The neighborhood known as North Center refers to a neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. Boundaries of North Center are Addison on the south, Montrose on the north, the Chicago River on the west and Ashland and Clark (north of Irving Park Road) on the east. Northcenter has grown since the 1870s when the area was only accessible by the Chicago River and Little Fort Road (now known as Lincoln Avenue). North Center is considered a vibrant neighborhood with an eclectic mix of retailers, restaurants, live music, live theater, and service-oriented businesses.
North Centerâ€™s history is deeply rooted in European cultural influences, and that history can be seen in the architectural charm of the homes and buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Also during this time, the Selig Polyscope Company produced some of America’s earliest motion pictures and was based in Chicago. Along Byron Street near Oakley Ave and Western Ave, historic production buildings of the company are still standing and being used as residences and retail businesses. The neighborhood continues to grow and become more culturally diverse. The neighborhood includes bowling alleys, three city parks – including an indoor ice arena, a nearby library, a nearby movie theater complex, and North Center Town Square. The North Center Chamber of Commerce hosts many free family and community events throughout the year. Northcenter Town Square is also home to a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from June to October.
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