Irving Park's Famed Buffalo Ice Cream Parlor
Irving Park Neighborhood
The chain of events leading to the beginning of Irving Park's development began in 1843 when Major Noble purchased a 160-acre tract of land. After many years of successful farming, he sold the farm in 1869 for $20,000 to four men from New York: Charles T. Race, John S. Brown, Adelbert E. Brown, and John Wheeler. The original name chosen for the town by Charles T. Race was "Irvington" after the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It was soon discovered that another town in Illinois had already used the name; so, "Irving Park" was adopted.
California Park Neighborhood
California Park is a neighborhood located in the eastern portion of the Irving Park community that began development in the 1920s. It took its name from the Chicago Park District's California Park, which in turn took its name from nearby California Avenue.
Independence Park Neighborhood
Independence Park is a neighborhood within Irving Park that was developed in the 1800s. It shares its name with a community park of the same name
Little Cassubia Neighborhood
The name, Little Cassubia (Polish: Ma?e Kaszuby), was coined by locals because the Kaszub people lived in the area. They were a West Slavic ethnic group from Pomerelia in north-central Poland, who also founded the Roman Catholic Parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Chicago.
Merchant Park Neighborhood
Merchant Park has been in recent years erroneously relabeled as “South Old Irving Park” by unscrupulous real estate developers. Merchant Park owes its name to John and Clara Merchant, whose house in Old Irving has been recommended for official landmark designation by the City of Chicago
The Villa Historic District
The beautiful and distinctive Villa Historic District (Polish: Polskie Wille) was originally developed as the "Villa addition to Irving Park" and showcases many unique Craftsman and Prairie style homes fronting on picturesque boulevard style streets. This was no accident. The original owners, Franklin and Henrietta Osborn, insisted that certain restrictions be written into the bill of sale when they sold their property for development: There were to be no commercial establishments within the bounds of the Villa, no multi-unit buildings and no flat roofs or front yard fences. Lots were to be 50 feet wide – twice the standard Chicago lot – and houses were to have consistent set-backs of thirty-eight feet. No house was to be sold for less than $2,500. Most important, the Villa was to be a neighborhood that promised and delivered 'light, air and beauty.'
Journalist Mike Royko famously dubbed the area as the "Polish Kenilworth" after the posh suburb of Chicago's North Shore.
Tri-Taylor is so named because the shape of this community approximates the shape of a triangle with the eastern boundary of the community, Ogden Avenue, running diagonal to Chicago’s street grid. The history of this community parallels that of Little Italy in that it was largely a working class, immigrant community.
Old Irving Park and South Old Irving Park neighborhoods take their names from their relationship to neighboring Irving Park.
Unfortunately, no historical information was found on the West Walker neighborhood.