North Park is one of 77 well-defined community areas of the City of Chicago with a population of 18,914. It is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Home to Northeastern Illinois University and a mere 10 miles north of the Chicago Loop, North Park is an academically active neighborhood with a family focus. Peaceful North Park is a residential suburb known for green spaces like the North Park Village Nature Center, with woodland and wetlands, and LaBagh Woods, where trails follow the North Branch of the Chicago River. Laid-back global eateries and coffee shops cluster along W. Foster and W. Bryn Mawr avenues, near the Northeastern Illinois University campus. Lincoln Village shopping center has mainstream fashion stores. Living in North Park offers residents an urban suburban mix feel. In North Park there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.