This northwest side nabe may have been haven to Chicago’s top mobsters back in the day, but now all that remains in Montclare from the underworld are the beautiful Tudors and Victorians bosses once called home. Real estate here runs larger than most urban residential nabes, making Montclare much more reminiscent of the suburbs surrounding Chicago than the city itself. Present day Montclare embraces the Chicago Shriners Hospital for Children within its borders and the many universities nearby.
Montclare Articles and Reviews
Montclare's past its prime, but it's still pretty nice
montclare is a typical chicago suburb with some cool architecture, a diverse population, and a tinge of glory days gone by. Not my top pick for living, but I can see a family being happy here.
nice little suburb with a solid vibe
very suburban area. historic vibe in this place is cool. Montclare’s homes to some inudstries that have been around forever (you know, the kind you wouldn’t worry too much about investing stock in), which is comfortable and gives the place a sense of stability. Dining here is a little limited, but like most nice suburban places, there’s a few options that will keep you pretty happy on night when you’re too exhausted to cook.
Quiet immigrant enclave
Over a third of Montclare residents were born in another country, mostly Poland, Russia, Ireland, and the Ukraine, although there is a growing Mexican community within the area as well. The area is historically blue collar and down-to-earth and its suburban feel makes it ideal for families. A few excellent private schools dot the area. It’s a long commute to downtown, but residents do have access to a Metra line.