Hanson Park

Hanson Park

Hanson Park is a pint-size Chicago neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side. It has little more than 150 acres of land, a third of which is occupied by the community’s namesake park. In addition to a state-of-the art recreational spot, Hanson Park is home to three educational institutions: Prosser Career Academy High School, Northwest Middle School and Hanson Park Elementary School. While there isn’t much in the way of shopping, there is a stretch of commercial development along the neighborhood’s southern border that houses several manufacturing materials suppliers.

The official boundaries of Hanson Park neighborhood are Fullerton Avenue to the north, Laramie Avenue to the east, Central Avenue to the west and the Milwaukee District West Metra rail line to the south. Parkland monopolizes most of the community’s northwestern quadrant, offering local residents a convenient place to play sports and enjoy a bit of outdoor breathing room. The park is actually quite the destination for school athletics because it has a sizeable amateur sports stadium with artificial turf and lights for games after dark. It can accommodate thousands of fans who gather to cheer on their football, soccer, lacrosse and track & field teams.   

Eating out in Hanson Park is reserved to a few local establishments that dot Fullerton Avenue. If you go a couple blocks east there are a handful of other options, although the selection is rather limited. Most of life in Hanson Park revolves around the residential streets, where you’ll find an assortment of single- and two-story homes on green grass lots with the occasional lawn ornament here and there. Classic Chicago bungalows are also pretty prevalent in this area—noted for their sturdy brick construction, stone stoops and customary second-story dormer windows looking out over the front yard.

While Hanson Park is not directly on an L line, it does have a stop on the Metra commuter train line. The station is just west of the neighborhood’s southwest corner. It takes passengers right into downtown where they can connect with other public transportation options. The Fullerton Avenue bus provides a good route for traveling east. It’s an excellent resource for getting over to the lakefront and it goes straight to the Lincoln Park Zoo, passing lots of great dining, shopping and entertainment venues along the way.

Without all the noise and congestion of a livelier neighborhood, Hanson Park offers Chicagoans a nice, little hamlet with plenty of comfortable homes, tree-shaded yards and educational facilities for children of all ages.