Neighborhoods of Chicago

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There are around 228 named neighborhoods of Chicago.[1] The boundaries and names of these neighborhoods are not strictly defined and change as a result of gentrification and immigration. Residents and realtors tend to assign new names as neighorhoods evolve. Often, two residents of the same neighborhood, will describe different neighborhood boundaries, which may be based on zip codes, ethnic groupings, or simply personal opinion.

Chicago contains some of the most culturally rich communities in the United States. Each neighborhood maintains a strong identity and because of this, two different neighborhoods could seem like different parts of the world. One neighborhood might have multi-million dollar condominiums with a yuppie population, and another bordering neighborhood could have an impoverished immigrant ethnic contingent with street side fruit and vegetable marketplaces.

Chicago is partitioned into four main sections: Downtown (which contains the Loop), the North Side, the South Side, and the West Side. In the late 1920s, the Social Science Research Committee at the University of Chicago subdivided the city into 77 distinct community areas for a long-term population study. The boundaries of these areas are more clearly defined than those of the over 210 neighborhoods throughout the city, allowing for better year-by-year comparisons. However, the ever-changing nature of a city means that several of the designations given in the 1920s may not still be in common use.

Community areas by side


[edit] Downtown and The Loop

The downtown area covers about 3 SQ miles, lying somewhat roughly between Chicago Avenue(800N) on the north, Lake Michigan on the east, Roosevelt Road(1200S) on the south and DesPlaines(650W) Avenue on the west, serves as the city's commercial hub. The area known as The Loop, is a portion of downtown originally named for it once having been located within a circuit of cable cars. Today the name reflects the elevated train Loop which follows roughly the same path as the original cable cars. Many of downtown's commercial, cultural, and financial institutions are located in the Loop. The current CTA Elevated Loop follows Wells St on the West, Van Buren St on the South, Wabash St on the East, and Lake St on the North. The North Side is also home to the city's largest parades: the annual Christmas, Thanks Giving and the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parades, which is always held the Saturday prior to Saint Patrick's Day, unless the holiday falls on a Saturday in which case the parade is held that day.

[edit] North Side

The city's North Side (extending north of downtown along the lakefront) is the most densely populated residential section of the city. It contains public parkland and beaches stretching for miles along Lake Michigan to the city's northern border. Much of the North Side has benefited from an economic boom which began in the 1990s. For example, the River North area, located just north of the Chicago River and the Loop, has undergone a transition from a warehouse district to an active commercial, residential, and entertainment hub, featuring the nation's largest concentration of contemporary art galleries outside of Manhattan. Just north of River North's galleries and bistros, demolition of the CHA's Cabrini-Green housing project began in 2003, being replaced by upscale townhomes.[2]

[edit] South Side

The South Side (extending south of downtown along Lake Michigan) is the largest section of the city, encompassing roughly 60% of the city's land area. The section along the lake is marked with public parkland and beaches. The South Side has a higher ratio of single-family homes and also contains most of the city's industry.

Along with being the largest section of the city in terms of geography, the South Side is also home to two of the city's largest parades: the annual Bud Billiken Day parade, which is held during the second weekend of August and celebrates children returning to school, and the South Side Irish Parade, which is always held the Sunday prior to Saint Patrick's Day, unless the holiday falls on a Sunday in which case the parade is held that day.

The South Side has two of Chicago's largest public parks. Jackson Park, which hosted the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, is currently the site of the Museum of Science and Industry. The park stretches along the lakefront, linking the neighborhoods of Hyde Park and South Shore. Washington Park, which is connected to Jackson Park by the Midway Plaisance, is currently being considered as the primary site of the Olympic Stadium for the 2016 Summer Olympics if Chicago wins the bid.

