West Garfield Park

West Garfield Park on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois, is one of 77 officially designated Chicago community areas. It is directly west of Garfield Park. Since being settled by Scandinavian and Irish immigrants in 1870s, West Garfield Park has become a working-class neighborhood on the rise. Its convenience to downtown has attracted the interest of business owners and residential developers, but as of now, the up-and-coming West Garfield Park is still an affordable option for first-time homebuyers, young working singles, and families alike. Gradual modernization of housing is slowly giving this classic neighborhood a contemporary face-lift, although the majority of properties here are of the vintage persuasion, rather than new design. West Garfield Park is also embellished with a healthy assemblage of retailers and restaurateurs, not to mention a large number of educational academies that include a specialized charter school and college-level institution.

West Garfield Park is a modest neighborhood where a complex history meets a hopeful future. Streets are calmer and easier to park on than other Chicago neighborhoods, and a flood of rehabbing has started in East Garfield Park that is beginning to trickle into its western counterpart as well. The modernization is slowly adding a contemporary face-lift to this classic neighborhood. With its proximity to the Garfield Park Conservatory, convenient forms of transportation, and a short commute to the city, West Garfield Park is a neighborhood on the rise for young adults and families just starting out. Pest Control Chicago

Originally named Central Park but renamed in 1881 after President Garfield was assassinated, West Garfield Park has modest yet mildly sordid roots. Intrigued? Well then, read on. West Garfield Park started out as simply a place folks traveled through—a turnstile on the way to Chicago or from the city to get somewhere else. Other than that, no one gave much notice to the area itself as a potential setting for anything more than a trail to other destinations. That was the case until Scandinavian and Irish immigrants built up the community between 1873 and the mid-1880s as a mostly residential, quiet village to raise their families. Though it was a family-first neighborhood, the fun came in as a close second.

Restaurants and Pubs

  • The Original Maxwell Street is located at 3801 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL
  • Raymond’s Tacos is located at 283 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL
  • Lakeside Bar is located at 3500 W Lake St, Chicago, IL
  • Innertown Pub is located at 1935 W Thomas St, Chicago, IL


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