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Finding Humboldt Park apartments will likely lead renters on a journey of nicely maintained vintage 2- and 3-flat apartment buildings, a healthy number of mid-rise apartment buildings, and courtyard-style apartments for rent. The average rent for a one-bedroom in Humboldt Park is usually below the citywide average for Chicago. That said, it's not all about affordable apartments in this northwest side neighborhood. There are some genuinely gorgeous single-family homes and stately houses for rent, primarily if renters draw their search closer to the neighborhood's namesake park. Humboldt Park Chicago apartments are available in nearly all sizes. This neighborhood has lots of studio apartments and one-bedroom apartments. This family-oriented neighborhood also has many more extensive floor plans ranging from 2 to 3-bedroom and occasionally four-bedroom apartments, usually available as single-family homes for rent.
New construction condos and a few boutique apartment buildings have been built in recent years, but for the most part, the flavor of these apartments is vintage. And it's pretty glorious. Humboldt Park apartments that face one of the neighborhood's sprawling green boulevards or parkways can usually be found. Traffic circles overflowing with green plants dot the intersections of many side streets. Renters might expect a premium price for having a view of so much green space, but apartments here are among the most affordable on the city's northwest side.
Humboldt Park Chicago apartments are in a neighborhood named for a 207-acre park, one of the brightest gems on the "emerald necklace," the interconnected ring of parks and boulevards designed by Chicago urban planners during the 19th Century. Humboldt Park enjoys all the attributes of quality recreational space: bike paths, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and playgrounds; although it's the extras -- winding roads, a boathouse, a lagoon, cloisters, fountains, and statues -- that make it an exceptional public park.
With acres of parkland surrounding them, this Chicago neighborhood presents renters with a wide array of choices if they want to branch out from their homes and get a taste of nature in this eclectic and scenic neighborhood. Residents can walk to the famous and beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory to the south. Humboldt Park is also the proud home of The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.
Public transportation is quite convenient in Humboldt Park. Metra train stops on the north and south ends of the neighborhood. On the north end at Grand and Cicero, residents can hop on the MD-W line, and on the south end, the UP-W line is available at Kedzie and Kinzie.
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Schools in Humboldt Park
- Morton School of Excellence
- George Westinghouse College Prep
- Dodge Elementary School
- Erie Elementary Charter School
- Jose De Diego Community Academy
- Roberto Clemente Community Academy
- LEARN Charter School
- Orr Academy High School
- Bethel Elementary School
- James Russell Lowell Elementary School
- Ronald McNair Elementary School
- Rowe Clark School
- Laura Ward Public School
- Kipp Create Charter School
- Daniel Cameron Public School
- Lafayette Elementary School
- Chicago High School for the Arts
- West Park Fine Arts Academy
- Maternity BVM School
- Laura S Ward Elementary School
- UCAN Academy
- James Russell Lowell Elementary School
- Casals Public School
- Polaris Charter Academy
- Alfred Nobel Public School
- Brian Piccolo Elementary School
- Westside Preparatory School
- Judah Foundational Community School
Dining in Humboldt Park
Humboldt Park apartments are near restaurants that serve the best Puerto Rican food in the city, including mofongo (fried, mashed plantains often stuffed with meats and vegetables) and lechón (roast suckling pig).
Nightlife in Humboldt Park
There's a collection of late-night spots on W. Chicago Ave between Damen and California that locals like to frequent. Most bars and late-night spots in Humboldt Park are decidedly casual -- expect an evening of good tunes, affordable food, and libations if you go bar hopping.
History in Humboldt Park
Jimmy's Red Hots has been at the corner of Grand and Pulaski Streets, 4000 West Grand Avenue, serving those who live in Humboldt Park apartments and beyond since 1954. The hot dogs are renowned. The decor is not. But let’s be honest, the only thing that matters is a clean kitchen and a friendly staff. There's no seating -- just a narrow passage allowing a few customers to stand and gaze out the window while they eat. The menu can be minimalist, consisting only of Polish sausage, a hot dog, a tamale, and twice-sizzled french fries. Unlike most Chicago-style rivals, Jimmy's red hots can be seen and tasted. They are not so overly smothered with toppings that you need a bounty hunter to find the beef. But take note: Jimmy's does not tolerate ketchup. Not on the side, not in a bottle, not in a packet, not in a house, not with a mouse. Ketchup is sacrilege. As they say at Jimmy's Red Hots, “Don't even think about it.”
Frank Farrugia, the patriarch of this Chicago institution, says, "If you're not going to eat it yourself, then don't dare serve it." Frank is proud of his red hots but prefers to boast of his other accomplishments: He has twice delivered babies at the restaurant. On one occasion, the customers came and went by, stepping over a woman lying in the doorway, suffering through painful contractions.