A Hidden Gem
Like Sheridan Park, Margate Park and Little Vietnam, Buena Park is part of the greater Uptown neighborhood though it predates it by a number of years. Buena Park is well-located along Lake Michigan just north of Lakeview and is bound by Montrose Avenue, Irving Park Road, Graceland Cemetery and Lake Shore Drive. There are two zip codes in Buena Park – 60613 and 60640.
The Hutchinson Street Historic District, a tree-lined enclave of gorgeous Buena Park homes. Here you’ll find a wonderful collection of prairie-style mansions. Today these grand mansions stand in the shadows of high rise condos that have been built nearby. Those living in Buena Park today know this makes for an interesting dynamic.
Buena Park was developed beginning in 1887 by Robert A. Waller who subdivided his property into large building lots. The site of the original Waller home now holds St. Mary of the Lake church which was built in 1917. Buena Park can be easily accessed from the Sheridan stop on the CTA’s Red Line. The neighborhood offers residents easy access to all that nearby Uptown and Lakeview have to offer.