History & Genealogy of
Norwood Park
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Cities & Towns within Norwood Park:

Norwood Park is a community of Chicago located on the far northwest side of Chicago. Neighborhoods within Norwood Park are:

Big Oaks - located on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois. It is bounded by Foster Avenue, Nagle Avenue, Gunnison Street, and Harlem Avenue, and the suburb of Harwood Heights. Many of the city's police officers live in Big Oaks, and in recent years the area has seen an increase in the number of Polish immigrants.
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Old Norwood - a neighborhood in the Norwood Park community area of Chicago, bordered by Bryn Mawr, Avondale, and Harlem Avenues. The Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, built in 1833 and widely considered to be the oldest house Chicago, is located here at 5624 N. Newark Ave.

Oriole Park - bordered by I-90 as well as Foster, Harlem, and Canfield Avenues

Union Ridge - located on the northwest side of Chicago, bounded by Bryn Mawr, Foster, Nagle, and Harlem Avenues

Village of Harwood Heights - incorporated March 4, 1948.
Village of Norridge

NORWOOD, a village of Cook County, on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad (Wisconsin Division), 11 miles northwest of Chicago. Incorporated in City of Chicago, 1893. ["Historical Encylopedia of Illinois", 1901]

History .....

Prior to Norwood Park's incorporation in 1874, the village had a country setting far away from the bustle of the city......In 1833 Mark Noble became one of Chicago's prominent citizens when he purchased substantial acreage in Niles and Jefferson Townships. The frame house built that year by the Noble family, known today as the Noble-Seymour-Crippen house, is the oldest extant house in the city of Chicago......English farmers settled in the area in the 1830s. Over the years, Germans became the major ethnic group, along with substantial numbers of Poles and Scandinavians. The village's name followed Henry Ward Beecher's novel, Norwood: Or, Village Life in New England. The word “Park” was added after it was discovered that another post office in the state had the name of Norwood.

In 1893 the village of Norwood Park was annexed to Chicago.

Norwood Park is home to a number of institutions. The Norwegian Old People's Home was built in 1896 on the site of the old hotel; a Passionist monastery (Immaculate Conception) in 1904; the Danish Old People's Home in 1906. The Sisters of Resurrection (Roman Catholic) founded Resurrection High School in 1913, Resurrection Hospital in 1953, and Resurrection Retirement Community in 1977.
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Acacia Park, Westlawn,
Norwood Park Home Cemetery at 6505 Northwest Highway

Biographies .....

Data Online.....

1880 Mortality Index. This includes the enumeration of an institution, very possibly the Cook County Poor House of the time.

Important Addresses.....

Eisenhower Public Library
4652 N. Olcott Avenue
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
(708) 867-7828
(708) 452-8989

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