Our community is central to all of our efforts at Paul House. It is the connections between residents, the individual attention from staff members and our extensive ties with the medical community that make this such a rewarding, attentive and effective health center. We are also a historic pillar of Irving Park, one of the most vibrant, welcoming communities on the north side of Chicago.
Paul House has been around for a century, but Irving Park itself has been around considerably longer. At first, its large, well-built homes provided refuge for affluent city dwellers. Over the years, it was annexed into Chicago. By the beginning of the 20th century, it had started to take on more of the character that we know and love today.
These days, Irving Park is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. People of all backgrounds and all ages live together, so there is plenty for everyone in almost every regard. We’re close to places to shop, have fun, eat out and be with family. Paul House is also surrounded by schools, many of which partner with us to encourage inter-generational interactions and volunteerism.
As for the natural setting, our center is extremely close to several treasured parks and community recreation centers. Just around the corner, along the banks of the north branch of the Chicago River, the McFetridge Sports Center provides a year-round venue for family activities — as well as a no-bus, no-fuss voting center. Weather permitting, we have our Rocking and Rolling Club. This group goes on outdoor strolls in the 55-acre Horner Park, just one block away down California.
What would community be without family and friends? Paul House’s address at 3800 North California is only a couple of blocks from Irving Park Road. That means both the Kennedy and the Edens are convenient ways to drive in. Lake Shore Drive is also a great option if you are staying in the Loop. For public transportation, the CTA Brown Line, several busses and two Metra lines service Irving Park. Just remember that the main thoroughfares and transit lines tend to get a little congested on Cubs game days.
For entertainment, many of the local businesses are equipped to accommodate relaxed family outings. Paul House has been a pillar of the community for 100 years, so all of the local shops and restaurants that surround our center welcome our residents enthusiastically. For more of an adventure, the Loop is a brief cab ride away.
We encourage you to come down at any time and get a feel for the neighborhood. For something a little more structured, please call us at 773-478-4222 for an appointment. We’ll show you around Paul House first, and then give you some ideas on what to see in the area.