Chicago Neighborhoods: Albany Park & North Park

Albany Park is considered one of the country’s most diverse zip codes. Its vast panorama of ethnic shops and eateries – Korean, Middle Eastern, Thai, Indian, Mexican and more – presents a unique multicultural experience to any visitor. Adjacent North Park is a stronghold of Swedish culture, and home to North Park University, founded in 1891 by the Swedish Covenant Church. Cutting through North Park is the North Branch Trail, 20 miles of walking, biking and jogging paths that run along the Chicago River in this neighborhood.

North Park and Albany Park are two neighborhoods that are similar in a couple of respects. Both are primarily residential, a mix of single-family dwellings (many of them, especially in west Albany Park, the familiar Chicago bungalows) and small to mid-size apartment buildings. And both, in terms of their appeal to visitors, can largely be appreciated by what’s on a single street in their communities.


Albany Park Theater Project/The Laura Wiley Theater

  • Theater & Dance

Exemplifying the diversity of the neighborhood, this multi-ethnic theater company gives voice to teens and young adults dealing with issues such as immigration and poverty.

5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. | 773.866.0875

Bohemian National Cemetery

  • Cemeteries

This historic cemetery was founded in 1877 by Bohemian, Moravian and Slovak immigrants. Filled with history, the cemetery features three war memorials, dozens of broken tree monuments and is the resting place of Mayor Anton Cermak. In 2006 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Free Admission | 5255 N. Pulaski Rd. | 773.539.8442

Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial

  • Museums & Zoos

This one-of-a-kind institution raises awareness of the Cambodian genocide and celebrates the renewal of Cambodian community and culture here in the United States.

2831 W. Lawrence Ave. | 773.878.7090

Gompers Park Nature Area

  • Parks & Gardens

Gompers Park on Chicago’s northwest side is home to a fishing lagoon and wetland, adjacent to the North Branch of the Chicago River.

Free Admission | 4222 W. Foster Ave. | 312.742.PLAY (7529)

Irish American Heritage Center

  • Cultural Centers,
  • Libraries,
  • Music,
  • Theater & Dance

The Irish American Heritage Center fosters the practice, study and celebration of Irish, Celtic and Irish-American cultural traditions. The IAHC houses a 650-seat theatre, an authentic Irish pub, a library, a Social Center, a museum, dance/music studios and meeting rooms.

Free Admission | 4626 N. Knox Ave. | 773.282.7035, ext. 10

North Mayfair Historic Bungalow District

  • Historical Landmarks

In 2006, the National Park Service added the North Mayfair Histoic Bungalow District to the National Register of Historic places for it’s large concentration of historic Chicago Bungalows.The recognized area is bounded by Foster Ave. on the north, Kilbourn Ave. on th east, Lawrence Ave. on the south, and Pulaski Rd. on the west.

Free Admission | W. Foster Ave. & N. Pulaski Rd.

North Park University

  • Universities & Colleges

Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Convent Church, this urban university campus has strong ties to the Swedish-American community that is prevalent in the area.

Free Admission | 3225 W. Foster Ave. | 773.244.6200

North Park Village Nature Center

  • Parks & Gardens

Located on the city’s northeast side, this site is a 46-acre nature preserve and educational facility with miles of trails and lots of wildlife.

Free Admission | 5801 N. Pulaski Rd | 312.744.5472

Peterson Park

  • Parks & Gardens

Situated on 160 acres of land originally donated as property for a tuberculosis sanitarium, today the city utilizes the buildings for activities such as gymnastics, ballet and karate classes, as well as providing outdoor facilities for baseball, basketball and tennis.

Free Admission | 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. | 312.742.7584

Ronan Park River Edge

  • Parks & Gardens

Ronan Park includes 3 acres of naturalized river edge habitat along the North Branch of the Chicago River on City’s north side. A wooded chipped path in the park parallels the river, making Ronan Park a perfect spot for bird watching or a nature walk.

Free Admission | 2900 W. Lawrence Ave. | 312.742.PLAY (7529)


Al Khyam Bakery & Grocery

  • Food Retail: Bakeries

This Middle Eastern bakery is famous for their homemade pita, but also offers treats such as baklava, as well as a fully stocked Middle Eastern grocery.

4746 N. Kedzie Ave. | 773.583.3099

Ali Baba Café

  • Middle Eastern

Serving traditional and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, Ali Baba Cafe is mostly known as a neighborhood favorite hookah bar.

4046 W. Lawrence Ave. | 773.202.1992


  • Food Retail: Grocery

Attra is a small Middle Eastern grocer supplying various imported coffees, teas, candies, spices and snacks from throughout the region.

6257 N. McCormick Rd. | 773.267.2004

Babil Kabob House

  • Middle Eastern

Babil Kabob House dishes up traditonal Middle Eastern dishes such as kabobs, schwarma and falafil.

