Historic Buena Park, the hidden gem by the lake, 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 the Buena Park neighborhood.
In 1896, the North Shore Suburban newspaper reported that Buena Park was one of “The Imperial Suburbs of Chicago,” “a suburb famed no less for its natural beauty than for its refined, intellectual citizens.” Between 1900 and 1930, Buena Park took on a more densely settled character; the neighborhood of “fine homes” became the neighborhood of fine homes and fine apartments.
Below are a few articles to learn more about the rich history of Buena Park:
Uptown Chicago History
National Register of Historic Places – Buena Park Historic District (1.3mb PDF)
Historic Hutchinson Street (4.1mb PDF)
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Buena Park Borders
This classic Chicago neighborhood is architecturally significant, culturally diverse and minutes from downtown and the lake. We are at the southern end of Uptown and just north of Wrigley Field. Our rich architectural heritage earned us a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Nearly 12,000 Chicagoans call Buena Park home.