Belmont Cragin Neighborhood
Belmont Cragin is a Chicago neighborhood with a rich and diverse history thanks
to its substantial immigrant population. The area is known for its convenient location and attractive, affordable housing.
By day, residents enjoy the beautiful Riis Park playgrounds, trails, and walkable city streets. By night, the party life flourishes
in Belmont Cragin’s bars and dance clubs.
Belmont Cragin is located
on the west side of Chicago, 8 miles northwest of the Loop. It is bordered by Austin on the south, Galewood on the southwest,
Montclaire on the west, Dunning on the northwest, Portage Park to the north, Irving Park to the northeast, and Hermosa to
With over 40% of its houses dating before 1939, Belmont Cragin offers many
historical and unique properties for homebuyers.
Belmont Cragin originated from a saloon called Whiskey point
Population (2000)- Total 78,144
Density 19,842.4/sq mi (7,661.2/km2)
Median income $43,159
grew its roots around 1835 when George Merril began operating a saloon out of his home at Armitage and Grand Avenue. The saloon
became very popular among produce trucks transporting goods into the city and was known as Whiskey Point. in 1882, Cragin
Brothers and Company moved their tin and sheet iron processing company near Whiskey Point. The 11-acre factory was so expansive
that Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad built a station at Leclaire to service its employees. Thus, industry boomed,
the population rose, and the town of Cragin was born.
The neighborhood attracted an influx of immigrants in 1922
when W. F. Hall Printing Company built its plant near the railroad line. Swedish, German, and Irish workers flocked to
the area and were later followed by Polish and Italian workers. Even today, Cragin maintains a rich and diverse environment
true to its immigrant heritage.
Popular Belmont Cragin home
styles include bungalows, Cape Cods, and two-flats.
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The Milwaukee District Metra line offers convenient stops at Hanson Park and Grand/Cicero. The CTA Blue Line offers a Belmont Blue Line stop, and CTA bus route 21 also offers stops in Cragin.
North Avenue and Grand Avenue provide easy driving access to the Chicago Loop and the suburbs.
is served by District 299.
Laughlin Falconer School- 3020 North Lamon Avenue (773) 534-3560
Belmont Cragin School- 2456 North Mango Avenue (773) 534-2900
Mary Lyon School- 2941 North McVicker Avenue
Foreman High School- 3235 North Leclaire Avenue (773) 534-3400
St. Patrick High School- 5900 West Belmont
Avenue (773) 282-8844
Notre Dame High School- 3000 North Mango Avenue (773) 622-9494
is a hot spot for Chicago nightlife! From classic bars to corner pubs to all-night dance clubs, residents have many options
for evening entertainment.
New Polonia Club Inc. on 6101 West Belmont Avenue (773) 237-8330 is a friendly Eastern
European-style corner bar. New Polonia offers a wide selection of top-notch Polish and Czech brews as well as hearty pierogi
If you love cheap drinks, dancing, throbbing music, and the fog machine, Jedynka Club on 5616 West Diversey Avenue (773) 889-7171 is the ideal night-spot! The club is beloved
by locals for its Ladies Night, purportedly one of the hottest in town. Jedynka also offers a popular Retro Dance Night every
Converted from a rundown old bowling alley, Martini Club on 3124 North Central Avenue (773) 622-9444 is now one of Chicago’s boldest nightclubs.
With its high-hammered ceiling and sexy reddish lighting, Martini Club’s atmosphere is true to its European club roots.
The club offers a dancing and delicious food long into the night.
Theater (2707 North Laramie Avenue, 773-637-5899) was established in 1999 by performers from Truman
College and other locations. The theater is committed to promoting the works of Spanish and Latin American playwrights
such as Mario Vargas Llosa and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.
With its substantial
Hispanic and Eastern European populations, Belmont Cragin is an excellent neighborhood for ethnic dining. The area features
numerous fine offerings in a variety of price ranges.
Rolf’s Patisserie (2634 North Laramie
Avenue, 773-804-0400) is a chic European-style bakery with incredible pastries. Locals especially recommend the key lime tarts
and butter cookies. Rolf’s is also the go-to place for special cakes and catering. In fact, they recently created a
beautiful cake for an Oprah show on weddings and catered the wedding of Winfrey’s producer!
D’Cuba (5653 West Fullerton Avenue, 773-237-0900) is classy but cozy restaurant that serves
authentic Cuban cuisine. In addition to delicious empanadas and perfectly seasoned seafood, D’Cuba offers great Cuban
music and a welcoming atmosphere.
For a cheap, home-style meal that sticks to the ribs, it’s hard to beat
Starapolska Restaurant (5249 West Belmont Avenue, 773- 736-5386). Customers can fill their plate for a mere
$4.95! The Polish-style buffet includes mouth-watering pierogis, potato pancakes, and stuffed cabbage. Diners on the run can
purchase Strarpolska’s frozen or take-out pierogis by the pound.
Lutnia (5532 West
Belmont Avenue, 773-282-5335) is a more upscale Polish restaurant for date nights and dressy occasions. Gourmands will enjoy
the roast goose with sauerkraut, roasted pheasant, and the tableside flambé. A classical pianist provides the perfect
ambience for a romantic evening.
Riis Park on 6110 West Fullerton Avenue (312) 746-5363 offers 57-acres of green space for recreation
and relaxation. The park includes two playgrounds, a swimming and splash pool, 10 tennis courts, three volleyball courts,
two basketball courts, and an oval track for runners. With its bike path and lush lagoon area, Riis Park provides a natural
oasis in an urban setting.
The park also offers free Movies in the Park from June 18th to September 10th. Over 160 movies are shown each summer starting at dusk,
or 7:45 pm.
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