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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Quaint, Lacking in Diversity"

This is a cute little neighborhood with a strong sense of family and community feel. It's common to see unsupervised children out playing and riding bikes late into the evening, and neighbors talking to each other in a friendly fashion. There is an almost unbelievable concentration of bars and restaurants in the little downtown area, many of which are quite upscale. Many businesses are locally owned. The neighborhood is fairly well-served by the Metra, though CTA options are limited and unreliable. Park Ridge is a suburb within easy walking distance, and has many amenities such as restaurants, bars, and professional services. There are clean parks, and good tree cover. The area has a safe feel.

Where Edison Park falls down is in its lack of diversity. It's very much an upper class white monoculture, with an extremely low number of minorities living in the neighborhood. The only people of color you'll observe in this neighborhood are the ones working service jobs, or delivering mail. The neighborhood also has a high concentration of police officer residents, thanks to a city requirement that officers live within the city limits. This has benefits, in that residents are community-invested and are inclined to keep things safe. However, Edison Park is geographically as far away as you can get from the city center to the north and west, and still be considered "Chicago." As a result, expect to see a lot of 'Police Lives Matter' signs. I have had friends who are LQBTQ+ or people of color who tell me they don't feel safe walking in this neighborhood after dark.

Overall, this is an excellent neighborhood if you are affluent, white, have children, and want to remain within the technical city limits of Chicago.
  • Lack of Diversity
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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