling golf courses, and scenic public parks. The Edgebrook neighborhood is a lovely picture of wealth and desirability that is visible in both its up market homes and its strong sense of community pride. Boasting a landmark status historic district, known as Old Edgebrook, and several civic organizations that work to maintain and promote the area's well-to-do appeal, you'll likely catch walking tours, street festivals and holiday-themed parades taking place throughout the year. Businesses and restaurants are concentrated in Edgebrook's main intersection, but the rest of the neighborhood is reserved for winding residential streets and spacious properties.

Edgebrook Facts

Location: About 12 miles northwest of the Loop
Bordering Neighborhoods: Wildwood, Sauganash, South Edgebrook, Niles, Skokie
Boundaries: Lunt and Ionia avenues to the north, Cicero Avenue to the east, Caldwell Avenue to the south, Lehigh and Dowagiac avenues to the west
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Then and Now

Edgebrook Real EstateThe Edgebrook neighborhood stands on land once inhabited by the Miami, and later the Potawatomi, Native American tribes. In 1828, the U.S. government granted the 1600-acre tract of land (including what are now the Chicago neighborhoods Edgebrook, South Edgebrook, Forest Glen, and Sauganash) to Billy Caldwell, a Potawatomi chief of Mohawk Indian and Irish ancestry.

Caldwell had mediated several treaties between the United States and the Potawatomi, and the land was his reward for a job well done. When Caldwell moved to Iowa, he sold the property to farmers, and the area was annexed to the city of Chicago in 1889. A new railroad station at Edgebrook roused residential development, but due to the region’s seclusion, home building didn’t really take off until the 1920s.

Today, Edgebrook is still overwhelmingly residential, with just a bit of industry. Among Chicago’s wealthier neighborhoods, Edgebrook attracts city workers and their families—and others who want to be closer to nature yet still within the city’s boundaries.

Edgebrook’s Native American heritage lives on in street names like Hiawatha, Sioux, Dowagiac (Potawatomi for "foraging ground"), Nokomis (Ojibwe for "my grandmother"), and many more. Two streets in the area are named in honor of Billy Caldwell: Caldwell Avenue and Sauganash Avenue, as Sauganash ("the Englishman") was Caldwell’s Native American name.


Architectural Art

In 1998, the Chicago Commission on Landmarks designated Old Edgebrook (bounded by Central and Devon avenues, the Chicago River, and the Edgebrook Golf Course) as a landmark district. Take a walk through this northwest side sanctuary surrounded by forest preserves, and you’ll forget you’re in a major metropolitan area. Back in 1894, the region was platted as a railroad suburb and attracted many railroad company workers, some of whom built beautiful mansions for their families. These Old Edgebrook homes are still around today. The manors sit on giant lots and embrace a variety of architectural styles, including Colonial Revival and Queen Anne. The Edgebrook Historical Society (6173 N McClellan Ave, 773-774-4651) offers a walking tour of the neighborhood that features fascinating histories of some of the time-honored residences.


The Park Is the Place

Edgebrook’s nearby forest preserves, golf courses, parks, playgrounds, and bike trail make it a nature-lover’s paradise. Residents can visit the open savanna, catch a glimpse of free-roaming deer, or take in the sweet scent of wildflowers—all in their own back yard.

Whenever the weather cooperates, locals head to their nearest park, usually just a quick walk from home. On a five-acre plot of land in the neighborhood’s south end, Edgebrook Park (6325 N Hiawatha Ave, 773-631-7461) boasts a playground, baseball diamonds, and a large open field for pick-up games of soccer, Ultimate Frisbee or touch football. For tots, the park has bitty basketball and soccer leagues, and T-ball. And, there are always a group of big kids (otherwise known as adults) playing basketball and other sports in the onsite gym. On summer evenings, it seems like everyone in the neighborhood flocks here to enjoy the City Park District’s "Movies in the Park." What better summertime treat than a picnic and a movie, all under the stars.

If you’re looking for a smaller soft-surface playground that’s ideal for younger children, check out the Green (Jeffrey S.) Playlot Park (6500 N Algonquin Ave, 773-631-7461) and the De Julio Playlot Park (6056 N Landers Ave, 312-742-7850) that are tucked in among residential streets providing a quiet and secure place for the little ones to run free.

