Homes For Sale In North Center
North Center, Chicago Real Estate Listings
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North Center in Chicago, Illinois
North Center was settled in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century largely by Germans who worked in what is known as the industrial corridor along Ravenswood Avenue, and the large industrial plants along the Chicago River to the west. In the 1870s, the area was only accessible by the Chicago River and Little Fort Road (now known as Lincoln Avenue). Since then, it has grown tremendously. North Center is considered a vibrant neighborhood with an eclectic mix of retailers, restaurants, live music, live theater, and service-oriented businesses.
North Center’s history is deeply rooted in many European cultures, including German, Polish, Czech, Romanian, Serbian, Greek, Croatian, and French. This is evident in the architectural charm of the homes and buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many are unaware that during the late 19th and early 20th century, the Selig Polyscope Company produced some of America’s earliest motion pictures and was based in Chicago. Along Byron Street near Oakley Avenue and Western Avenue, historic production buildings of the company are still standing and being used as residences and retail businesses. The neighborhood is continuing to grow and become more culturally diverse.