What’s it like to live in Buena Park?
See our FAQ below!
Where is Buena Park?
Buena Park is a neighborhood situated within the southern end of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. To the west is the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field and directly east is Lake Michigan. The neighborhood is bounded by Montrose Avenue to the north, Irving Park Road to the south, Graceland Cemetery to the West and Lake Shore Drive to the east.
How would you describe Buena Park?
Buena Park is the hidden gem by the lake, a classic Chicago neighborhood that is architecturally significant and culturally diverse. Not as densely populated as other neighborhoods, there is breathing room here.
How far is Buena Park from the Loop?
Buena Park is 6.6 miles north of Chicago’s Loop, nestled next to Lincoln Park.
How walkable is Buena Park?
Buena Park is very walkable, with an 86 Walk Score®.
How bike friendly is Buena Park?
Buena Park is a biker’s paradise, with 90 on the Bike Score®
The lakefront bike path along our eastern border allows for miles of riding uninterrupted by streets or car traffic.
How is public transportation between Buena Park and the rest of Chicago?
Buena Park is well served by the CTA with two Red Line Stations Sheridan and Wilson (Red and Purple lines) and multiple bus routes. Four express buses ply Marine Drive and the Outer Drive throughout the day.
The Wilson station’s recent $205 million renovation, and designation as a rush-hour Purple Line stop, means that getting to Howard (a major transit hub), Evanston and Skokie is a breeze.
For shorter trips, the Sheridan, Broadway, Irving Park, Montrose, and Clark buses connect to the rest of the city.
Montrose Harbor is a 10 minute walk from Buena Park. What else goes on there?
About 10-minutes farther east from the Yacht Club, the Magic Hedge Bird Sanctuary is a delight for birders and anyone who appreciates experiencing unadulterated nature so close to the city.
The Dock at Montrose Beach features live music, drinks and food every summer night.
What about other outdoor activities? Swimming? Golfing? Sailing? Birding?
Buena Park abuts Lincoln Park to the east, with a wealth of outdoor activities
The Chicago Park District’s Sydney Marovitz Golf Course is a 15-minute walk through the park. It’s a great place to cross-country ski when we have snow.
Take your pick of Chicago’s beaches. It’s a short stroll to Montrose Beach or ride your bike to numerous other public beaches
How do I become a Member of the Buena Park Neighbors Association?
Go to our Join Us page and sign up online!
For a complete directory of the local businesses and restaurants, go to the Uptown United business directory.
If you would like to get to know the neighborhood better, we recommend taking a self-guided walking tour of Buena Park. Visit our Buena Park Walking Tour Page.
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Buena Park History
Buena Park was founded by real estate businessman James Waller in 1890. James built a large home for his family on the north side of Chicago known as Buena House, and developed the surrounding area into what is known today as the Buena Park neighborhood. The historically significant architecture in the neighborhood landed Buena Park on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 due mainly to the Hutchinson Street Historic District, a tree-lined stretch featuring mansions featuring some of the best Prairie-style architecture in the city.
Founded in 1997, Buena Park Neighbors is the local neighborhood organization and one of the most active neighborhood groups in the city. Each year we sponsor and host the Buena Park Neighbors Summer Event at the Corinthian Yacht Club on Lake Michigan’s Montrose Harbor. Go to our Events Page or follow Buena Park Neighbors on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all our community events.