Albany Park Apartments for Rent(hide neighborhood information)
If living in an international, ethnically-diverse neighborhood is your goal, then Albany Park is your place. This residential and commercial community on Chicago’s northwest side has one of highest percentages of foreign-born inhabitants in Chicago – and is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the United States.
Residents of Albany Park come from Mexico, Guatemala, the Philippines, India, Korea, Cambodia, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Romania, Pakistan and the Middle East. Over 40 different languages are spoken in Albany Park’s public schools.
The neighborhood has been known as “Koreatown,” and the shops on Lawrence Avenue are officially nicknamed by the city of Chicago as “Seoul Drive.” An annual Korean festival celebrates the heritage of these residents.
There at Lawrence Avenue is also where The Chicago Transit Authority’s Ravenswood Brown Line terminates. Albany Park is accessible through the Kimball, Kedzie and Francisco stations of the Brown Line, the Montrose CTA Blue Line Station, and by Interstate 94, also known as Eden’s Expressway. There are a large number of public and private schools in Albany Park, and two universities: Northeastern Illinois University and North Park University.
Among the active neighborhood organizations is Friedman Place, is a nonprofit organization for the blind on North Maplewood Avenue. The organization’s mission is to provide housing and supportive services to enable the visually impaired to lead healthy and stimulating lives. It offers activities from sailing and opera outings to an in-house weaving program.