3951 W. Lawrence Ave. | 773.463.3560

Beijo de Chocolat

  • Food Retail: Desserts

New European-style café specializing rare chocolates such as the Brazilian brigadeiro and surprising flavors like curry milk chocolate. Enjoy a coffee with one of the many freshly baked pastries.

3334 W. Foster Ave. | 773.267.0138

Big Pho

  • Vietnamese

Making a run at the title for ‘best Pho in Chicago’, Big Pho serves the traditional Vietnamese soup with several different and unique options.

3737 W. Lawrence Ave. | 773.478.8282

Chicago Kalbi

  • Korean

For a unique dining experience, head to Chicago Kalbi. This Japanese-style Korean BBQ restaurant allows you to grill and prepare meats and veggies at your table.

3752 W. Lawrence Ave. | 773.604.8183


  • Japanese

Form the owners of Chicago Kabli comes Chiyo Japanese Restaurant. The menu offers up the “real taste of Japan” with quality fresh ingredients and an extensive Sake selection.

3800 W. Lawrence Ave. | 773.267.1555

Fish Guy Market/Wellfleet

  • Seafood

One of Chicago’s few remaining fish sellers featuring a wide selection of seafood from around the world. Order a fresh fish sandwich to go or buy by the pound. Wellfleet, the BYOB prix fix Dinner takes place every Friday.

4423 N. Elston Ave. | 773.283.7400

Jaafer Sweets

  • Food Retail: Bakeries

This enticing Middle Eastern bakery specializes in traditional sweet treats including baklava and knafeh.

4825 N. Kedzie Ave. | 773.463.3933

Lalich Deli

  • Delis

Known for their excellent lean sausage called Cevapcici, this authentic Serbian deli has been in the neighborhood for many years.

4208 W. Lawrence Ave. | 773.545.3642

Marie’s Pizzeria & Liquors

  • Pizza

Family owned since 1940, this pizzeria is loved for it’s superb thin-crust pizza. Located within a liquor store, guests can select a bottle of wine from next door and have it delivered to their table.

4129 N. Kedzie Ave. | 773.725.1812

Mi Na Ri

  • Korean

Affordable, authentic Korean cuisine.

3311 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. | 773.267.3590


  • Japanese

High quality Japanese restaurant and sushi bar with traditional decor and seating.

3310 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. | 773.267.9733

Noon O Kebab

  • Persian / Iranian

This warm and inviting restaurant is a local favorite for kebabs. It’s so loved that there was even a play written about it! Don’t have time to dine in? The restaurant has recently expanded to include a take-out kitchen and delivery service.

4825 N. Kedzie Ave. | 773.279.8899

Pure Café

  • Other

This new café, bar, and lounge pairs traditional Croation dishes with other European flavors. Drop by to enjoy a fresh and tasty Lunch or to watch a European soccer match.

6251 N. McCormick Rd. | 773.463.3400


  • Middle Eastern

Affordable Lebanese with a charming and relaxing decor.

4639-41 N. Kedzie Ave. | 773.279.8900

So Gong Dong Tofu House

  • Korean

Korean tofu house known particularly for their tofu soup.

3307 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. | 773.539.8377

Ssyal Ginseng House

  • Korean

This small Korean restaurant is mostly known for their Ginseng Chicken soup and other excellent traditional and authentic dishes.

4201 W. Lawrence Ave. | 773.427.5296

Tre Kronor

  • Scandinavian

This well known Swedish restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, serving traditional pastries, quiche and herring dishes.

3258 W. Foster Ave. | 773.267.9888

Via Veneto

  • Italian

Nice Italian restaurant with live Opera on the third Friday of every month.

6340 N. Lincoln Ave. | 773.267.0888


The Sweden Shop

  • Various

The Sweden Shop merges Scandinavian tradition with contemporary design. The shop carries a wide variety of items including traditional Swedish fabrics, glogg warmers, glassware and kitchenware.

3304 W. Foster Ave. | 773.478.0327


Taste of Albany Park

  • Bus,
  • Walking

A taste of Albany Park is a taste of the world. Visit one of our nation’s most diverse zip codes with Chicago Neighborhood Tours, and and enjoy authentic ethnic cuisines at several neighborhood eateries.

77 E. Randolph St. | 312.742.1190 (TTY: 312.744.2947)


Central American Parade

  • Kid and Family Events,
  • Parades

The Central American Parade will take place on Sept. 9th on Montrose Ave. from California to Kimball.

Free Admission | 2800 W. Montrose Ave. | 773.430.4985

Ecuador Parade

  • Kid and Family Events,
  • Parades

The Ecuador Parade will take place in Albany Park and will feature a vibrant train of floats, along with Andean music and dancing from local folkloric troupes, all celebrating Ecuadorian independence.

Free Admission | 4346 N. California Ave. | 773.627.7051

Independence Park Farmers Market

  • Culinary Events,
  • Farmers Markets,
  • Kid and Family Events

Vendor offerings include fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers and baked goods.

Free Admission | 3945 N. Springfield | 312.263.3754

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