Get to Know North Center
North Center is a large community with many comfortable and convenient neighborhoods that are just a mile or so from the lakefront and an easy commute to downtown. Surrounded by Diversey, Ravenswood, Montrose and the Chicago River, the neighborhoods in North Center tend to have large parks and tree-lined streets, plus all the amenities that make city life satisfying.
What to do in North Center
North Center's pocket neighborhoods have their own distinct character with shopping areas that feature charming boutiques, delis, bakeries and coffee shops. Its neighborhoods include St. Ben's, Roscoe Village and West Lakeview.
The geographic center of the community is the 6-corner intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road and Damen Avenue. It's an area that is proud of its families and has both good schools and economic stability. The community has an abundance of small businesses that keep it an active, vibrant area during day. For entertainment, residents can choose from a large selection excellent restaurants, pubs, summer festivals, music venues, bowling alleys, and theaters.
The Chicago River runs through North Center and provides many picturesque views and parks, with many sporting and recreational activities.
The CTA's Brown Line goes downtown and has stops at Addison, Irving Park and Montrose. Buses run on most of the major streets.
North Center's Distinctive Housing
St. Ben's is a popular, well-established community that is characterized by brick two-flats and frame single-family homes. Roscoe Village, with its small-town feel, has older single-family homes, renovated (and un-renovated) two- and three-flats, newer townhomes and loft conversions.