Welcome to Old Norwood Park
A beautiful historic neighborhood with amazing amenities
Old Norwood Park is a charming, historic neighborhood within the larger community of Norwood Park in Cook County, on Chicago’s northwest side. Norwood Park was officially annexed by the City of Chicago in 1893.
Today, Old Norwood Park is known for its beautiful homes and spacious lots, particularly in the sought-after North East Circle, North West Circle, and Newark Avenues. The neighborhood is ideal for commuters, offering excellent access to public transportation. “The Circle,” which used to be a horse track, is a popular area for residents to walk and enjoy the neighborhood’s historic and picturesque scenery.
What to Love
- Extremely walkable
- Easy access to O’Hare and downtown Chicago
- Proximity to public transportation
- Rich local history
- Peaceful and beautiful community
Residents of Old Norwood Park enjoy peaceful, park-like scenery combined with all the amenities of a metropolitan environment. Beautiful, historic architecture and lovely, landscaped green spaces combine to create idyllic small-town charm. Old Norwood Park residents can access many exceptional public and private schools, beautiful parks, and noteworthy shopping and dining opportunities. Old Norwood Park is a desirable neighborhood for those seeking a peaceful and historic community with an ideal location.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Mystique Rogue Irish Pub and Restaurant is an authentic Irish pub. Serving draft beers and delicious pub fare, Mystique Rogue Irish Pub and Restaurant features vintage police and firefighter memorabilia among its decor. The pub was founded by two Irishman who moved to America to pursue their dreams and consequently created a pub that offers a family-oriented and welcoming atmosphere with great food and drink.
Zia’s Social offers regional Italian cuisine with a twist, featuring a wood-burning pizza oven and a regularly updated menu with seasonal ingredients. With plenty of seating, it's a great spot for private parties. It also has plans to expand to an indoor/outdoor patio that could host up to 150 guests. Live music, a fun bar atmosphere, and tasty brunch, dinner, drinks, and appetizers make Zia's Social uniquely enjoyable.
Sapori Napoletani Pizzeria is a family-owned business that specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza. Antonio Vitiello learned the art of pizza-making from his family, who were also pizzeria owners in Naples, Italy. In addition to their classic Margherita pizza, Sapori Napoletani also offers a variety of other Neapolitan flavors. Sapori specializes in imported meats and cheeses, signature spaghetti carbonara, traditional babba Napoletano, and a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.
Norwood Royal Cigars, located on Northwest Highway, is a locally respected cigar shop known for its commitment to quality and service. With the largest cigar humidor in the Midwest, they offer a wide variety of high-quality products from well-known manufacturers. Their wide selection and knowledgeable staff make Norwood Royal Cigars an ideal destination for new and experienced cigar enthusiasts.
Things to Do
The Norwood Park, Memorial Day Parade, is an annual event that has been a local tradition since 1922. The route starts at Onahan School and winds through the community, ending at Taft High School. The parade includes flag-raising, live musical performances, and the presentation of wreaths.
Another significant parade in the Norwood neighborhood is The Northwest Side Irish Parade. This annual parade celebrates St. Patrick’s Day and has been a tradition for over 16 years. With an average of over 100 parade participants each year and thousands of attendees, the Northwest Side Irish Parade is a highly memorable community event.
Norwood Park is a 16.23-acre park featuring an outdoor swimming pool with a water slide, perfect for summer day camps and young swimmers. The park also offers youth sports programs, music and craft classes, a fitness center, a running track, tennis courts, and an outdoor inline skating area. Special events include outdoor movies, Halloween parties, and an annual Dinner with Santa.
William Howard Taft High School was notably the inspiration for the famous musical, Grease. Today, the high school showcases a variety of holiday chorale performances, live theatrical productions, and high school athletics games that are open to the public.
Old Norwood Park is served by the Chicago Public Schools, in addition to being near several excellent private schools.