Whether you’re an avid bicyclist or are just looking for a wonderful way to spend a nice day, hop on your bike, strap on your helmet, and catch the North Branch Bicycle Trail at Caldwell and Devon avenues. The well-groomed asphalt trail stretches twenty miles north into the suburbs, where it eventually connects to the Green Bay Bicycle Trail. The peaceful path runs along the scenic North Branch of the Chicago River with a bunch of picturesque places to stop along the way. The Skokie Lagoons, west of Winnetka, Illinois, has a launching ramp for private rowboats, sailboats, and canoes. Fishing fanatics can find bass, walleye, northern pike, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, and bullheads in the serene lagoon waters. Turn your bike ride into a mini day trip by riding the trail to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, Illinois. The Gardens are open until 9pm in the summer, and bicycle racks are conveniently located near the parking lots.

If you’d sooner spend your leisure time driving (a golf ball) rather than biking, you’re in luck. The Edgebrook area is a golfer’s dream, with not one, but two golf courses—within minutes of each other. New lush grass and recently planted trees enhance the natural beauty of Billy Caldwell Golf Course (6200 Caldwell Ave, 773-792-1930), a fun 3,029-yard nine-holer. Golfers rave about this well-groomed course’s fast fairways and greens, and its reasonable prices. The par four, 293-yard fifth hole is sure to test your skills—just make certain you clear the water! Nearby South Edgebrook neighborhood is home to the Edgebrook Golf Course (6100 N. Central Ave, 773-763-8320), also part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Though this course is relatively short, it’s quite challenging—especially its signature fifth hole, a 93-yard par three with an elevated green.

Open savanna in Chicago? Yes, you can see that and much more at the Bunker Hill Forest Preserve (6600 N Caldwell Ave). This 100-acre site also includes oak woodland and flatwoods, which are rare areas of land that have an underlying layer of clay. Bunker Hill has been designated as an Illinois Natural Areas Inventory site because of its flatwoods. The preserve also boasts an amazing variety of native wildflowers and grasses, including state-endangered mountain blue-eyed grass. Other plant life and wildlife that add beauty to this idyllic setting include young pin oaks, swamp white oaks, song sparrows, and American painted lady and swallowtail butterflies.


Edgebrook Real Estate

Well-kept single-family homes make up most of Edgebrook’s housing. Here you’ll find classic Victorians, charming bungalows, some new single-family developments, and just a smattering of apartment buildings and condominiums. Towering oaks and other trees line many of the neighborhood streets, and many homes sit on large, wooded sites. Driveways and private garages are common in Edgebrook, and many residences have their own yards—the kind you need a lawnmower for—and nicely trimmed shrubs that frame the front fašade.

The majority of Edgebrook condos and townhomes are situated along Cicero Avenue. A one-bedroom runs between $150,000 and $330,000. Another bedroom raises the price to $350,000 on the low end and $550,000 on the high end. The rest of Edgebrook is fairly residential offering many one- and two-story single-family brick homes with an average sales price around $520,000. On the higher end, the Edgebrook neighborhood has quite a few grand homes and stately mini-mansions that sit on plush, green properties with enough yard to need a professional gardener. These houses are typically valued between a million and $1.4 million.


What’s on the Menu?

Edgebrook’s eateries are casual, family-oriented neighborhood gathering places. There’s no pretense here—just no-nonsense, tasty food at fair prices.

We’ll start on Devon Avenue near Central Avenue, where several neighborhood favorites are mere steps away from each other. Moher (5310 W Devon Ave, 773-467-1954) is named for Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher, which offer a spectacular view of Galway Bay and its islands. In 2005, this Irish restaurant and pub was granted the first liquor license in Edgebrook since the area was voted dry back in the 1940s. Needless to say, the restaurant has quickly become a popular spot for a pint of Guinness and other libations. But Moher’s menu also draws in the crowds. Start off with the "boxty" for an appetizer: beef or chicken drenched in delectable gravy and wrapped in a sort of thick crepe. For your main course, a good bet is one of Moher’s daily specials. Friday’s all-you-can-eat fish and chips is sure to satisfy anyone’s hunger. Pot- pies, steaks, burgers, salads, corned beef, and other hearty options round out the menu.

