Avondale

The Neighborhood Of Avondale

At first glance, Avondale, a low-key, working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s Northwest side, has the patina of Old World Europe. Aromas from the neighborhood’s many sausage-makers fill the air. Residents sit outside on their stoops or lean out second-floor windows, watching the traffic go by. Music in foreign languages is heard everywhere.

For years a largely Polish enclave, Avondale has retained that character but has doubled its Hispanic population. As a result, taquerias on Milwaukee Avenue now mix with the Polish shops, bookstores, and restaurants, many of which still have menus in Polish.

But the neighborhood is not without its problems, particularly on the southern end. Avondale’s boundaries include Addison Street on the north, Diversey Parkway on the south, the North Branch of the Chicago River on the east, and the Milwaukee Road tracks north to Belmont Avenue and over to Pulaski Road on the west.

The neighborhood dates its beginnings to the development of nearby railroads and Milwaukee Avenue, which was once an old Indian trail. In 1848 Milwaukee Avenue was planked so that farmers in the area could better transport produce to market, a move that had limited success. The planks often warped or broke or were carved up for firewood in winter. By 1890 the city resurfaced the road.

Factories and brickyards that sprang up by the railroads were responsible for the initial wave of immigrants, mostly Germans, Scandinavians and Poles. By 1930 Polish residents accounted for 33 percent of the population. Even today foreign-born residents remain an important force in the neighborhood, numbering 39% of the 35,579 residents, (according to the 1990 Census).

Schools:

School Address Phone Grade
Avondale School 2945 N Sawyer Ave Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5242 Elementary Schools
Barry Elementary School 2828 N Kilbourn Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3455 Elementary Schools
Belding Elementary School 4257 N Tripp Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3590 Elementary Schools
Bell Elementary School 3730 N Oakley Ave Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5150 Elementary Schools
Carl Von Linne School Branch 3318 N Whipple St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5218 Elementary Schools
Coonley Elementary School 4046 N Leavitt St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5140 Elementary Schools
Frank W Reilly School 3650 W School St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5250 Elementary Schools
George Schneider School 2957 N Hoyne Ave Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5510 Elementary Schools
Grover Cleveland School 3121 W Byron St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5130 Elementary Schools
John B Murphy School 3539 W Grace St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5223 Elementary Schools
John J Audubon Elementary Schl 3500 N Hoyne Ave Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5470 Elementary Schools
Lane Tech Band 2501 W Addison St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 929-0215 Elementary Schools
Laughlin Falconer School 3020 N Lamon Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3560 Elementary Schools
Linne Elementary School 3221 N Sacramento Ave Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5262 Elementary Schools
Newton Bateman School 4220 N Richmond St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5055 Elementary Schools
North Park Elementary School 2017 W Montrose Ave Chicago IL 60618 (773) 583-3144 Elementary Schools
Patrick Henry School 4250 N Saint Louis Ave Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5060 Elementary Schools
Portage Park Elementary School 5330 W Berteau Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3576 Elementary Schools
Scammon Elementary School 4201 W Henderson St Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3475 Elementary Schools
William P Gray Schools 3730 N Laramie Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3520 Elementary Schools
Foreman High School 3235 N Leclaire Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3400 High Schools
Foreman High School 3235 N Leclaire Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3400 High Schools
Gordon Technical High School 3633 N California Ave Chicago IL 60618 (773) 539-3600 High Schools
Jacqueline Vaughn High School 4355 N Linder Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3600 High Schools
Lane Tech Band 2501 W Addison St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 929-0215 High Schools
Schurz High School 3601 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3420 High Schools
Weber High School 3633 N California Ave # 901 Chicago IL 60618 (773) 637-7500 High Schools
William P Gray Upper Grade 3730 N Laramie Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3550 High Schools
Frank W Reilly School 3650 W School St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5250 Middle Schools
George Schneider School 2957 N Hoyne Ave Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5510 Middle Schools
Grover Cleveland School 3121 W Byron St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5130 Middle Schools
Irving Park Middle School 3815 N Kedvale Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3750 Middle Schools
Logandale Middle School 3212 W George St Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5350 Middle Schools
Thurgood Marshall Middle Schl 3900 N Lawndale Ave Chicago IL 60618 (773) 534-5200 Middle Schools
William P Gray Schools 3730 N Laramie Ave Chicago IL 60641 (773) 534-3520 Middle Schools

Important Information For Avondale:

City of Chicago Vehicle Stickers

All Chicago residents driving, parking, leasing and/or owning a vehicle for which they are responsible in the City of Chicago are subject to the Chicago Wheel Tax and must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. This includes Chicago residents that maintain their registration outside of the City of Chicago, but use the vehicle in the City. We want motorists to avoid costly tickets: You must purchase a Chicago Vehicle Sticker within 30 days of residing in the City or acquiring a new vehicle to avoid late fees and fines.

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Residential Parking Permits

Chicago’s Residential Parking Permit program is designed to restrict parking on designated residential streets during specified hours, except for the residents of that street, guests of the residents or those who provide a service to the residents. This program helps to ensure that residents of densely populated areas have reasonable access to parking near their residences. Cars parked in violation of this ordinance are ticketed.

The City of Chicago does not mess around. The city has a dillignet parking patrol staff that will ticket you if you are in a spot where a permit you don’t have is required. All spots that require permits are marked with white street signs. Please look out for them!

For more information, contact the city clerk at 312-744-6861 or email info@chicityclerk.com. We also recommend that you ask your Real Estate Agent, Leasing Agent, or Land Lord about parking permit requirements in your area.