[edit] West Side

The West Side (extending west of downtown) is made up of neighborhoods such as Austin, Lawndale, Garfield Park, West Town, and Humboldt Park among others. Some neighborhoods, particularly Garfield Park and Lawndale, have socio-economic problems including urban decay and crime. Other West Side neighborhoods, especially those closer to downtown, have been undergoing gentrification.

Major parks on the West Side include Douglas Park, Garfield Park, and Humboldt Park. Garfield Park Conservatory houses one of the largest collections of tropical plants of any U.S. city. Cultural attractions on the West Side include Humboldt Park's Puerto Rican Day festival, and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen.

[edit] Far North side

Chicago's far north side communities.

[edit] Rogers Park (01)

[edit] West Ridge (02)

[edit] Edgewater (77)

[edit] North side

Chicago's north side communities.

[edit] North Center (05)

[edit] Lakeview (06)

[edit] Lincoln Park (07)

[edit] Uptown (03)

[edit] Lincoln Square (04)

[edit] Northwest side

Chicago's northwest side communities.

[edit] Edison Park (09)

[edit] Norwood Park (10)

[edit] Jefferson Park (11)

[edit] Forest Glen (12)

[edit] North Park (13)

[edit] Albany Park (14)

[edit] O'Hare (76)

[edit] Avondale (21)

[edit] Logan Square (22)

[edit] Portage Park (15)

[edit] Irving Park (16)

[edit] Dunning (17)

[edit] Montclare (18)

[edit] Belmont Cragin (19)

[edit] Hermosa (20)

[edit] Central, Near North, and Near South side

Downtown Chicago including near north and near south side communities.

[edit] Near North Side (08)

[edit] Loop (32)

[edit] Near South Side (33)

[edit] West Side

Chicago's west & near west side communities.

[edit] Humboldt Park (23)

[edit] West Town (24)


[edit] Austin (25)

[edit] West Garfield Park (26)

[edit] East Garfield Park (27)

[edit] Near West Side (28)

[edit] North Lawndale (29)

[edit] South Lawndale (30)

[edit] Lower West Side (31)

[edit] Southwest side

Chicago's southwest side communities.

[edit] Garfield Ridge (56)

[edit] Archer Heights (57)

[edit] Brighton Park (58)

[edit] McKinley Park (59)

[edit] New City (61)

[edit] West Elsdon (62)

[edit] Gage Park (63)

[edit] Clearing (64)

[edit] West Lawn (65)

[edit] Chicago Lawn (66)

[edit] West Englewood (67)

[edit] Englewood (68)

[edit] South side

Chicago's south side communities.

[edit] Armour Square (34)

[edit] Douglas (35)

[edit] Oakland (36)

[edit] Fuller Park (37)

[edit] Grand Boulevard (38)

[edit] Kenwood (39)

[edit] Washington Park (40)

[edit] Hyde Park (41)

[edit] Woodlawn (42)

[edit] South Shore (43)

[edit] Bridgeport (60)

[edit] Greater Grand Crossing (69)

[edit] Far Southwest side

Chicago's far southwest side communities.

[edit] Ashburn (70)

[edit] Auburn Gresham (71)

[edit] Beverly (72)

[edit] Washington Heights (73)

[edit] Mount Greenwood (74)

[edit] Morgan Park (75)

[edit] Far Southeast Side

Chicago's far southeast side communities.

[edit] Chatham (44)

[edit] Avalon Park (45)

[edit] South Chicago (46)

[edit] Burnside (47)

[edit] Calumet Heights (48)

[edit] Roseland (49)

[edit] Pullman (50)

[edit] South Deering (51)

[edit] East Side (52)

[edit] West Pullman (53)

[edit] Riverdale (54)

[edit] Hegewisch (55)

[edit] Communities

[edit] See also

Black Belt (region of Chicago)

[edit] References

  1. ^ "Chicago Neighborhoods". City of Chicago. 2006-08-14. Retrieved on 2007-10-25. 
  2. ^ "Tearing Down Cabrini-Green". CBS News. July 23, 2003. 

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