It seems poetic justice that the Chicago neighborhood named for Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the light bulb, should have a thriving and popular restaurant row. After all, almost every child in America had his or her first baking experience with the light bulb-powered Easy Bake Oven. Who knows how many restaurateurs got their start courtesy of Mr. Edison?
Edison Park lies 13 miles northwest of the Loop, approximately one mile west of the Chicago River. The neighborhood has evolved from Indian land to farms to a railroad suburb to its current evolution. One of the first Chicago neighborhoods to have electric streetlights, of course, Edison Park has long been perceived by Chicagoans as a “cute little village by the train station.”
Interestingly, the neighborhood has a high concentration of streets beginning with the letter ‘O’, resulting from efforts to alphabetize Chicago’s street names. Edison Park is bordered by several “O” streets – Oliphant, Oshkosh and Olmstead (and the Northwest Highway).
The community offers potential residents a wide selection of housing choices including condominiums, traditional Chicago bungalows, Georgians and two- and three-bedroom flats. Edison Park is well served by commuter rail and expressways; the CTA Blue Line runs through the neighborhood and Metra has a train station in Edison Park. The Kennedy Expressway is easily accessible.
Public schools in the neighborhood include Ebinger Elementary School, Norwood Park Elementary School and Onahan Elementary School. Monument Park, near the station, features a small plaza surrounded by benches.
Edison Park’s restaurant and bar scene is only one block from the Metra train station, along two blocks of a narrow two-lane commercial street. Popular dining choices are The Mecca Supper Club, Zia’s Trattoria, Cafe Touché and Elliott’s Seafood Grille and Chop House; and since Edison Park hosts Chicago’s highest population Irish blood, there are a couple of Irish pubs.