To describe a Chicago neighborhood as “suburban” is a familiar tune, but few neighborhoods can claim to be mistaken for a suburb as often as Edgebrook. Located on the far northwest reaches of the city, Edgebook is encompassed by the lush vegetation of the golf courses, parks and forest preserves that surround it.
Edgebrook is part of the Forest Glen Community Area, which also includes the neighborhoods of Sauganash and Wildwood. Fewer than 17,000 people live in all of Forest Glen, making it one of the more sparsely populated communities in Chicago. The median income for Forest Glen is about $68,000.
Because of its suburban character and low population, Edgebrook crime statistics are very low, making it one of the safest Chicago neighborhoods. However, because of the nearby forest preserve, drivers are advised to watch for deer at night.
Public Amenities, Services, Civic Organizations
Many families move to Edgebrook to get away from the busy streets of the city, and to be closer to nature, and there’s plenty of natural beauty in the surroundings. The Cook Country Forest Preserve borders Edgebrook to the north and east, providing numerous walking trails and picnic spots. Within the forest preserve, cyclists, joggers and in-line skaters enjoy the North Branch Trail, which follows the meandering North Branch of the Chicago River 20 miles north, all the way to Lake County.
The verdant neighborhood also enjoys many of the city services that other Chicago neighborhoods do, such as Edgebrook’s large, two-story branch library on Devon Avenue.
Almost 90 percent of the homes in the Forest Glen Community Area – which includes Edgebrook – are owner-occupied, but rental properties do exist. Houses are typically priced from about $400,000 to more than $1 million.
Architectural styles vary widely in Edgebrook, ranging from gorgeous Tudor- and Queen Anne-style homes to newer bungalows and ranch houses. Most of Edgebrook has been built out, making the construction of new homes somewhat rare, but they can be found. Old Edgebrook, an enclave of about 50 houses located within Edgebrook, was designated a Chicago Landmark district in 1988.
Edgebrook was originally conceived of as a railroad suburb situated next to a golf course, and in many ways it still is. Metra's Milwaukee North District Line stops in Edgebrook, taking commuters to downtown Chicago in under 25 minutes. The neighborhood also has easy access to the Edens Expressway (I-94), and it’ a short drive from O’Hare Airport.
Shopping, Dining and Nightlife
Edgebrook isn’t exactly known for its nightlife, but Devon and Caldwell avenues do offer plenty of good options to shop for the essentials and grab a bite to eat.
In 2005, Moher, an Irish pub with a classic tin roof, became the first Edgebrook establishment to serve liquor since 1947, as the neighborhood peeled back its dry laws.
Caldwell’s Kitchen & Tap also serves beer and offers a full dinner menu. Locals flock to Villa Rosa Pizza and Pasta for thin-crust slices. And for a cup of coffee on the way to the Metra Station, the Edgebrook Coffee Shop on Central Avenue is a safe bet.
Edgebrook parents can choose from a handful of public and private schools in the area. The public Edgebrook Elementary School, which is adjacent to Edgebrook Park, is where most parents send their young. William Howard Taft High School is the CPS public high school serving the greater Forest Glen Community Area. Parents can also choose from local private schools, like Edgebrook’s St. Mary’s and Queen of All Saints and St. Mary of the Woods in nearby Wildwood.