North Austin Apartments in Chicago

The neighborhood of North Austin, on Chicago's far Northwest Side is big in every way. The largest and most populated neighborhood in the city, Austin provides residents with a number of housing, dining and recreational activities on top of easy transportation to the city and suburbs.

Location and Population

North Austin is located roughly 8 miles west of downtown Chicago and is home to over 117,000 residents living in Austin apts. It is bordered to the west and south by the towns of Oak Park and Cicero and to the east and north by the Chicago neighborhoods of Belmont-Cragin, Hermosa and Humboldt Park. The neighborhood is demarcated by the Milwaukee District/West Line, Roosevelt Road, Cicero Avenue and Austin Boulevard. Apartments in North Austin usually fall under one of the following ZIP codes: 60644, 60635, 60639, 60651 or 60707. At 7.2 square miles, North Austin is the largest of Chicago's 77 designated community areas.

Transportation

The large area and population of residents that call housing in North Austin home, requires an equal amount of transportation options. The I-290 Eisenhower Expressway runs along the south side of the neighborhood, connecting residents to downtown Chicago and the western suburbs. The Chicago Transit Authority runs several bus routes through the area serving North Austin housing. These are often linked to routes in neighboring Oak Park and include:

  • #77 along North Avenue (connections at Austin, Cicero, Laramie and Central Avenues)
  • #70 along Division Street (connections at Austin, Cicero, Laramie and Central Avenues)
  • #66 along Chicago Avenue (connections at Austin, Cicero, Laramie and Central Avenues)
  • #20 along Madison Avenue (connections at Austin, Cicero, Laramie and Central Avenues)
  • #85 along Central Avenue (with transfer to the Central Green Line stop)
  • #57 along Laramie Avenue (with transfer to the Laramie Green Line stop)
  • #54 along Cicero Avenue (with transfer to the Cicero Green Line stop)

 

North Austin apartments and residents are closely connected to the CTA'?s Green Line Harlem/Lake branch, which includes the following major stops in the neighborhood:

  • Austin Green Line
  • Central Green Line
  • Laramie Green Line
  • Cicero Green Line

 

Community and Living Opportunities

North Austin is comprised of several small neighborhoods within a neighborhood, including Midway Park, The Island and Galewood. Its far west location means it's more independent from the rest of Chicago and, in fact, many residents who live in North Austin apts tend to rely on Oak Park and Cicero for their shopping and recreational activities. A number of green areas are available to residents, including Levin Park, Austin Town Hall Park (built around the old Cicero Town Hall), Kinzie Parkway Park and Austin Park. As part of the Chicago Public School District, families that live in housing in North Austin would send their children to the following schools, among others:

  • St. Angela Elementary
  • Douglass Academy High School
  • Voise Academy High School
  • Austin Polytechnic Academy
  • Austin Bus & Entrepreneurship High School

 

Shopping and Nightlife

Much of the shopping available to residents of North Austin apts can be found along the major routes of Lake Street, Madison Street or Austin Boulevard. Many residents might shop in nearby Oak Park or Cicero for more options and to avoid city taxes. Dining opportunities abound in North Austin as well as in the nearby towns and neighborhoods. Highlights include:

  • Mac Arthur's Restaurant (5412 W. Madison)
  • Dino's Pizza & Fast Food (132 Madison)
  • Nick's Pizza and Beef (330 Madison)
  • Barney's Pizza (5648 W. Chicago Ave)
  • Maya Del Sol (144 S. Oak Park)
  • Grape Leaves (129 S. Oak Park)

 

History

The area of North Austin was first founded by businessman Henry W. Austin in 1865, when he purchased a large tract of land, originally called Holden Park. In these early days, the neighborhood was part of Cicero Township and, in fact, the town of Cicero moved its town hall to the area (located at present-day Austin Town Hall Park) in 1870. In 1898, residents living in (now) North Austin apartments voted for the neighborhood to be annexed by nearby Chicago. These days, the neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures and draws influence from both northwest Chicago and the towns it borders. The area is filled with affordable apartments and quality housing. Local housing options can fit any budget, whether you're looking for apts under 600 dollars, apartments under 800 dollars or apartments under 1000 dollars.

More Information

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