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Portage Park neighborhood guide

Explore historic theaters and hang out at the real Six Corners intersection in Portage Park


By Zach Long

Posted: Thursday March 2 2017


Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Located on a piece of land that was frequently used by Native Americans as a route to carry canoes between the Des Plaines and Chicago Rivers, Portage Park is still a crossroads of sorts. The Northwest Side neighborhood is centered around its namesake park and the Six Corners intersection (not to be confused with the Wicker Park intersection that has taken the same name), marking the halfway point between the Loop and O'Hare. Known for its ornate movie theaters and bungalow-style homes, the area has become a popular spot for new development and Blue Line commuters. Familiarize yourself with Portage Park's best restaurants, attractions and shops with the help of our neighborhood guide.

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