Jefferson Park on the Northwest side has long been one of Chicago’s transportation hubs and is known for being a family-friendly community. Named for Thomas Jefferson, the area has been an important crossroads for Native Americans as well as later farmers and merchants using plank roads to buy and sell in the city. Later, railroad and streetcar lines brought waves of immigrants to settle here.
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Today, the neighborhood is a busy hub with the Kennedy Expressway slicing through and the major Jefferson Park Transit Center, which serves the CTA, RTA, and Metra systems; it’s fast and easy to get anywhere.
Jefferson Park features plentiful public park space and wooded areas, which offer many recreational opportunities. The community boasts family-owned restaurants and friendly bars. Housing in Jefferson Park is predominantly a mix of bungalows and single-family wood-frame homes, but new construction has added condos and townhomes. Originally home to a large portion of Chicago’s Polish population, the neighborhood has more recently seen an influx of city dwellers seeking an alternative to the suburbs.
With its tree-lined streets and relatively affordable housing, Jefferson Park offers a pleasant compromise between city and suburban living.