West Ridge

Community Area: West Ridge

Located on the far north side of Chicago, West Ridge – also referred to as West Rogers Park or North Town – is considered one of Chicago's most diverse communities.

First settled by the Potawotami Indians in the early 17th century, German and Luxembourger farmers made their way to the area in the 1830s and 1840s and gave rise to the neighborhood of Ridgeville. The community was later annexed by the city of Chicago in 1893, although it didn't experience much growth until the 1900s. Residential development grew rapidly after World War I, as many bungalows, two-flats and apartment buildings were built in the area. Today, West Ridge is a diverse community catering to a variety of residents.

West Ridge real estate includes everything from red brick Chicago-style bungalows to two-flats, three-flats and condominiums. In 2012, the average sales price for a single-family home in West Ridge was $283,117, while the average condominium cost $67,677 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).

The neighborhood is served by the Chicago Public School District, which includes West Ridge Elementary School, Clinton Elementary School, Mather High School and many others in the area. Students also have a number of private schools within a short distance. West Ridge is easily accessible by the Edens Expressway, the CTA Red Line and the Metra's Union Pacific North Line.

With its numerous city parks, West Ridge offers a number of recreational opportunities throughout the year. The community's Indian Boundary Park features a small zoo, tennis courts, playground and duck-filled lagoon. The nearby Warren Park has almost 90 acres of parkland with a skate park, nine-hole golf course, bike path, batting cages and an outdoor ice rink during the winter. On Devon Avenue, residents and visitors will find several authentic ethnic restaurants and boutique shops. Katsu, a local sushi spot, was also recently named a winner of Zagat's prestigious Chicago Restaurants survey, in the Top Food category.






Nearby Public Transportation

CTA Rail

at Howard, Jarvis

Metra
Union Pacific North

at Rogers Park Metra



Click on the market snapshot below to view detailed market trends


Average Sales Price

$223,975

Average Days on Market

79

Sales Prices vs. List Price

97%


Data represents the community area's average over the past 12 months. All information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.




Vandalism At West Ridge Nature Preserve Has Volunteers Seeking Help  Jul 14th, 2017
Vandalism At West Ridge Nature Preserve Has Volunteers Seeking Help

"You know, it's usually pretty pictures of cute animals, but not lately," one volunteer said.

Chicago's 1st 'Cat Cafe' Opens Soon, But Is Less Grand Than First Planned  Jul 11th, 2017
Chicago's 1st 'Cat Cafe' Opens Soon, But Is Less Grand Than First Planned

The area will include coffee machines and seating for 10, with cat visits available by appointment.

A West Ridge Cultural Center? Ideas Sought For Closing Northtown Library  Jun 30th, 2017
A West Ridge Cultural Center? Ideas Sought For Closing Northtown Library

A local group is pushing for the library, which is being replaced, to be used as a community center.

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