Jefferson Park

It boasts a small-town feel that lends itself to a slow-paced life.

Welcome to Jefferson Park

Small-town feel with a culturally rich environment.


Often called the "Gateway to Chicago," Jefferson Park is a small neighborhood on the Northwest side of Chicago. It boasts a small-town feel that lends itself to a slow-paced life. The culture is saturated with rich history and is home to many small businesses, including restaurants, coffee shops, and bars.


Jefferson Park offers varied architectural styles, including bungalows, cottages, and Victorian homes. Many are mid-century homes with basements that provide residents with plenty of space along with very private yards. Lush greenery and open spaces in the parks and golf courses surround the community. Performing arts, churches, and a popular bowling alley provide plenty of opportunities to spend time with friends and family.


What to Love

  • Performing arts and community festivals
  • Variety of bars and restaurants
  • Lush golf course with mature trees and large greens
  • Surrounded by thick forest preserve

Local Lifestyle

Jefferson Park’s culture is filled with people willing to help each other out and build relationships through organizations like Olive’s Garden, a community garden whose volunteers raise and grow food for those in need. Vitality is part of the community spirit here. Redevelopment brings new vitality, but turn-of-the-century buildings are also preserved through the Northwest Chicago Historical Society. 


Walking, biking and golfing are popular activities among residents, and the forest preserve offers a welcome respite from busy city life. The neighborhood theater provides a wide variety of performances throughout the year. When you are ready for an afternoon or night out socializing, the museums, art galleries, and concert venues of Chicago are not too far.


Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Jefferson Park is a suburban area with access to urban amenities. Chicago is filled with arts, museums, and cultural events and is a convenient drive away. Jefferson Park is home to many schools and cultural centers, making it an ideal location for families looking for both urban and suburban living.


Hungry for a bite to eat? Meet up with friends at The Gale Street Inn for ribs, burgers, or one of their signature cocktails. Smak Tak is a Polish restaurant on the north side of Chicago, where they provide a cozy atmosphere for family birthdays and celebrations. For authentic Spanish cuisine and tapas, head to Cafe Marbella to meet up with friends and try one of the chef’s original recipes.


Things to Do

In Jefferson Park, you can enjoy community festivals, local theater, and bowling. After working up an appetite, don't hesitate to visit any of the dozens of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis, pizzerias, or takeout spots in the area.


The Copernicus Center hosts concerts, theater, community events, and festivals, including the longrunning Taste of Polonia Festival


The Ed Paschke Art Center showcases the work of Ed Paschke and functions as a living, breathing place of discovery, creativity, and community. 


It is easy to escape to one of the many parks or preserves located in Jefferson Park. Cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking are among the activities available year-round at the Forest Preserves. There are five campgrounds to choose from for a weekend of sleeping under the stars, sitting around the campfire, and enjoying all that nature has to offer.


There's always something going on in Jefferson Park, located at the corner of Long and Higgins Avenues in the heart of the community. With sports fields, three tennis courts, a playground, a water spray feature, and an outdoor swimming pool, this nearly 8-acre park has plenty of recreational activities. Residents often gather in the fieldhouse to participate in arts, sports, and social groups, including an active teen club.



Jefferson Park is served by Chicago Public Schools.

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