In Edgebrook neighborhood you can travel from Ireland to Thailand in less than a block. Thai Elephant (5348 W Devon Ave, 773-467-1168) gets rave reviews for its huge menu of customary Thai choices like pad Thai, garlic chicken, basil chicken, tilapia pad Thai, curries, and much, much more. Our favorite appetizers are the moo ping (skewered pork with a spicy dipping sauce) and the chive dumplings. This storefront restaurant’s brightly colored walls, cozy tables and smiling wait staff make you feel like you’re a guest in a Bangkok home.

Everything about Villa Rosa Pizza and Pasta (5345 W Devon Ave, 773-774-7107) screams "neighborhood pizza place," from its red-and-white checkered tablecloths to its traditional menu crammed with dozens of pasta entrees and more than 40 fresh pizza ingredients. Is your stomach growling yet? Edgebrook neighbors claim that Villa Rosa’s thin crust pizza is among the best in Chicago. We suggest a visit to this friendly BYOB to decide for yourself.

For a trip back in time, grab a bite at Edgebrook Coffee Shop (6322 N Central Ave, 773-792-1433), a cozy vintage diner near Central and Devon avenues. We like to sit at the 1950s-inspired counter and order up one of their huge cheese-oozing omelets for breakfast, or top-notch mega-tasty hamburgers for lunch. Once you’ve finished your meal and it’s time for the check, prepare yourself for sticker shock—but not because the bill is outlandishly expensive—actually, the prices here are incredibly reasonable for the generous amount of food served. It’s a shame that this friendly throwback isn’t open for dinner, but that almost makes it even more special.


Best Shopping Stops

What do children, bargain fashion hunters, model railroad fans, and cigar smokers have in common? They can all find a specialty store to suit their interests on Devon Avenue in downtown Edgebrook’s mini-shopping district.

Thrifty moms and dads in the know stop at Cut Rate Toys (5409 W Devon Ave, 773 763-5740) for extraordinary deals on the hottest name-brand toys, including Playmobil, Lego, Fisher Price, Little Tykes, Barbie, and more. Both parents and children will be floored by the rows of transforming robots, pretty-in-pink dollies, and electronic games with "batteries required" stickers on their boxes. If you enter this store, you’ll most likely leave with a bagful of new toys - because the deals are so unbeatable you’ll simply have to take advantage of these incredible prices! For your shopping convenience, Cut Rate is open seven days a week, and parking is available right behind the store.

Next door is another shop the value-minded will appreciate. My Sister’s Closet (5413 W Devon Ave, 773-774-5050) is a resale/consignment shop specializing in women’s and children’s fashions. And we do mean fashions—we’ve found many designer names here, including some unworn treasures complete with their original price tags. Make sure you set aside a chunk of time to browse here; this store is literally crammed with inventory. Knick-knacks, jewelry, books, and shoes are also available at unbelievable prices.

The specialty store shopping spree continues one block west at Grayland Station (5514 W Devon Ave, 773-594-1906), which carries a huge stock of miniature railroad sets, model airplanes and playful memorabilia, both new and used. You’ll find model railroad names like Accurail, Classic Metal Works and Atlas alongside airplane names like AeroClassics, Blue Box and Hogan. Even if you’re not a model enthusiast, you’ll be fascinated by the array of items on display. This shop is also a good source for hard-to-find train/plane collectibles and books. Need a gift for your pipe-smoking uncle (or aunt) or cigar-smoking brother (or sister)? Head next door to Trading Post Tobacco & Cigars (5510 W Devon Ave, 773-763-8937). A Native American statue greets guests at the door, and the tobacco aroma entices fans of the sweet-smelling leaves. Whatever your tobacco needs you’ll find them here, including Bad Boys Cigars.


Mark Your Calendar

Edgebrook Summer Fest is held every August at the corner of Kinzua and Devon avenues near the Metra train station. For more information on this free festival for all ages, contact the Edgebrook Chamber of Commerce (773-775-0378). The Edgebrook Community Association also sponsors several fun holiday-themed events throughout the year, including a Fourth of July parade and picnic, Easter egg hunt, spookiest house contest for Halloween, and a holiday party with Santa Claus.


Getting Around

Commuting from Edgebrook to downtown or the northern suburbs is a breeze, whether you’re taking the train or cruising in your car.

