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Welcome to the Chicago neighborhood of Noble Square, a predominantly residential area known for its unique offering of single-family homes and idyllic condominiums and apartments that span a wide range of architectural styles. Noble Square is probably best summarized in one word: charming. Located within Chicago’s West Town community area, Noble Square is bounded by Kennedy Expressway on the east, West Chicago Avenue on the south, North Ashland Avenue on the west, and West Division Street on the north. Situated immediately south of Pulaski Park and east of East Village, Noble Square is loosely anchored by square-shaped Eckhart Park. According to local historians, this 8.85-acre public green space at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Noble Street is what this neighborhood is named after. While the complete history of Noble Square is unknown, one can assume its past is similar to that of other West Town neighborhoods. The Chicago Fire of 1871 is likely responsible for the development and growth of Noble Square. Thousands of wealthy and working-class European immigrants were driven west in search of new territory to set up homes, eventually settling in an area known today as West Town. Many of these immigrants hailed from European countries like Poland and Ukraine, hence neighborhood names like Pulaski Park and Ukrainian Village. Immigrants hailing from Poland established Noble Square around this time. Their presence remained dominant in this area for most of the 20th century. While Noble Square today is a highly diverse area, remnants of this area’s Polish ties are evident most notably in the form of two large cathedrals along Noble Street. The Holy Trinity Polish Catholic Church and St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, which was once the largest parish in the United States, are some of the finest examples of Renaissance Revival architecture in West Town.
Despite its lack of acclaim compared to some of the more trendy West Town neighborhoods, Noble Square remains popular among a diverse demographic of single professionals and young families looking for a quieter urban environment. That is not to say this residential area is without bustling commercial districts. A majority of the attractions and nightlife options in this neighborhood can be found along its borders, making it convenient to walk or ride a bike to a nearby bar or restaurant no matter where you live. Serving as the main corridor into Noble Square, Milwaukee Avenue is home to art galleries, movie theaters, performing arts centers, and popular cultural attractions like the Polish Museum of America. If you are looking to experience some of West Town’s newest culinary creations, you will want to be sure to check out West Chicago Avenue. An up-and-coming foodie destination, this stretch of commercial avenue starting at Eckhart Park is home to a plethora of ethnic eateries, upscale dining establishments, and a few late-night hangouts, such as Beauty Bar Chicago and Five Star Bar, sprinkled in for good measure. Eckhart Park offers ample outdoor space and numerous public amenities, including an indoor pool and fitness center.