Old Irving

Old Irving

The western stretch of Irving Park Road is the main business district of Old Irving. Smatterings of breweries, shops, cafes, and restaurants supply neighbors with countless pastimes.

Development started in the late 1800s, when Colonial and Victorian houses, bungalows, and 2-flats were making an appearance along residential streets.Today, families, students, and young professionals move to the community and end up loving a neighborhood that provides recreation, funky shops, and a sense of belonging.

The area was once a suburb of opulent mansions owned by real estate magnates of the Gilded Age. Annexed into the city of Chicago in 1889 after the Blue line extended to Jefferson Park, the community quickly grew into something for everyone. Establishing itself as a premier location with its proximity to downtown and the highways, it’s a perfect home for anyone.

Check out these long-standing staples and new ventures in Old Irving!


  • La Pena
    This Ecuadorian spot has the tastiest churrasco- rib-eye with fried egg, and avocado.
  • Zebda
    A hole in the wall eatery serving up North African foods that including kebob and more.
  • Smoque BBQ
    One of Chicago’s best joint of BBQ. It has a small menu, but the quality is prime.
  • Margaret’s
    This bar gives Midwestern food a Canadian flair, honoring our Northern neighbors.
  • Shokran
    A Morrocan restaurant serving up spicy dishes including a variety of cous cous entrees.


  • Rep Chi
    All things Chicago are found here- from threads and housewares to unique art prints.
  • Fantasy Costumes
    This year-round costume shop is always a fun place to visit for the novelty.
  • Collectiv
    Local artists display their work at this gift shop- some Chicago themed, all unique.
  • First 2nds Resale
    This highly rated resale shop is the perfect spot to pick up second-hand goods.
  • Fits N Kicks
    Get your official sports gear here. They have all teams, so it’s okay Packers fans…


  • Live Wire Lounge
    This little dive bar has a small stage hosting metal and punk bands.
  • Tone Deaf Records
    Exclusively vinyl, find that coveted OG press of that one Stones album.
  • Fuller’s Pub
    This fun dive has really friendly locals and some emerging local bands.
  • Urbano
    Galleries, open mic nights, poetry readings and more are at this cute cafe.
  • Bob’s Blues and Jazz Mart
    Find some rarely heard jazz and blues at this funky little shop.ht.

Things to Do

  • Eris Cidery
    One of the few cideries in Chicago, this bar/restaurant has fun weekly events.
  • Portage Theatre
    An historic theatre hosting a slew of different festivals and programs
  • Aerial Dance Chicago
    If you want to fly in the air like Cirque du Soleil, this is the studio.
  • Kilbourn Park
    This Chicago park hosts classes, a community garden, and sports fields.
  • BATL
    Test out your Viking skills at this independently owned axe throwing venue.


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