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In the 1990s Bryn Mawr Avenue (from Sheridan to Broadway) was designated a historic district by the National Register of Historic Places. In this condensed town center you’ll find plenty of eye-popping architectural homes wedged between restaurants, bakeries and small-scale markets. Bryn Mawr Avenue is so charming and inviting that it’s easy to spend the entire day just taking in the lost era atmosphere. Bryn Mawr may have landmark status, but it’s not the only block in this Chicago neighborhood to attract attention for sheer beauty and natural appeal.


But before exploring the rest of the Lakewood-Balmoral neighborhood, take a morning stroll down Bryn Mawr and grab a cup of coffee at Flourish Bakery Café. This retro pastry shop has everything from sweet red velvet cakes to savory ham and cheese breakfast croissants. From there you can check out the neighborhood’s first playlot, constructed in 1971. This lot known as Bromann Park is a delight to the community with its kid-friendly, soft surface play area and complete set of climbing equipment, including slides and swings.

Just south of Bryn Mawr is Coffee Chicago where you’ll find plenty of students and young professionals on laptops. In addition to freshly roasted coffee and decadent pastries, the shop offers free WiFi and an outdoor patio. The café even provides entertainment on Friday nights with an open mic, starting at 8 p.m.

Staying true to history, many of the homes in Lakewood-Balmoral appear just as they did in the early 1900s with old-fashioned lamp posts lining the subdued streets. Lakewood-Balmoral’s residential blocks are made up of single-family condos, vintage homes and courtyard apartment buildings. Over the years, more and more people began to realize the impeccable charm of this historic Chicago neighborhood and as a result, real estate prices have seen a steady increase. A one bedroom in Lakewood-Balmoral runs around $200,000 and the average price for a detached single-family home (with two or three bedrooms) averages in the low $700,000s. These prices aren’t out of character for the north side of Chicago, but if you’ve got your eye on one of those vintage gems, prepare to pay over $1 million.

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Dining in Lakewood-Balmoral

5101 N Clark St
Cuisine: Seafood
Cafe Boost
5400 N. Clark
Cusine: Cafe
1116 1/2 Bryn Mawr
Cuisine: Asian
China Star Chinese Restaurant
1126 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Cuisine: Asian
Edgewater Beach Cafe
5545 N Sheridan Rd
Cuisine: American
Edgewater Lounge Bar
5600 N. Ashland
Francesca's on Taylor
1039 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Cuisine: Italian
Kopi A Travelers Cafe
5317 N Clark St
Cuisine: Vegetarian
La Donna
5146 N Clark St
Cuisine: Italian
Madrigal's Bar
5316 N. Clark
Ollie's Bar
1064 W. Berwyn
5525 N. Broadway
Cuisine: French
1754 W Balmoral Ave
Cuisine: American
Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant
5846 N Broadway
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Zaky Means Delicious
5204 N Clark St.
Cuisine: Middle Eastern 

Resources in Lakewood-Balmoral

Kindred Chicago Lakeshore
6130 N. Sheridan
Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library
1210 W. Elmhurst

Entertainment in Lakewood-Balmoral

Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark
Edgewater Farmer's Market
Broadway & Thorndale

Shopping in Lakewood-Balmoral

Broadway Antique Mart
6130 N. Broadway
Gethsemane Garden Center
5739 N. Clark
Paper Trail
5309 N. Clark
5225 N. Clark
The Acorn Antiques & Uniques
5241 N. Clark
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark
1118 W. Berwyn
Griffen & Gargoyles
2140 W. Lawrence
Perfume Counter, Inc.
1500  Balmoral
1750 W. Balmoral
5301 N. Clark
Studio 90
5239 N. Clark
5216 N. Clark
Las Manos Gallery
5220 N. Clark
American Hands
5211 N. Clark
5241 N. Clark
Musicians Network
5505 N. Clark
5301 N. Clark

Schools in Lakewood-Balmoral

Hayt Elementary
1518 W. Granville
Jose Marti Bilingual Education
5126 N. Kenmore
Lake Shore Schools
5611 N. Clark
North Side Catholic Academy
5525 N. Magnolia
Peirce Elementary
1423 W. Bryn Mawr
Sacred Heart Schools
650 N. Sheridan
Senn High School
5900 N. Glenwood
St. Gregory's Grade School
1643 W. Bryn Mawr
St. Gregory's High School
1677 W. Bryn Mawr
Swift Elementary
5900 N. Winthrop
Trumbull Elementary
5200 N. Ashland
Westbridge Academy
1610 W. Highland