Jefferson Park is one of the 77 communities that make up the City of Chicago, and it is located on the northwest side. A family-friendly predominantly middle-class community, Jefferson Park real estate is known for its popularity among police officers, school teachers, firefighters and other resident city and county workers of Chicago.
The Eastern European influence in Jefferson Park is layered, and the Polish flavor of the neighborhood has always been prominent. Case in point, the beautifully restored Copernicus Civic and Cultural Center, the community’s most distinguished landmark, is a tribute to the Polish American population. The center hosts The Taste of Polonia Festival each year as well as the annual Mayfest aka Polish fest.
One of the reasons Jefferson Park homes for sale are in demand is because of the vast wooded areas. A portion of Thaddeus S. “Ted” Lechowicz Woods is within the northeast corner of the community. The green space accommodates hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, picnicking, sledding, and other outdoor activities.
The 7-acre park named Jefferson Park is also within the Jefferson Park community, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1930, a field house was built in Jefferson Park that was designed by Clarence Hatzfeld, a prolific Chicago architect born in 1873. On display in the field house are a number of special historic pieces, including an anonymous portrait of Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson Park’s long-standing nickname is "The Gateway to Chicago," so named because it is one of Chicago’s transportation hubs. The community is home to a Blue Line rail station and also the Union Pacific/ Northwest Line. A monument to Thomas Jefferson was added to the Union Pacific / Northwest Line rail station entrance in 2005.
On the northeast side of Jefferson Park, it is bordered by the community of Forest Glen. Norwood Park is to the west, and on the south side is Portage Park. Irving Park is directly to the east.
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