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Albany Park

Albany Park, eight miles northwest of the Loop, is one of the city's most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. It has long been a port of entry for immigrants and continues to be a springboard to the middle class for new families and entrepreneurs. The neighborhood got a major boost in 1978 when city government, the North River Commission, and the Lawrence Avenue Development Corporation cooperated to provide streetscape beautification, the Facade Rebate Program, low-interest loans, and other financing packages. Redevelopment efforts led to a decrease in commercial vacancies and an increase in residential property values in the 1980s and 1990s. Its main street, Lawrence Avenue, is lined with global markets, restaurants and shops representative of the more than 1,000 small “mom and pop” businesses on the neighborhood's commercial streets.

The lead agency in Albany Park is North River Commission, which also serves the North Park and Irving Park community areas.  

Albany Park Community Area


Population (2010) 55,504 down 3.7% from 2000
Racial/ethnic makeup (2010) 46% Latino, 32% white, 12.9% Asian  


Total occupied units (2010)        9,884                                         down 5.8% from 2000            
Owner occupied units (2010) 2,237 up 8.6% from 2000


Median household income (2010) $25,454 up 22.9% since 2000
Percentage above $50,000 (2010) 24% 12% above $75,000
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