Kelvyn Park residents delight in their neighborhood's prime characteristics such as handy shopping and dining options, a location minutes from major Chicago expressways, and a popular central park that is used throughout the year. Kelvyn Park's eateries are a combination of familiar national chains and homey mom-and-pops kitchens. Sure you can get your latte at Starbucks, but the Cozy Corner Diner also brews up a good cup of joe that goes best with a stack of syrup drenched pancakes. That will do for the morning, but once the evening rolls around, people who like to go out for a nightcap will find Kelvyn Park's neighborhood taverns to be simple but suitable.
Kelvyn Park Facts
Location: About nine miles northwest of the Loop
Bordering Neighborhoods: Hermosa, Belmont Gardens, Kilbourn Park, Cragin, Logan Square
Boundaries: Belmont Avenue to the north, Milwaukee District North Line Metra tracks to the east, Fullerton Avenue to the south and Cicero Avenue to the west
Then and Now
The neighborhood of Kelyvn Park lies next door to Hermosa, Kilbourn Park and Belmont Gardens on Chicago’s northwest side. All of these areas are similar in that they have only recently been built up and revitalized—with much of the transformation taking place since the 1990s. Thanks to the locals being persistent in their volunteer work to develop and beautify the vicinity, these communities are now home to scenic parks, thriving businesses and family-friendly residents. A neighborhood with a significant Hispanic and Polish population, Kelvyn Park is rich in family values and cultural heritage.
The neighborhood’s namesake park is a peaceful two block-by-two block recreation locale, where residents enjoy open green space—perfect for summer picnics or building snowman in the winter. No matter what time of year, Kelvyn Park (4438 W. Wrightwood) is a bustling outdoor destination spot. When the weather’s right, Kelvyn Park locals show up in groups with various forms of athletic equipment to take advantage of the park’s amenities. Some grab a bat and baseball and run the bases with friends while others take to the courts to hit around the tennis ball. Maybe you’re one to get your thrill on the basketball court or try your hand at volleyball (don’t forget to bring your own ball and net). Children can play freely at the park’s playground while a gathering of parents sit on park benches, chatting amongst themselves or simply relishing the 'alone time.' The park is also equipped for day and extended camps including football, play camp, and a general sports camp. Inside Kelvyn Park’s colonial-style fieldhouse, you’ll find even more opportunities for leisure time fun with a fitness center, theater auditorium, meeting rooms, and assembly halls that can be reserved for any occasion.
Another fun-filled park in this northwest Chicago neighborhood, is Ken-Well Park (2945 N. Kenosha Ave., 773-685-3348). With more than eighteen camps and programs, you and your family can easily fill up the calendar by registering for any of the classes and activities offered year-round here. There’s community camp, day camp, play and sports camp and teen and toddler camps. Ken-Well Park also offers gymnastics, softball, a teen leadership program, and perennial maintenance classes. During summer, after the sun goes down, spread a blanket over the grass and invite some friends to join you for an outdoor viewing of family-appropriate films put on by the city’s 'Movies in the Park' series.
Kelvyn Park Real Estate
The residential areas of Kelvyn Park are edged by towering trees, modest lawns with wrought-iron fences, and relaxing front porches. Low-rise brick apartment buildings adorned with stone accents and vintage-style courtyard condominiums are some of the multi-unit homes you’ll come across here. Amid the residential streets, brick bungalows with semi-dramatic overhangs and upper-floor dormer windows sit next door to beautifully maintained neighborhood parks. Other designs include adorable brick homes with peaked roof lines, arched doorways and exterior stone ornamentation. Kelyvn Park is also comprised of many simple, one- or two-story frame homes that typically boast charming front porticos and landscaped front yards.
Amongst this living space splendor, you’ll be more than happy to know that the average sales price for a three-bedroom home is in Kelvyn Park is right around $300,000—quite reasonable for Chicago real estate. A four-bedroom prices out around $335,000, and a house with five bedrooms is valued in the mid $300,000s range. On the condominium side, prices begin at $144,000 for a one-bedroom, $230,000 for a two-bedroom and $313,000 for a three-bedroom unit.
What’s on the Menu?
Whether you are eating with family, friends, or co-workers, forget ordering in and go for dining out at Kelvyn Park’s delicious neighborhood restaurants and cafes.
