Albany Park, Greater Chicago Area
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Albany Park is located in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It is one of 77 well-defined community areas, situated on the Northwest Side of the city. The community is situated about eight miles northwest of the Loop, and is surrounded on all sides by parkland. The official community of Albany Park is bounded by Foster Avenue and the North Branch of the Chicago River on the north, Montrose Avenue on the south, Elston Avenue on the southwest, and the North Branch of the Chicago River on the east. It is in Jefferson Township. The Albany Park neighborhood is one of the most ethnically diverse in the United States with a high percentage of foreign-born residents. Over 40 languages are spoken in the neighborhoods public schools. Residents have come from Mexico, Guatemala, India, Philippines, Ecuador, and Bosnia, just to name a few.
Albany Park offers boutique shopping and a large selection of restaurants. The majority of Korean shops in Albany Park can be found on Lawrence Avenue, a section of which has been officially nicknamed by the city of Chicago as ‘Seoul Drive’ because of the multitude of Korean-owned enterprises on the street. Area businesses include Kindred Hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Aldi Foods, Harvestime Foods, and Le Ballet Petit School. There are many areas in Albany Park that offer serviced offices to let.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Albany Park has dozens of parks, recreation facilities and small green spaces along neighborhood streets. Examples include the 12-acre Eugene Field Park which features cultural arts, tennis courts, and a playground and spray pool, as well as baseball, soccer, and football fields. Jensen Park, Buckeye Park and Kiwanis Park are mini green refuges situated in the center of residential neighborhoods. With a mixture of traditional American coffee shops, a large number of Korean restaurants, Middle Eastern options, and a great selection of Mexican food choices, Albany Park offers something for every palate. A few choices include Sabroso Grill, Murph’s Hot Dogs, Great Sea Chinese Restaurant and Angelo’s Pizza.
The nearest major airport to Albany Park is Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW/KMDW). This airport has international and domestic flights and is 9 miles from the center of Chicago, IL. Another major airport in the area is Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD/KORD), which has international and domestic flights and is 19 miles from Albany Park. Public transportation in Albany Park is served by the Chicago Transit Authority’s Ravenswood Brown Line which terminates at Lawrence and Kimball Avenues. Albany Park is accessible through the Kimball, Kedzie and Francisco stations of the Brown Line, the Montrose CTA Blue Line Station, as well as by the Edens expressway (Interstate 94).