Woodlawn

This area was first settled in the 1850s by Dutch farmers that harvested and sold their produce to many merchants in the city of Chicago.  In the year 1861 the area was annexed into the Hyde Park Township area.  The area remained as a small rural town with scattered farmers …

West Town

West Town was first discovered and settled from East Village all the way east through the River West neighborhood.  This area just east of Wood Street was officially annexed into the city of Chicago in 1837. This whole area has become a cultural mix and this all began in the …

West Pullman

This area came to be first settled in 1852 when railroad lines were laid through here and German, Irish, Scandinavian and even New Yorkers came to settle these lands and built a town they called “Calumet Junction,” a short time later it was renamed “Kensington.”  Kensington became well known over …

West Garfield Park

This area was settled by various farmers in the middle part of the 19th century but no major society was set up.  In 1869 the area was annexed into the city of Chicago, and by 1870 this area was named “Central Park.” In the year 1873 the North Western Railway …

West Englewood

This area was first settled right after the Illinois & Michigan Canal construction was finished in 1848 as German and Swedish farmers came to this area of swamps and Oak trees.  In the year 1850 this area became a part of Lake Township. In the year 1852 the German and …

Washington Park

The Washington Park neighborhood was first settled right after the Union Stock Yards opened on Christmas day 1865.  Irish and German immigrants settled in this area in the later 1860s and the 1870s that took up employment in the stock yard and the railroad.  This area was a part of the …

Washington Heights

This area was settled in the 1830s decade by Irish and German farmers and the area remained rural until the 1860s when railroad workers settled here between 1864 and 1865 which added more residents to this rural area. In the year 1866 Willis M. Hitt and Laurin P. Hilliard bought …

Uptown

Conrad Sulzer first settled the area in the area now known as Buena Park at present day Montrose and Clark.  The “Graceland Cemetery” that was built in 1860 was also designated to be a park like area for Chicagoans to come and enjoy the outdoor leisure feel of this park.  …

South Shore

This area was first settled in the year 1856 by German farmer Ferdinand Rohn who built a farm where 71 Street and Lake Michigan meets and used the trails in the area to transport his crops. In the year 1861 the area was annexed into Hyde Park Township, regardless, there …

South Deering

This area was first discovered by European settlers in the year 1845 and after that there was not much settlement as the area just roads for travelers to pass through.  It was not until 1875 that this area would build up once Joseph H. Brown Iron and Steel Company and …