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East Side is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois. It is located on the far south side of the city, between the Calumet River and the Illinois-Indiana state line, approximately 13 miles south of Downtown Chicago. The neighborhood has its own park on Lake Michigan, Calumet Park, and its own forest preserve, Eggers Grove Forest Preserve, which neighborhood residents usually call Eggers Woods. It is served by U.S. Highway 12, U.S. Highway 20, and U.S. Highway 41, which are multiplexed in this neighborhood.

 

History

The East Side, until recently, was socially and economically dominated by the Calumet River and the jobs it supported. The community got its name from the river because it was located on its east bank. The river formed the once-thriving industrial Port of Chicago. A cluster of riverside docks and slips allowed materials of all sorts to be loaded and unloaded onto adjacent railroad lines, and the river itself was lined with steel mills. Republic Steel began operations here in 1901. The Republic mill was the site of frequent union unrest, culminating in the Memorial Day Massacre of 1937 and the successful drive by the United Steelworkers to organize the Chicago mills.

Many of the neighborhood's residents during this period were families of Croatian and Serbian heritage, who had emigrated from Europe to work in the steel mills and take related jobs. Especially after unionization, the neighborhood became a stronghold of the Chicago Democratic Party machine of Mayor Richard J. Daley. The neighborhood's longtime alderman, Edward Vrdolyak, became a noted Chicago "power broker" after the senior Daley's death. Today, the area still remains largely Hispanic, Serbian, Croatian, and Polish.

In the 1950s, the East Side was divided in two by the Chicago Skyway. The riverside steel mills and heavy industries went into serious decline in 1970-2000, and are no longer the mainstay of the neighborhood.[1]

Growing Suburban Qualities

Many of the older houses are in the unique-to-Chicago bungalow style, though some parts of the East Side are notable for their newer grandiose like houses and suburban feel. Today, the East Side is steadily redeveloping with new homes being built, grocery chains such as Aldi entering the community, and the redevelopment of Lake Pointe Plaza. Currently, there are proposed plans to complete the East Side neighborhood's lakefront shoreline with the development of 140 acres of new parkland which will include an expansion of the existing Calument Park and Beach and extension of the existing lakefront bicycle and running path to the proposed new lakefront parklands in the adjacent South Chicago neighborhood to its north. The future completion of Chicago's southern Lakefront will result in the connection of Calumet Park to Rainbow Beach, South Shore Cultural Center, and Jackson Park with its 18 Hole Golf Course which is part of the Chicago Park District. It will also unify the residents of these neighborhoods both geographically, recreationally, and socially.

Boundaries

East Side is bounded by Calumet River to the North and West, State Line Road (4100 E) to the East, and 126th street (12600 S) to the South.

Schools

East Side is served by both Catholic and Chicago Public Schools. Taylor Elementary, Gallistel Elementary, Jane Addams Elementary and Washington Elementary are among the public elemantary schools. George Washington High School is the neighborhood public high school. Annunciata Grammar School is the neighborhood's Catholic, private school and St. Francis De Sales is the neighborhood's Catholic, private high school. Many students of the East Side are enrolled in schools outside of the neighborhood. These may include Bishop Noll Institute in nearby Hammond, Indiana, Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, Mount Carmel High School and Mother McAuley High School.

Public transportation

East Side is Metra territory, as the nearest Chicago Transit Authority train station is the 95th/Dan Ryan station on the Red Line, 7 miles northwest of the neighborhood. Residents utilize the Metra Electric station at 93rd street (9300 S, 3300 E) (in South Chicago), and the South Shore Line at Hegewisch/136th street. The Chicago Skyway has been refurbished and privatized. At night it's beautifully lighted outline gives the feel of bridge expanse and, in fact, it does span the Calumet River. The area's edges have been outfitted with landscaped terraces and "pocket parks" have been installed at the intersection of Ewing Avenue and Indianapolis Boulevard - one right under the Skyway, complete with decorative benches and ornamental lamp lighting (it serves as a rest stop for cyclers) and the other across the boulevard with a working ornamental fountain. The Burnham Greenway Trail travels along this section under the Skyway, traverses the boulevard and runs along briefly impeded stretches of greenspace right into the south suburban communities of Burnham and Calumet City.

East Side is also served by three CTA bus routes:

  • 26 - South Shore Express
  • 30 - South Chicago
  • 100 - Jeffery Manor

EasyGo Lake Transit Red and Green regional bus routes stop near 106th Street/Ewing Avenue intersection Monday-Saturday, allowing riders to travel to Hammond, Munster and Dyer and Whitting, East Chicago, Hammond, Highland and Schererville, respectively.

