Uptown Neighborhood: Buena Park

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Buena ParkTucked between Lake Michigan and Graceland Cemetery, Buena Park is a tight-knit community and nationally recognized historic district – with a distinct character and rich history. Popular for its many tree-lined blocks and Prarie-style historic mansions, Buena Park faces Montrose Beach and Harbor, both popular destinations for tens of thousands of Chicagoans that host numerous large-scale concerts and events throughout the year.

An Involved Community

The Buena Park Neighbors have, since 1997, worked to improve quality of life for area residents. The organization holds regular community meetings and volunteer days, as well as organizes numerous events such as summertime concerts, trick-or-treating. and architecture walking tours.

Good Living by the Lake

Founded as a bucolic retreat from urban life in the 1860s, by the 1930s the community took on its current densely-settled character, largely thanks to the construction of the El. Despite the more recent construction of many high-rise buildings, the area retains much of its historic charm, including the landmark Hutchinson Street historic district, while the rest of the neighborhood is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tap into $600 million of public & private investment

Buena Park is conveniently located to the tremendous public investment that is rebuilding Uptown’s transit and streets. The Wilson El station is undergoing a $205 million reconstruction, a $6 million Lawrence-Broadway streetscaping will add a plaza and stage to Broadway in 2017, plus the Red Line viaducts will soon be rebuilt.
Additionally, 2,300 new residential units are proposed or under construction in the Uptown area, along with 150,000+ new square feet of retail space that includes Treasure Island Foods, Ross, and others. These public and private investments ensure continued vibrancy and growth in the neighborhood for years to come.