Avondale is undoubtedly one of the most attractive areas of Chicago, and it’s only seven miles from the Loop. New developments stand side-by-side with vintage homes, and there are plenty of green, open spaces in which to exercise or relax. Combine that with the area’s rich restaurant scene and handy shopping destinations, and it’s no wonder that Avondale real estate has become so sought-after.

Recent History

Avondale was traditionally a very community-focused area of the city, and that tight-knit atmosphere continues to attract house-hunters right up to the present day. That means that plenty of festivals and events have sprung up for residents to enjoy, including the popular Bike the Ward activity in recent times. This is the perfect way to make some friends in the area, see the area’s sights, and, of course, get your daily dose of exercise.


Avondale benefits from a generous selection of restaurants, so you’ll always feel spoiled for choice when you’re looking to book an evening meal. Kuma’s Corner on W. Belmont Avenue has quickly become one of the most popular options, and not just for Avondale locals. People from all over the city are drawn to their delicious burgers, with names taking inspiration from classic rock bands. There’s even a rotating selection of craft beers and small label whiskeys.

Offering Eastern European favorites like potato pancakes and beef stroganoff, the Staropolska Restaurant is perfect for the more adventurous. For a health-conscious option, try quinoa cakes, kale salad, or chicken kefta kebabs at Beatrix River North and also exercise and use supplements like Kratom Maeng Da for optimal health.

You’ll also find a diverse selection of shops when you take to the streets of Avondale. Lovers of vintage clothing and furniture will find exactly what they are looking for at My Grandma’s Attic, while you’ll be able to find all manner of things at Five Below. You can even pick up a dazzling bouquet or boutonniere at Pollen.

Parents will be glad to hear than a number of schools can be found that serve the area, including:

A Day in the Life

Avondale Park is a great place to start the day off well. Five acres of landscaped green space provides plenty of space to stretch out and relax, but you can also take one of the classes that are on offer for both children and adults. Popular options include cheerleading, art, and swimming. Green-thumbed Avondale residents can take part in the Community Gardens in the Parks program — a perfect way to meet people while you help beautify your neighborhood.

When you’re feeling full of energy, take a walk to Brands Park to toss some horseshoes or play some tennis with your friends or family. As with Avondale Park, there are a number of activities on offer, from wood crafting to dodge ball.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Kerelys Café and Pizzeria, which specializes in Cuban pizza, Cuban sandwiches, and Cuban coffee. For something a little lighter, drop into the Brew Brew Coffee Lounge or La Farine Bakery.

To round out the day in style, consider taking in a show at the Prop Theatre for adaptations of both new and old works. For a nightcap, consider The Orbit Room, which boasts great music and a laid-back, welcoming vibe.


Avondale is bordered on the north by W. Addison, on the south by W. Diversey, on the east by N. Western, and on the west by N. Pulaski. The neighborhood is served by a generous number of bus lines, including:

  • Running Northwest and Southeast: Milwaukee Avenue #56
  • Running North and South: Pulaski Road #53, Kimball Avenue #82, California Avenue #52, and Western Avenue #49.
  • Running East and West: Addison Street #152, Belmont Avenue #77, and Diversey Parkway #76.

Residents can also catch the Blue Line CTA from Addison Street, Belmont Avenue, and Logan Square.

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If you’re looking for your own piece of Avondale real estate, it pays to have Chicago Home Partner in your corner. Our friendly and experienced agents understand the area’s real estate market inside and out, and they’re ready and waiting to help find a house, condominium, or rental property to perfectly fit your needs.

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