Gage Park, in the heart of Chicago’s Southwest Side, is one of the most popular public transportation options to get to the city’s downtown Loop. It is also one of the most highly trafficked train stations in the entire Chicago area. With easy access to the entire downtown Loop, the station is a convenient location for commuters. The station has four stations: Kedzie, North Avenue, East Michigan and Northwest Highway.
Kedzie is the downtown area’s main terminal, serving the entire Southwest Side. It is also the station that the city’s Brown Line runs on. It is located between the communities of Gage Park and Brighton Park. The neighborhood is one of the more affluent ones in the city, and is the northern neighbor of the upscale North Side. As a result, there are many fine restaurants and shopping opportunities within walking distance of the station.
North Avenue boasts some notable buildings and monuments in the Chicago area, and is the western neighbor of the upscale Bloomington community. Like Kedzie, it is conveniently located just a few blocks away from the downtown Loop. Like Kedzie, it is also conveniently located close to the other South Side neighborhoods.
East Michigan is a vibrant neighborhood adjacent to the downtown area and is known as the “Gold Coast of Chicago.” Its proximity to the other South Side neighborhoods, such as North and West Town, makes it another desirable South Side locale for those looking for residential space. Its close proximity to downtown and the beautiful golf course golf courses of Norridge make it a convenient choice for those who live in the Gold Coast.
North of the Bloomington community is the Gage Park express rail terminal. The station is conveniently located near the southern neighbor of the Loop, so it is just a short ride to the downtown Loop. The terminal can bring commuters quickly to the downtown area, which is served by both the Crenshaw Expressway (which intersects with the downtown LRT line) and the Jackson Park Line. Those living in the North End or around Western Avenue benefit greatly from the stations, which serve their own residents with train service, but have direct access to downtown.
To the immediate south of the station is the vibrant Norridge neighborhood, which has an historic presence and vibrant culture. The Norridge community enjoys a strong economic presence, thanks largely to the fact that there is so much commerce going on in this heavily industrialized region. In fact, many businesses such as the Norridge Apple Tree, Norridge Health Foods, Norridge Realty and the Scott Architects’ factory are some of the attractions for residents. It is truly an attractive place to live. In addition, there are many public transportation services available to Norridge residents.
To the north of Gage Park, you will find the vibrant communities of Avondale, Washington Park, and Crestpark. These areas are all home to a variety of people, who come to live in these vibrant neighborhoods. While Avondale and Washington Park is well-known historically, Crestpark has recently gained some notoriety, thanks to the highly sought-after real estate market. The communities of Gage Park and Norridge are all unique, with everything from quaint single-family homes to spacious apartment complexes.
The neighborhoods around Gage Park represent a unique cross section of suburbia and country. There are many cultural activities, ranging from art galleries and professional organizations to festivals and theater. In addition, there is bicycling, walking and horseback riding, and boating. There are many schools in the area, including ones that specialize in a wide range of majors. Those looking to relocate to Gage Park should explore the possibilities, and look into the many neighborhoods and towns that make up this unique section of Cook County.
Terry Jones is a Chicago native who loves food and travel. He is currently a freelance photographer and also writes some articles about travel.