Get to Know Old Irving
Northwest of downtown Chicago, just west of the Kennedy Expressway (routes 90/94), is Old Irving, a large community bursting with single-family homes. The area is undergoing a renewed phase of redevelopment as urbanites are realizing the affordability, convenience and beauty of the area.
With thoroughfares that include Addison, Montrose, Cicero and Milwaukee avenues, Old Irving is an expansive area with many different types of neighborhoods. Smaller neighborhoods within Old Irving include parts of Albany Park, Avondale, Irving Park, Old Irving Park and the Villa Historic District.
What to do in Old Irving
A proud community, the Irving Park Historical Society holds an annual housewalk to showcase the area's architecturally significant homes, including many fine examples of the Prairie School.
The Villa Historic District has over 120 architecturally significant bungalows alone. The houses and estates throughout the area are some of Chicago's largest and loveliest.
Old Irving boasts many smaller shopping districts, each with its own flavor of delis, bakeries, pubs, independent businesses and retail shops. A quiet area, it has many thriving gardens that provide a nice background for raising families. It is known for its historic homes, convenient shopping areas, rehabbed buildings, fun bars and restaurants.
Old Irving's neighborhoods have an excellent number of transportation options. Union Pacific trains stop on Avondale and there is CTA bus service on Cicero, Montrose and Irving Park Road. The Kennedy Expressway and the CTA's Blue Line also run right through the middle of the neighborhood.
Old Irving's Distinctive Housing
This is an area where Victorian homes co-exist with apartment buildings and bungalows.
Old Irving features many architectural wonders with Queen Anne, Victorian and Italianate homes; vintage farmhouses and elegant bungalows. Many are in various stages of renovation or preservation.