Avondale’s friendly neighbor to the north is a residential area that boasts old Victorian homes and classic Chicago-style two-flats. The architecture of Irving Park – some of which predates the Great Fire of 1871 – is all over the neighborhood, from enormous family estates to The Villa District, a residential pocket that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Besides its style, Irving Park is also very tasty. The neighborhood’s flagship restaurant, Arun’s, is considered by many to be one of Chicago’s signature eateries, while Mirabell, an Austrian-German spot, reflects the neighborhood’s European roots. The United Nations-like assortment of restaurants continues with The Abbey Pub, Smoque BBQ, and Italian fare at Sabatino’s, a longtime staple of the community.