Chicago is divided into 77 community areas, and Norwood Park is one of them located in the northwest corner. Norwood Park is home to the city’s oldest existing building, built in 1833. Known as Nobel-Seymour-Crippen House, it is a Chicago landmark in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Its architectural style is Italianate.
Another distinction of Norwood Park is that it has been the location of a Memorial Day parade since 1922, and the parade runs through William Howard Taft High School. The school was famously the inspiration for the 1971 musical Grease.
Another designated landmark in the Norwood Park neighborhood is the Wingent House, a farmhouse built in 1854. It was the home of German immigrant John Wingent, who moved to Chicago after experiencing religious persecution in his home country. The Wingent House is one of few existing Chicago buildings that predate the Great Fire of 1871.
The borders of Norwood Park real estate have a complex layout and include W. Devon Ave, W. Albion Ave., and North Branch Chicago River to the north. The eastern border is also partly marked by the North Branch Chicago River as well as N. Indian Rd., N. Austin Ave., and N. Nagle Ave. W. Bryn Mawr Ave. is a southern border on the east part of Norwood Park. In the middle section of the neighborhood, W. Gunnison St. is the borderline. W. Foster Ave. is also part of the southern border. In one section of Norwood Park, N. Canfield Ave. is a western border as well as Rt. 171.
The smaller neighborhoods within Norwood Park with homes for sale include Old Norwood Park, Oriole Park, Union Ridge, Big Oaks, Norwood Park West, and Norwood Park East.
Within Norwood Park is a park facility by the same name covering 16.23 acres. The park is a favorite in the area in summertime because it has the North Side’s only swimming pool equipped with a waterslide. It is also a terrific space to enjoy nature, with its immense greenery. Among the sports programs youth can participate in at the park are outdoor soccer, floor hockey, flag football, track and field, piano, acting classes, and tap dancing.
Situated less than a half hour from downtown Chicago, it is also home to a nice Metra train station, making homes for sale in Norwood Park in demand. The neighborhood is also near an expressway and has public transit via CTA blue line.
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