For starters, skip the coffee-only breakfast and fill your belly with a stack of freshly made pancakes smothered in butter and syrup, or settle into a plate full of eggs made your way with a side of crispy hash browns at Kelvyn Park’s Cozy Corner Diner and Pancake House (4356 W. Diversey Ave., 773-777-3500). This old-school Fifties-style daytime diner serves up classic breakfast and lunch meals for ten dollars or less a person. Solo diners prefer to sit at the counter while tables accommodate larger parties. But no matter how many people you’re eating with, this place gets crowded fast, so get here early if you can.
Spice up your plate with mouth-watering Puerto Rican cuisine at Kelvyn Park’s very own Cousin’s Grill (4612 W. Diversey Ave., 773-205-7619). Your eyes will be as big as saucers when the waitress brings out a serving of delectable chulatas or the jibarito sandwich—juicy marinated pork or steak that comes with fried plantains. At Cousin’s Grill all dinner meals come with a generous portion of Puerto Rican rice or pigeon pea rice, also called arroz con gandules (for you Spanish-speakers). Another zesty dish that may sound strange, but is actually full of flavor is the morcillas, otherwise known as blood sausage, which can be sided with the grill’s unique rellenos di papa, or potato balls. Even though Cousin’s is toted as strictly a Puerto Rican-style restaurant, they do serve hamburgers and a few other American favorites like french fries and hot dogs. The atmosphere is casual in this storefront eatery and all meals are under $8—breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you’re more of a pizza or Mexican food person, you’re in luck. Although Kelvyn Park is home to many of your standard chain restaurants, you can also take advantage of the local ‘za with originals like Antino’s Pizza (4610 W. Diversey Ave., 773-427-5555) and Roberto’s Boys’ Pizza (4312 W. Diversey Ave., 773-205-7619). If your taste buds are craving something smothered in cheese, hot salsa or guacamole we recommend trying Ponce Restaurant (4312 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-486-3148) or Las Chalupas (4460 W. Diversey Ave., 773-794-9720), both Kelvyn Park fixtures for south-of-the-border fare.
Best Shopping Stops
Kelvyn Park is no Magnificent Mile, but this small northwest side Chicago neighborhood has a unique boutique or two, and a cluster of shops for the sports-minded.
Mademoiselle Inc. (4200 W. Schubert Ave., 773-394-4555) is a favorite among the accessory-seeking shoppers in Kelvyn Park neighborhood. A wholesale manufacturer and importer, this shop has an amazing stock of brightly colored scarves, hats, wraps and other fabulous accessories. Mademoiselle also sells designer inspired handbags—practically a necessity to the truly trendy city girl—and all merchandise has been hand selected by buyers who spend their days scouring the globe over for rare fashion accoutrements and original items.
Go sporty and search the finds at Kelvyn Park’s Marathon Sports of Chicago (4313 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-384-7777). Bursting with brand name athletic wear and equipment, this place is a dream for both amateur athletes and well-seasoned pros. The staff here at Marathon is extremely pleasant and knowledgeable, and is always at hand to answer any questions or assist you with sizing. Deemed one of the best stores around for soccer players’ needs, it almost makes you want to yell 'GOAL!' for the first three seconds upon entering. Whether you are a marathon runner, bike-rider or are just looking to pick up a team jersey, Marathon Sports is the place to help you get suited up for your sport of choice. When we’re on an athletic gear shopping kick, we hit all the bases with a visit to Victor’s Sportswear (4324 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-862-1234) and New Image Sportswear (2407 N. Cicero Ave., 773-227-9400)—both right here in the neighborhood and just minutes from each other.
Night on the Town
After a tough day at work, or when you’re looking to add some pizzazz to your weekend, make a trip to one of Kelvyn Park’s neighborhood watering holes.
Two such places to relax a bit and meet—or make—friends are Frank and Rose Tavern (4502 W. Belmont Ave., 773-685-7574) and Frank’s Pub (3049 N. Cicero Ave., 773- 685-5971). Both bars have simple atmospheres with a touch of local flavor. But we think the best part about these Kelvyn Park nightspots is they are casual hangouts where you won’t have to fight over seating or worry about wearing dress shoes and a jacket to get in. And both Frank’s places are guaranteed to serve up your favorite drink, the way you like it—whether it’s an ice-cold frothy brew, or a dry martini, shaken—not stirred.
Sometimes we’re in a hurry, and at other times we have all the time in the world. Whatever the given situation, getting around, to, and from Kelvyn Park is quick and easy for travelers—no matter what your means of transportation.
