The residential neighborhood of Belmont Central is located on the northwest side of Chicago, bounded by Roscoe Street to the north; Narragansett, Grand Avenue and Central Avenue to the east; and Cortland Street to the south.
Belmont Central is an ethnically diverse area, once home to a large number of Polish immigrants. Although the area is experiencing a growing Hispanic population, there are still a number of Polish residents, and a number of popular Polish restaurants to serve them.
Its location on the city’s northwest side puts Belmont Central a little too far to be considered “intown living,” but the neighborhood is well-known as a safe, solidly middle-class family area that offers a quiet escape from hectic city life. The affordable home prices, the neighborhood’s safe environment and its proximity to downtown Chicago make the area particularly attractive to young families.
New residents to Belmont Central will enjoy a variety of housing choices such as Queen Anne-style homes, brick flats and bungalows. Many of the homes have charming exteriors; there are some historic homes here. Residents tend to keep lawns and yards well-tended.
The community’s chamber of commerce boasts one of the lowest commercial vacancy rates in Chicago. A mall, ample street parking and a free parking garage have helped bring shoppers into the area.