The Metra Milwaukee District North Line provides service from Fox Lake, Illinois to Chicago’s Union Station just outside the Loop. Stops in between include Morton Grove, Glenview, Deerfield, and Gray’s Lake. The Edgebrook station (6402 N Central Avenue) has ample fee parking, and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus routes stop right at the station. Bus #84 runs east down Caldwell, Peterson, and Ridge avenues to the CTA’s Bryn Mawr Red Line train station, and bus #85A runs north to Touhy Avenue and south to the Jefferson Park CTA terminal.

The CTA also provides regular bus service on Peterson, Cicero, and Central avenues, making travel to other areas of the city quick and convenient. And if you prefer to drive, you’re in luck: the Edens Expressway (I-94) runs right through Edgebrook with an entrance ramp at Touhy Avenue.


School’s in Session

Edgebrook neighborhood’s public school boasts the highest standardized test scores of all public schools in Chicago. In addition to the following list, you can find more information on Edgebrook education facilities and Chicago area schools at Chicago Public Schools and Great Schools.

Edgebrook Public School 6525 N Hiawatha Ave (773) 534-1194
Care-A-Lot Early Learning Centers, Inc. 6441 N Central Ave (773) 763-8888


Basic Needs

We’ve compiled a sampling of some of the places you can get your bare necessities, from milk and eggs to books and stamps.


Libraries

Chicago Public Library Edgebrook Branch – 5331 W Devon Ave – (312) 744 8313


Transit

Chicago Transit Authority
(888) 968-7282


Post Office

Edgebrook Postal Store – 5424 W Devon Ave –
(847) 568-9960


Grocery Stores

Happy Foods – 6415 N Central Ave – (773) 774-4466
Whole Foods – 6020 N Cicero Ave – (773) 205-1100


Gyms

Curves – 5354 W Devon Ave – (773) 763-0563

The following are just a taste of the dining and shopping Edgebrook has to offer. Discover the rest as you explore the neighborhood for yourself.


Shopping

Archie’s Coins and Stamps – 5516 West Devon Ave – (773) 774-1433
Cut Rate Toys – 5409 W Devon Ave – (773) 763-5740
Donegal Imports – 5358 W Devon Ave – (773) 792-2377
Edgebrook Ace Hardware – 5423 W Devon Ave – (773) 775-7205
Edgebrook Cycle & Sports – 6454 N Central Ave – (773) 792-1669
Grayland Station – 5514 W Devon Ave – (773) 594-1906
Modern Jewelers – 5405 W Devon Ave – (773) 774-2544
My Sister’s Closet – 5413 W Devon Ave – (773) 774-5050
Trading Post Tobacco & Cigars – 5510 W Devon Ave – (773) 763 8937
Wireless Toyz – 6342 N Cicero Ave – (773) 725-5500


Dining

Bars/Nightlife
Moher – 5310 W Devon Ave – (773) 467 1954

Irish Cuisine
Moher – 5310 W Devon Ave – (773) 467 1954

Ice Cream Parlors
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – 5337 W Devon Ave – (773) 763-9778

Asian Cuisine
Kan’s Chop Suey – 5348 W Devon Ave – (847) 763-7272
Pampanga Restaurant – 6407 N Caldwell Ave – (773) 763-1781
Thai Elephant – 5348 W Devon Ave – (773) 467-1168

Italian Cuisine
Villa Rosa Pizza and Pasta – 5345 W Devon Ave – (773) 774-7107

Greek Cuisine
East of Edens – 6350 N Cicero Ave – (773) 545-8888
Edens Fast Food – 6045 N Cicero Ave – (773) 736-3385

Fast Food
Subway – 5410 W Devon Ave – (773) 775-5532

Coffee Shops
Edgebrook Coffee Shop – 6322 N Central Ave – (773) 792-1433
Starbucks – 5406 W Devon Ave – (773) 631 4791


Associations and Community Groups

Polish National Alliance – 6100 N Cicero Ave – (773) 286 0500
Edgebrook Chamber of Commerce – 6440 N Central Ave – (773) 775-0378
Edgebrook/Sauganash Athletic Association – PO Box 46234

Edgebrook Community Association – 5424 W Devon Ave
Edgebrook Historical Society – 6173 N. McClellan Ave – (773) 774-4651

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