If you don’t have a car, not to worry, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will get you there by bus or train. For just $2 a ride, the Blue Line train (also called the 'El' for its sections of elevated track) is the closest subway line that makes stops near Kelvyn Park at California Avenue, Logan Square, Belmont and Addison streets. But even if that line doesn’t take you directly where you need to go, rest assured that you can transfer from the Blue Line (which goes from O’Hare International Airport to Forest Park and back) to other 'El' train lines for no additional charge. Also a part of the CTA public transportation system, a handful of buses travel right through Kelvyn Park, hitting all major destinations and also charging just $2 a ride. Both bus #54 and its express route travel north/south between Montrose Avenue and 25th Place. And bus #53 makes frequent stops between Petersen Avenue and 31st Street.
The Milwaukee District North Line of the Metra Rail (Chicago’s commuter train system) also travels right through Kelvyn Park and makes stops at the Healy Avenue station and the nearby Gray Land stop. While the CTA is mostly a city train, the Metra Rail travels within the city and beyond to outlying suburbs, and is also handicap accessible.
If public transportation isn’t necessary because you like to tough it out by driving, be sure your vehicle is registered and you have your city sticker posted in the window. You can find out how to purchase a sticker and how to help get your guests a parking pass by contacting City Hall (121 N. LaSalle Room #107, 312-744-6861) or the local Chicago Department of Revenue Substation (2550 W. Addison St.). Substation hours are Monday 8am to 5pm, Tuesday – Friday 8am to 6:30am, and Saturday 8am to 3:30pm.
School’s in Session
When the bell rings, your kids will be happy to take their seats in a classroom at one of these top-notch education facilities. You can find more information on Kelvyn Park schools and other Chicago area schools at our Chicago Guide Schools page.
A-Caring World Child Development Center – 4310 W. Fullerton Ave. – (773) 489-4545
Barry Elementary School – 2828 N. Kilbourn Ave. – (773) 534-3455
Kelvyn Park High School – 4343 W. Wrightwood Ave. – (773) 534-4200
25th District YouthNet The Gap Center – 2100 N. Kildare – (773) 328-8905
We’ve compiled a sampling of some of the places you can get your bare necessities in Kelvyn Park, from Band-Aids to Bisquick.
North Pulaski Branch Library – 4300 W. North Ave. – (312) 744-9573 or (312) 744-6281
Chicago Transit Authority – (888) 968-7282
Kostner Diversey Currency – 4400 W. Diversey Ave. – (773) 489-1552
Parks and Recreation
Kelvyn Park – 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave. – (312) 742-7547
Ken-Well Park – 2945 N. Kenosha Ave. – (773) 685-3348)
Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons – 4701 W. Belmont Ave.
Walgreen’s – 4745 W. Belmont Ave. – (773) 481-0211
Walgreen’s – 4800 W. Fullerton Ave. – (773) 889-7411
Aldi – 4645 W. Diversey Ave.
Best Wear – 4608 W. Diversey Ave. – (773) 283-3355
Discovery – 4630 W. Diversey Ave. – (773) 777-9802
Mademoiselle Inc. – 4200 W. Schubert Ave. – (773) 394-4555
Unique Thrift Store – 4441 W. Diversey Ave. – (773) 227-2282
Marathon Sports of Chicago – 4313 W. Fullerton Ave. – (773) 384-7777
Victor’s Sportswear – 4324 W. Fullerton Ave. – (773) 862-1234
New Image Sportswear – 2407 N. Cicero Ave. – (773) 227-9400
Cozy Corner Diner and Pancake House – 4356 W. Diversey Ave. – (773) 777-3500
Ponce Restaurant – 4312 W. Fullerton Ave. – (773) 486-3148
Super Pollo Restaurant – 4614 W. Diversey Ave. – (773) 725-0700
Las Chalupas – 4460 W. Diversey Ave. – (773) 794-9720
Taqueria Lolita – 4413 W. Fullerton Ave. – (773) 384-3935
Sunkong Chinese and American Food – 4701 W. Diversey Ave. – (773)-278-5628
Puerto Rican Cuisine
Cuchilandia Restaurant – 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave. – (773)-742-7547
Cousin’s Grill – 4612 W. Diversey Ave. 773-205-7619
Antino’s Pizza – 4610 W. Diversey Ave. – (773) 427-5555
Domino’s Pizza – 4608 W. Fullerton Ave. – (773) 772-9000
Roberto’s Boys’ Pizza – 4312 W. Diversey Ave. – (773) 205-7619
Bravo’s Pizza – 4419 W. Fullerton Ave. – (773)-328-7216
Starbucks – 2901 N. Cicero Ave.
Frank and Rose Tavern – 4502 W. Belmont Ave. – (773) 685-7574
Frank’s Pub – 3049 N. Cicero Ave. – (773) 685-5971
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