Why we love it
Iconic Chicago architecture lives in Irving Park, from Victorian mansions to turn-of-the-century bungalows — some buildings even predate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
The first thing to do when you arrive in Irving Park is stroll The Villa District, a tiny residential pocket that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The Villa”, recognized as an official Chicago landmark district, is a collection of 126 bungalows on seven distinctive blocks that draw upon Arts & Crafts and the Prairie School architectural styles for inspiration.
Not that Irving Park lives in the past. You only have to stop at a couple of the area’s popular breweries to appreciate that. Plus, Irving Park is home to the immersive Windy City Playhouse, which produces one-of-a-kind experiences that invite you to wander the set as the drama unfolds around you.
Explore like a local
Stop into ERIS, a women-owned craft brewery and cider house, and enjoy a pint in the industrial-chic space. Treat yourself to some of the city’s best Thai food at Arun’s Thai Restaurant. Or travel to Tokyo at the modern Raisu Japanese Fine Dining.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter