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JimInLoganSquare wrote:When I first moved to Chicago in 1991, I lived in Old Irving Park. Wow! I would never have recommended that neighborhood to ANYBODY at that time (other than Sabatino's). What a boring, dirty, rundown and dead, dead, dead neighborhood that was 15 years ago. I absolutely hated living there, and was in fact overjoyed to move into a modern, elevator apartment in Glenview that same year. I paid about $400 for a very spacious 1-bedroom apartment in the building at Irving and Kildare. I drive down that block now and see an Irish pub, a Starbucks; it's really quite remarkable. Guess I shoulda bought one of those old Victorians off Irving, huh?
"Tri-Taylor" is a clunky name no doubt coined by a realtor, designating the triangle formed by Western, the Eisenhower, and Ogden, anchored by the commercial strip of Taylor west of the hospital complex. It used to be nearly all Italian and there are still some bakeries and pizzerias and old time residents from those days. There's also a longstanding Mexican presence: our next-door neighbors from Monterrey have lived in their house since the early 50's. Our block is mostly Mexican, other nearby blocks are more African American, and scattered throughout are medical residents and students renting places convenient to the hospitals.
We are on Claremont, tree-lined and amazingly quiet for being 1 block east of Western and three blocks south of the expressway, in a rowhouse built in 1886. The whole area is officially a historic neighborhood district; it hasn't yet been yuppified (no Starbucks! no ATMs!) despite its proximity to a Blue Line stop. West of Western and along Congress there's a lot of new construction, making that area (so-called "Tri-Taylor West") much less forbidding.
Claremont, Oakley, Bell, and Bowler are all nice streets for a stroll -- don't miss the funny little cottages on Claremont between Taylor and Grenshaw. If you see a couple with a 4 year old who is requesting pizza with "little dead fishies", that's probably us.
walking distance to one of Chicago's best libraries (Sulzer has over 600,000 volumes)
to hole-in-the-wall Ricochet's
My rent is extremely reasonable - $750/mo
JoelF wrote:It's hardly a mecca for good or cheap eats.
JoelF wrote:The busiest place in the neighborhood is Dick's River Roadhouse, on River just south of Kensington -- its parking lot overflows every weekend. They serve very cheap food my contractor is enamored of: $1 burgers at lunch time, for instance, with $1 beers (it may explain why I don't see him much after lunch). I haven't been yet, but I keep meaning to.
LAZ wrote:Even the chains are the second-rate ones...Lou Malnati's carryout next to downtown PH. We go over to Wheeling to patronize Edwardo's. There's a decent Vienna hot dog stand called Peep's on Rand Road.