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Neighborhood Spotlight: Six Corners, Chicago

Neighborhood Spotlight: Six Corners, Chicago

Six Corners, home to an AmeriCash Loans store, is located on the north side of Chicago in the Portage Park neighborhood. The area gets its name from the six-corner intersection of Irving Park Road, Cicero Avenue, and Milwaukee Avenue. Six Corners began to develop in the 1840's and has grown into one of the largest commercial shopping areas in Chicago, second only to the Loop. Whether you live in the Six Corners area or are just visiting for a day, there are lots of fun things to do and see. The neighborhood is home to a couple of famous BBQ festivals and classic Chicago architecture from every era of the city’s history.

Portage Park

Portage Park is 36.5 acres of fun and recreation for the whole family near Six Corners. The park has six tennis courts, playgrounds, an in-line skating rink, dog park, bike path, nature walk, five baseball fields and two field houses. Portage Park also has an Olympic-size pool where guests can keep cool in the summer. If you have kids, Portage Park is a great place to enroll them in an after school program, where they can participate in anything from hockey to music to woodworking. In addition, the park has tons of events and fundraisers throughout the year.

Portage Theater

The Portage Theater is one of the oldest movie houses in Chicago, dating back to December 1920. The Portage, originally the Portage Park Theater, was the first theater in the area built specifically for film. The theater has had a very tumultuous past, going through renovations, tear downs, and alterations until it was restored to its current state. The theater opened in 2006 as a single screen, 1300+ seat theater that shows silent films, classic motion pictures, and hosts a variety of other events. The facade of the theater showcases classic art-deco design to compliment the Sears at Six Corners and the Klee Brothers Building.  The Portage Theater offers a unique experience if you’re looking to see a movie or attend one of its live events or festivals.

Sears at Six Corners

The Sears at Six Corners is a Chicagoland icon. Next year, the department store will celebrate its Six Corners location’s 80th anniversary. When the store opened in October 1938, nearly 100,000 people flooded its aisles. The store was one of the first buildings to have air conditioning, and its iconic display windows and art deco facade overlook Cicero and Milwaukee Avenues. For many Portage Park residents, Sears isn’t only a department store; It’s a walk down memory lane to a time when going to Sears was a family outing. If you’re an art-deco buff, it’s worth stopping by to take in the facade and fixtures.

Klee Brothers Building

The five-story art deco Klee Building was built in 1931 by Klee Brothers, a retail establishment that sold men’s clothing and boasted about their luxury amenities. Like many buildings in the Six Corners area, the Klee Brothers Building has a tumultuous past and was ultimately repurposed. It’s now Klee Plaza, a multi-income, multi-purpose building split between retail space and condominiums. You can’t miss Klee Plaza on any visit to the Six Corners area.

6 Corners BBQ Fest

From Saturday, June 10 to Sunday, June 11 (12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.), Milwaukee Avenue will be transformed into BBQ lovers’ heaven for the 7th annual Six Corners BBQ Fest. This event is a backyard BBQ on steroids, complete with charcoal grills, fresh lemonade, and red and white checked tablecloths filling the street. Head down to the 6 Corners BBQ Fest for all of the usual fixin’s – think corn on the cob, corn-dogs, brats, sausages, and of course all the BBQ you can eat. There will also be live music and yard games. The best part is that your $5 suggested entry donation will go straight back into the Six Corners community.

National Veterans’ Art Museum

This unique art museum will give you an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the country. The Vietnam Veterans Art Group was formed in Chicago in 1981, and compiled a collection of history and art that portrayed the Vietnam War through their eyes. The exhibit toured the United States and made its way back to Chicago. Mayor Richard Daley was so personally moved by the collection that he allocated a Six Corners building to become its permanent home.

In 2003, the Museum opened its doors to artist veterans from all wars, and in 2010, the name of the Museum was changed to its current one. The mission of the museum is to inspire a greater understanding of the impact of war, especially the Vietnam War. The art in the museum is all inspired by combat and created by veterans and offers the chance to learn about war through the eyes of military personnel. The Six Corners National Veterans’ Art Museum is not to be missed and is an essential part of any Six Corners itinerary.

While you visit Six Corners, don’t forget to stop in and see your friends at the Six Corners AmeriCash Loans location. They’re happy to help you with any and all financial needs. If you don’t have the time or means to stop into a location, you can apply online and get the cash you need, fast. 

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