Understanding Albany Park: A History

Located 8 miles from The Loop on the Northwest Side, Albany Park is a diverse and vibrant neighborhood with a tight-knit community and welcoming attitude. Featuring a business district characterized by one local as an “authentic Epcot”, the area’s shops and eateries reflect its national and ethnic mix. Residents enjoy top-rated schools, abundant parkland, and easy access to all of Chicago with the CTA Brown and Blue Lines and the Edens Expressway.

Before incorporation into Chicago in 1889, the now-Albany Park was a stretch of farmland along the winding Chicago River. City dwellers would venture north to watch horse racing and relax in the tranquil riverside setting. In the 1880s, Chicago’s exploding population fueled the popularity of the area, eventually attracting moneyed developers. One of these developers, DeLancy Louderback, named the area for his hometown of Albany, New York. More...

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