Chestnut Hill, officially designated Philadelphia’s “Garden District” in 1998, occupies the far northwestern section of Philadelphia. Miles outside of Center City, yet easily accessible by public transportation, Chestnut Hill boasts a small town feeling filled with shopping, restaurants and examples of a variety of architectural styles. From historic stone work, to crisply-painted wood work, to rich stucco, each unique property adds character to Chestnut Hill. Cobblestone accented streets, mature trees and fabulous gardens further beautify this vibrant community.

An urban oasis, Chestnut Hill is bordered by unparalleled green space. 1800 acres of Fairmount Park and the Wissahickon Creek’s wilderness provide recreation and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The 92 acre Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania’s official arboretum, is at the center of north Chestnut Hill and dozens of museums and institutions, both public and private, maintain magnificent green space throughout Chestnut Hill. Events during the year bring the community together and visitors from all around Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs come to enjoy Chestnut Hill.

Explore all the links below for more information regarding community organizations, parks, schools and public transportation.


Fairmount Park
Friends of the Wissahickon
Morris Arboretum
Woodmere Museum
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Schuylkill River Bike Trail

Community Associations

Chestnut Hill Community Association
Chestnut Hill Historical Society
Chestnut Hill Business Association


SEPTA (Public Transportation)
Philly Car Share

Schools and Day Care

John S. Jenks School
Crefeld School
The Springside School
Chestnut Hill Academy
Norwood-Fontbonne Academy
Our Mother of Consolation Parish School
Christ Lutheran Child Care Center
Cuddles-n-Care Day Care
United Cerebral Palsy Association/Best Friends Child Care
Philadelphia Public Schools
The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential