Its name referring to a former portage between the Chicago and Des Plaines rivers, Portage Park is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago. Landmark features include the Six Corners shopping district at Irving Park, Cicero and Milwaukee, as well as its namesake park along Irving Park Road.
During the 1920s, Portage Park grew at a rapid pace, with developers taking advantage of improved roads and streetcars to lure people to the neighborhood. The area filled in with housing. Bungalows sprouted up across the community and to this day remain a major architectural feature of the area.
As time went on the Six Corners shopping district (Cicero/Milwaukee/Irving Park) became a draw for shoppers across the Northwest Side. Construction of an ultra-modern Sears store in the 1930s spurred the growth of the district into one of Chicago’s densest outlying shopping areas. Six Corners continues to be one of the most architecturally distinctive and walkable shopping districts in Chicago.
Portage Park continues to serve as a shopping magnet for the Northwest Side, as well as an ethnically diverse community with beautiful bungalows and other distinctive housing.