Community areas of Chicago

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The City of Chicago is divided into seventy-seven community areas. Census data are tied to the community areas, and they serve as the basis for a variety of urban planning initiatives on both the local and regional levels.

The University of Chicago defined seventy-five community areas during the late 1920s, which at that time corresponded roughly to neighborhoods within the city. In the 1950s, with the city's annexations for O'Hare airport, a seventy-sixth community area was added. Other than the creation of the seventy-seventh community area in 1980 (by separating #77 Edgewater from #3 Uptown), boundaries have never been revised to reflect change but instead have been kept relatively stable to allow comparisons of these areas over time.

Today many of the community areas no longer correspond to any single neighborhood, and some community area names have fallen out of colloquial use. In many cases, the actual character of the community area is quite independent of that of the individual neighborhoods which comprise it.

Community Area designations are useful more than merely as a historical curiosity because they are considered more durable than the names of neighborhoods, which can change over time due to urban redevelopment, gentrification and the constant shuffle and absorption of the immigrant population.

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A full list in numerical order and map is available below.


[edit] Areas

City of Chicago community numbering map

Following is a list of the Chicago Community Areas by community area number (see map).

01 Rogers Park 21 Avondale 41 Hyde Park 61 New City
02 West Ridge 22 Logan Square 42 Woodlawn 62 West Elsdon
03 Uptown 23 Humboldt Park 43 South Shore 63 Gage Park
04 Lincoln Square 24 West Town 44 Chatham 64 Clearing
05 North Center 25 Austin 45 Avalon Park 65 West Lawn
06 Lake View 26 West Garfield Park 46 South Chicago 66 Chicago Lawn
07 Lincoln Park 27 East Garfield Park 47 Burnside 67 West Englewood
08 Near North Side 28 Near West Side 48 Calumet Heights 68 Englewood
09 Edison Park 29 North Lawndale 49 Roseland 69 Greater Grand Crossing
10 Norwood Park 30 South Lawndale 50 Pullman 70 Ashburn
11 Jefferson Park 31 Lower West Side 51 South Deering 71 Auburn Gresham
12 Forest Glen 32 Loop 52 East Side 72 Beverly
13 North Park 33 Near South Side 53 West Pullman 73 Washington Heights
14 Albany Park 34 Armour Square 54 Riverdale 74 Mount Greenwood
15 Portage Park 35 Douglas 55 Hegewisch 75 Morgan Park
16 Irving Park 36 Oakland 56 Garfield Ridge 76 O'Hare
17 Dunning 37 Fuller Park 57 Archer Heights 77 Edgewater
18 Montclare 38 Grand Boulevard 58 Brighton Park
19 Belmont Cragin 39 Kenwood 59 McKinley Park
20 Hermosa 40 Washington Park 60 Bridgeport

[edit] Alternate geographic breakdowns

[edit] Parishes

Another method of neighborhood nomenclature in heavily Catholic neighborhoods of Chicago has been to refer to communities in terms of parishes. For example, one might say, "I live in St. Gertrude's, but he's from Saint Ita's." Some of these designations have come into common parlance as developers have used them to market new gentrifying areas such as "St. Ben's", a neighborhood found on the Chicago Realtor Association's official Chicago Neighborhood map. Chicago's 'Polish Patches' are also named after the historically Polish church located in the vicinity.

[edit] Wards

Since 1923, the City of Chicago has been divided into 50 City Council Aldermanic wards.[1] Each of the 50 areas is represented on the City council by one Alderman and in many social, political and economic contexts, it is reasonable to describe what part of Chicago one is from by who one's alderman is or what ward one lives in. However, using wards as the basis for comparing areas of the city over time has limited utility, due to the fact that the wards need to be redistricted every ten years. The current ward boundaries are mapped here.

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ "Encyclopedia of Chicago Government, City of Chicago". Chicago Historical Society. Retrieved on 2007-01-18. 

[edit] External links

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