Budlong Woods apartments typically come in low-density form. the streets are lined with single-story, baby-boom era, single-family bungalows, and there's also a healthy dose of elegant, vintage, low-rise apartment buildings thrown into the mix. it's very much a suburb in a city.
Budlong Woods includes the heavily-wooded legion park, which straddles the Chicago River and contains a variety of baseball diamonds, playgrounds, tennis courts, and basketball courts, and there's even a shot-put area, just in case you remembered to drop a shot put ball into your picnic basket. Casual cyclists and hikers enthuse about the North Channel Trail, which runs along legion park and continues north all the way to Green Bay Road in Evanston, although a few of the major east-west commercial thoroughfares require careful negotiation.
the swedish Covenant Hospital and the Budlong Woods branch of the chicago public library are conveniently located in the neighborhood, and one of Chicago's most desirable magnet schools, commonly known as "Northside Prep," sits just across the Chicago river.
Retail-rich Lincoln Avenue cuts directly through the neighborhood and heads straight to Lincoln Village, a shopping mall with a diverse array of tenants, including Home Depot, Office Depot, and Famous Footwear. Unfortunately, the Lincoln Village Cinema and the Border's bookstore have closed.
The Lincoln Avenue corridor in the Budlong Woods neighborhood is also something of a fast-food paradise for low-budget diners. As an added bonus, San So Gab San, perhaps the most popular Korean restaurant in Chicago (for the food, not the service) is located on the easternmost edge of the neighborhood and greets its guests with a delectable array of panch'an every evening until 5:00 a.m. Hub's restaurant is also a famous for its legendary gyros, which were popularized in a Saturday Night Live sketch by the late Chris Farley.
Public transportation to the Loop is not a cinch. Commuters have to hitch a ride on the Foster Avenue bus and travel a mile-and-a-half east to the Berwyn Station, which is on the red line. Commuters can also take the Lincoln Avenue bus south to the Western Avenue station, which is on the brown line.