Business Districts

Explore the energy and culture found in Berwyn’s business districts.

roosavelt-roadRoosevelt Road is an entertainment and dining destination with nationally known live music venues like FitzGerald’s Nightclub and Wire and juke-joints serving up everything from country and rock to jazz and blues. Dine no matter what you’re craving from Michelin-rated to hometown eats.
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cermak-roadOnce known as the “Bohemian Wall Street” due to the large number of savings and loans located here, Berwyn’s Cermak Road is now an eclectic mix of retail and restaurants including Frank Thomas’s Big Hurt Brewhouse and green energy powerhouse Cermak Plaza.
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depot-districtBerwyn’s quaint, walkable city center extends across both sides of the Metra Line with a mix of independent shops, restaurants and lounges and access to parks. Enjoy great food at spots like La Notte Cafe and nightlife at stops like Olive or Twist Martini Bar and Hookah Buzz. Visitors can choose from a variety of transportation options.
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ogden-aveOgden Avenue is Berwyn’s stretch of US Route 66 – the Mother Road – designed for automobiles when the car was king. Today Rte 66 is celebrated at the Berwyn Route 66 Museum, the annual Rte 66 Car Show, at restaurants like Cigars & Stripes and Paisans Pizzeria or just around the corner with live music at Harlem Avenue Lounge.
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Bungalows & Architecture

Berwyn has been nicknamed “Beautiful Berwyn” and the “City of Homes” for its tree-lined streets and high quality homes. Our neighborhoods have an outstanding assortment of homes in a variety of distinct architectural styles, including sturdy brick bungalows, stately Victorian “painted ladies,” American four-squares, English Tudors, and Prairie School – and all for unbeatable prices.

Born in a rich history, Berwyn has the most significant collection of Chicago-style bungalows in the nation today and  recently inspired Bungalow Appreciation Week within the State of Illinois. Berwyn’s bungalow has also been honored as “Chicagoland’s Greatest Treasure” by American Bungalow magazine, and This Old House magazine named Berwyn “Best Neighborhood for Bungalows” nationally. Be sure to save the date for the Berwyn Historical Society’s annual Historic Berwyn Bungalow Tour in September for a taste of what we have to offer.

Residents of Berwyn enjoy some of the finest and most affordable housing available in the Chicagoland area. Predominantly single-family homes, the residential neighborhoods present a pleasant blend of old and new, situated along quiet tree-lined streets with meticulously maintained lawns and gardens. In addition, there are handsome multi-unit apartment complexes constructed in the early 1900s. A wonderful place to live, work and raise a family, generation after generation continue to call Berwyn their home.

Parks & Recreation

Berwyn boasts 23 parks facilities and over 500 activities. With not one, but two, park districts, a recreation department and an active public library, your options are practically endless. Whether you’ve got toddlers or teens, there’s enough to keep them busy year-round – indoors or out.

Take a fitness or self-defense class or join a sports league to get in shape and meet your neighbors. Perform some art with the help of a ballroom or Salsa class, learn to play the piano or caribbean drums, or take in a play at the critically-acclaimed 16th Street Theater.

For families, Berwyn offers an array of activities, including soccer leagues and camps; public pools, skate and water parks; martial arts classes; summer day camps; before & after school programs; arts & crafts; music & performing arts classes; summer reading programs; and teen gaming clubs.

Check out these dynamic organizations that help keep our community fit and active!