The area known as Edison Park is actually within the city limits of Chicago. At one time there was consideration of the area becoming its own city and, ultimately, a suburb but it decided long ago to make itself part of the city of Chicago. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Park Ridge and Niles and is the area where many Chicago police and firemen end up living. Why? Because they are required to live within the city limits, but Edison Park is close enough to the suburbs to give it a suburban feel.
The area has undergone a kind of rebirth in the last few years. Trendy restaurants offering valet parking have opened and some bars have become quite popular. Without a doubt, the king of the bar scene in Edison Park is the Edison Park Inn.
Known as a great place to hang out on a Friday to have a drink, hang with friends or catch a game on TV, the Edison Park Inn is located on a strip right near the railroad tracks. Along that strip is another bar and a restaurant called Morrettis, and it is just beneath an ancient and tiny bowling alley know as the Edison Park Bowl.
It's a great place to hang out and a great place to meet for a drink. Just be warned that if it's a Friday or Saturday night, the place will be packed.