The Andersonville Chicago real estate market is conveniently located about five miles north-northwest of Chicago’s downtown neighborhood. The area is served by the CTA’s red line "el" route and three bus routes. Andersonville homes comprise a charming neighborhood within the greater Edgewater community and offer easy access to the best that the city has to offer, without sacrificing its unique village-like vibe. Read more about the beautiful multi-cultural neighborhood of Andersonville.
There are many types of Andersonville homeowners who are drawn to the area for a myriad of reasons. The low crime rate is an appeal to everyone, but the availability of parks and good schools is a major draw for young families with children of every cultural background. Andersonville also has a thriving gay and lesbian community which is integrated into the neighborhood instead of having its area like in so many other cities; in fact, the GLBT community in Andersonville is the largest in Chicago. There is a peaceful, distinct “live and let live” aura in Andersonville.
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Andersonville was formerly a sleepy locale consisting predominantly of Swedish immigrants; today it bristles with life yet still maintains strong traces of its traditional past. While Swedish influence is apparent in neighborhood staples such as the Swedish-American museum, the Swedish Bakery, and other Swedish delicatessens, Andersonville is a rather diverse community.
The area’s roots as a community date well back into the 19th century, when immigrant Swedish farmers started moving north into what was then a distant suburb of Chicago. In the 1850's the area north of Foster and east of Clark was a large cherry orchard, and families had only begun to move into the fringes of what is now Andersonville. The neighborhood's first school, the Andersonville School, was built in 1854 at the corner of those two thoroughfares and served as the area's primary school until 1908.
In the late 1980's, Andersonville began a period of revival as professionals rediscovered its attractive housing stock and proximity to downtown Chicago and the lakefront. A large lesbian and gay population developed, spurred by the opening of such businesses as Women & Children First, a bookstore focusing on feminist authors and topics. New gift shops and ethnic eateries opened up and gave Clark Street a new commercial vitality and diversity.
Today, in addition to being one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish culture in the United States, Andersonville is home to a diverse assortment of devoted residents and businesses, including one of Chicago's largest gay and lesbian communities, a large collection of Middle Eastern restaurants and bakeries, and a thriving Hispanic commercial area north of Catalpa Avenue.
Home to a beautiful housing stock, the charming, tree-lined residential streets offer a variety of sought-after Andersonville real estate. Old Victorians that have been fully restored to their former glory sit next to 19th-century walk-ups with restored limestone work and the occasional gargoyle.
Andersonville condos are a strong market due to the popularity of this area of Chicago. Andersonville Chicago real estate often consists of vintage buildings with two or three flats in each, giving the name to the traditional “two- or three-flat” found in the Chicago vernacular. From apartments in vintage courtyards, condos and multi unit brick buildings, to private two-story brick walkups as well as traditional houses with covered front porches, the range of Andersonville real estate draws a variety of home-buyers with varying tastes, budgets and needs.
With Clark St. as its main drag, Andersonville is recognized for having a vibrant commercial district comprised of a variety of independent, locally owned shops, restaurants, and various service providers. Hopleaf Bar is a local tavern with somewhat of a cult following amongst Belgian Beer lovers. Reza’s serves tasty Persian Cuisine, Turkish Cuisine & Bakery is a restaurant offering authentic Turkish fare, and Ann Sather is famous for its cinnamon rolls.
In keeping with Andersonville’s varied mix of restaurants is its range of shops and entertainment. Antique and Resale stores rub elbows with art galleries, wine and dance stores, specialty boutiques, bookstores, florists and many other selections. Andersonville homeowners enjoy a weekly farmer’s market from late June-September, The Taste of Andersonville in August, and Midsommarfest, an annual street festival celebrating the summer solstice.
Perhaps one of the most popular bars in the city of Chicago, the Hopleaf, located at 5148 N. Clark St., receives its name is from a beer advertised outside taverns in Malta, the home country of proprietor Michael Roper's father. But the Andersonville-based tavern draws its inspiration and its drafts from another tiny European country: Belgium. Half of the bar's 200 beers come from Belgium. As a further tribute to beer, Hopleaf's walls are decorated with original beer posters from the 1920s which advertise Solanis, Biere Titan and other brands. The menu consists of typical Belgian bar fare— think mouth-watering moules frites and sandwiches, including smoked duck and ham-and-gruyere.
Photo Credit: Hopleaf Bar
In addition to the various brews and bars of Andersonville, diners and drinkers will surely find various establishments suitable for all appetites within the lively yet chill and relaxing Chicago neighborhood. Amongst a few notable spots not to miss are as follows:
Atmosphere 5355 N Clark St (773) 784-1100
Farragut's 5240 N Clark St (773) 728-4903
Hamburger Mary's 5400 N Clark St (773) 784-6969
Simon's Tavern 5210 N Clark St (773) 878-0894
The Andersonville Midsommarfest is one of Chicago’s many summer festivals, but also one of its best. Attracting nearly 50,000 festival-goers each year, the Anderson Midsommarfest features two days of live music, dancing, fun events for the kids, and great foods. There are tons of vendor booths to browse and plenty of great bars and venues to visit nearby while attending.
The Andersonville Arts Weekend occurs each autumn celebrating the artwork of dozens of locals displayed in businesses and galleries throughout the neighborhood. It’s a terrific chance to stroll the streets of Edgewater while the weather is still crisp and take in the local flair.
The Andersonville Dessert Crawl surely will not leave residents and guests feeling unsatisfied! Each October, the community hosts a crawl on which participants can choose the "sugar route", the "spice route" or the "everything nice route", suited for the daring sweet-treat indulgers!
Presented by the Andersonville Development Corporation and co-sponsored by In Fine Spirits, the annual Andersonville Wine Walk is essentially one, giant wine tasting throughout the neighborhood. Palettes will be pleased with over 60 wines in 20 different Andersonville retail shops. Specially printed wine glasses must be presented in exchange for an actual "ticket," and a tasting booklet helps participants keep track of notes and flavors.
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Listing information last updated on April 27th, 2017 at 9:53am CDT.