Some Norwood Park History

Norwood Park is the farthest northwest of Chicago’s neighborhoods, located 11 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and just minutes to O’Hare Airport. Originally settled in 1830, Norwood Park became incorporated in 1874 and has managed to maintain a suburban feel. Nearly 38,000 Chicagoans live in this community including many Chicago firefighters, police officers and Chicago Public School employees, who are all required to live within the city limits.

Public amenities, services and civic organizations

Norwood Park has 5 parks including one of its largest named Norwood Park. At 14 acres this park offers the only outdoor swimming pool in the Chicago Park District’s north side. The other 4 parks include Indian Road Park, Norwood Circle Park, Oriole Park and  Rosedale Park. These parks combine to offer many activities for all ages ranging from flag football to sewing to piano lessons.

Incorporated in 1997, the Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce works with local businesses and officials to promote a healthy and strong community including their annual Memorial Day Parade which dates back to 1922 and is participated by thousands.   The Norwood park Chamber currently  has more than 175 members including schools, churches, and local businesses.

Taft High School, Chicago’s most northwest high school.

Five of Chicago’s major angle streets cut through Norwood Park making for interesting navigation. Talcott Avenue is among these streets and houses Presence Resurrection Medical Center, which made the U.S. News & World Report’s list of best hospitals in America. With 360 beds nearly 500 physicians, this full service health care facility has earned several awards and distinctions.

Housing stock

Comprised mainly of single family homes, Norwood Park offers a wide variety of architecture including 19th-century Victorians, Georgians, Cape Cods, bungalows and ranches. While most homes in Norwood Park are priced from $300,000 to $600,000, some of the larger homes price out in the $800 to $1 million range.


The Kennedy Expressway (I-90) splits through the center of Norwood Park equally convenient for all residents to access this major thoroughfare. In the center of the Kennedy is the CTA’s Blue Line which takes you to O’Hare in around 10 minutes and downtown in around 30 minutes. There are several bus routes covering all major streets in this community.

Shopping, dining and nightlife

There are several independent retailers and great new restaurants in Norwood Park such as Dino’s Pizza, Norwood Family Restaurant, Mather’s More Than A Cafe,  Iron Horse Ale House,  Dish, Dine & Drink, Mo Daileys, Trinity, Bangkok Belly, Taco Burrito King and the world famous SuperDawg which is located at the northeast park of Norwood Park.   Norwood Park and offers an excellent small business opportunity and has many new developments being constructed for new businesses!


Chicago Public District 299 serves Norwood Park and includes several wonderful public school such as  Norwood Park Elementary, Garvy School, Onahan Elementary and St. Thecla.  Norwood Park also is lucky to have one of Chicago’s most northwest IB high school Taft High School and a local parochial school for residents to consider including Resurrection High School for girls, founded in 1962.


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