Old Irving Park is the residential historical core of a larger neighborhood known more simply as "Irving Park." Old Irving Park is a pleasant place, with nice sidewalks and shady streets, relaxed and reclusive. The residences are a hodgepodge of widely varying architectural styles, ranging from expansive and beautifully-restored single-family homes to vintage apartment buildings.
Some of the housing stock even dates to the turn of the previous century. Originally considered a suburb of Chicago, many wealthy Chicagoans were attracted to this area in search of larger homes and lots, and many of these historic mansions remain in the neighborhood today. John Gray, the first Republican sheriff of Cook County, built the oldest home still standing, in 1856.