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This flavorful little neighborhood is one of Chicago’s most diverse north side gems. Korean, Guatemalan and Mexican influences spill into Mayfair from the nearby Albany Park. The cultural variety is most obvious in the food. On a single street you’ll find every type of cuisine from Korean fare at Nok Yon House (try the kimchi and bi-bim-bap) to Peruvian dishes at Ay Ay Picante (go for the ceviche and seafood casserole). Less adventurous types will take comfort in Marie’s Pizza, Dining Room and Lounge, where you can grab a slice of thin-crust to go or hang out in the 1960s-style dining room. Pizza lovers with a daredevil streak should try Rasmus Pizza. The pies at this place are out of this world -- or should we say, out of the sea -- with choices like tuna, shrimp and calamari.

Some restaurants are tucked into strip malls along Mayfair’s major thoroughfares. Also housed in these mini commercial drags are drug stores, nail salons and kitschy clothing shops. But the real gems are the old-school markets including specialty groceries and international food shops that are great for stocking up on hard-to-find ingredients, sauces and brands. Among the most popular stops for specific items and ethnic tastes are The Fishguy Market, Bosnia Market and Randee’s Food Store. 


When you’re done exploring these out-of-the-ordinary culinary marts, stop by the namesake Mayfair Park. Dating back to 1913, this community lot is fully equipped with a baseball field, playgrounds, a wading pool and a fieldhouse. More recently, the park has made way for even more leisurely activities including horseshoe, shuffleboard and tennis courts.  

The housing in Mayfair offers fairly standard real estate, but don’t be fooled by the neighborhood’s downplayed exterior and understated ambiance. Rather than intricate architecture, Mayfair keeps it simple with old brick bungalows, modern townhouses and rehabbed condos. And on the vintage end of things, you’ll find one and two story brick homes and traditional frame houses with spacious front porches and neatly manicured lawns. One or two bedroom condos average below $200,000, with some topping out at $285,000. Three bedroom single-family homes have average prices in the mid $350,000s, while four bedrooms easily hit the $400,000 mark.

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Dining in Irving Park/Mayfair

3600 N. Pulaski Rd.
Golden Nugget Pancake House
4229 W Irving Park Rd
Cuisine: Breakfast
Lavilla Restaurant & Pizzeria
3632 N Pulaski Rd
Cuisine: Italian
Java Thai
4272 W Irving Park Rd
Cuisine: Thai
Jester Wennies Pulled Beef
3930 N Pulaski Rd
Cuisine: American
Number 1 Chop Suey
4307 W Irving Park Rd
Cuisine: Asian
Old Irving Park Tap Sports Bar
4217 W. Irving Park Road
Siam Taste Noodle
4323 W Addison St
Cuisine: Asian
Thai Aree House
3592 N Milwaukee Ave
Cuisine: Thai
Unforgetable Lounge
4206 W Irving Park Rd

Resources in Irving Park/Mayfair

Ravenswood Health Care Ctr
4211 N Cicero Ave # 205

Medex Inc
3217 N Kilpatrick Ave
Post Office
3319 N Cicero Ave

Entertainment in Irving Park/Mayfair

Logan Theatre
2646 N Milwaukee Ave
Granite Gallery
3430 W Henderson St
Zeitgeist Theater
Chicago Kids Co
4050 N Milwaukee Ave

Shopping in Irving Park/Mayfair

Bart's Coins & Collectibles
3939 N Pulaski Rd
Belmont Antiques
3801 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago Bibles & Books
3931 W Irving Park Rd
Euro CD Inc
3934 W School St
Millennium Polish Book Store
3265 N Milwaukee Ave
Selenis Boutique
4310 N Milwaukee Ave

Schools in Irving Park/Mayfair

Belding Elementary School
4257 N Tripp Ave
Chicago National College
3330 N Milwaukee Ave
Gourmet Soiree Inc
4039 N Harding Ave
Irving Park Middle School
3815 N Kedvale Ave
Pivot Point Intl
3901 W Irving Park Rd
Schurz High School
3601 N Milwaukee Ave
St Viator School
4140 W Addison St