Trivia

At the northeastern corner of the neighborhood, close to lake Michigan, stands a stone obelisk Illinois-Indiana State Line Boundary Marker to mark the northern end of the surveyed boundary line that separates Illinois and Indiana. Most of the streets going north and south are named after the alphabet, with Avenue B closest to the Indiana state line and Avenue O closer to the Calumet River. The neighborhood is sometimes often called "Alphabet Town," like Manhattan's Alphabet City.[citation needed]

The road which should have been called "Avenue A" is named State Line Road.

The northern portion of East Side between the Calumet River and Lake Michigan gave the community the nickname of "The Island".[citation needed]

The bubble-gum pop song The Night Chicago Died refers to the East Side of Chicago, confusing even native Chicagoans who have never heard of the East Side. It is likely the band (Paper Lace), being from Nottingham, England, had no knowledge of Chicago geography and simply used "East Side" out of ignorance.[citation needed]

East Side is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois. It is located on the far south side of the city, between the Calumet River and the Illinois-Indiana state line, approximately 13 miles south of Downtown Chicago. The neighborhood has its own park on Lake Michigan, Calumet Park, and its own forest preserve, Eggers Grove Forest Preserve, which neighborhood residents usually call Eggers Woods. It is served by U.S. Highway 12, U.S. Highway 20, and U.S. Highway 41, which are multiplexed in this neighborhood.

History

The East Side, until recently, was socially and economically dominated by the Calumet River and the jobs it supported. The community got its name from the river because it was located on its east bank. The river formed the once-thriving industrial Port of Chicago. A cluster of riverside docks and slips allowed materials of all sorts to be loaded and unloaded onto adjacent railroad lines, and the river itself was lined with steel mills. Republic Steel began operations here in 1901. The Republic mill was the site of frequent union unrest, culminating in the Memorial Day Massacre of 1937 and the successful drive by the United Steelworkers to organize the Chicago mills.

Many of the neighborhood's residents during this period were families of Croatian and Serbian heritage, who had emigrated from Europe to work in the steel mills and take related jobs. Especially after unionization, the neighborhood became a stronghold of the Chicago Democratic Party machine of Mayor Richard J. Daley. The neighborhood's longtime alderman, Edward Vrdolyak, became a noted Chicago "power broker" after the senior Daley's death. Today, the area still remains largely Hispanic, Serbian, Croatian, and Polish.

In the 1950s, the East Side was divided in two by the Chicago Skyway. The riverside steel mills and heavy industries went into serious decline in 1970-2000, and are no longer the mainstay of the neighborhood.[1]

Growing Suburban Qualities

Many of the older houses are in the unique-to-Chicago bungalow style, though some parts of the East Side are notable for their newer grandiose like houses and suburban feel. Today, the East Side is steadily redeveloping with new homes being built, grocery chains such as Aldi entering the community, and the redevelopment of Lake Pointe Plaza. Currently, there are proposed plans to complete the East Side neighborhood's lakefront shoreline with the development of 140 acres of new parkland which will include an expansion of the existing Calument Park and Beach and extension of the existing lakefront bicycle and running path to the proposed new lakefront parklands in the adjacent South Chicago neighborhood to its north. The future completion of Chicago's southern Lakefront will result in the connection of Calumet Park to Rainbow Beach, South Shore Cultural Center, and Jackson Park with its 18 Hole Golf Course which is part of the Chicago Park District. It will also unify the residents of these neighborhoods both geographically, recreationally, and socially.

Boundaries

East Side is bounded by Calumet River to the North and West, State Line Road (4100 E) to the East, and 126th street (12600 S) to the South.

Schools

East Side is served by both Catholic and Chicago Public Schools. Taylor Elementary, Gallistel Elementary, Jane Addams Elementary and Washington Elementary are among the public elemantary schools. George Washington High School is the neighborhood public high school. Annunciata Grammar School is the neighborhood's Catholic, private school and St. Francis De Sales is the neighborhood's Catholic, private high school. Many students of the East Side are enrolled in schools outside of the neighborhood. These may include Bishop Noll Institute in nearby Hammond, Indiana, Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, Mount Carmel High School and Mother McAuley High School.

Public transportation

East Side is Metra territory, as the nearest Chicago Transit Authority train station is the 95th/Dan Ryan station on the Red Line, 7 miles northwest of the neighborhood. Residents utilize the Metra Electric station at 93rd street (9300 S, 3300 E) (in South Chicago), and the South Shore Line at Hegewisch/136th street. The Chicago Skyway has been refurbished and privatized. At night it's beautifully lighted outline gives the feel of bridge expanse and, in fact, it does span the Calumet River. The area's edges have been outfitted with landscaped terraces and "pocket parks" have been installed at the intersection of Ewing Avenue and Indianapolis Boulevard - one right under the Skyway, complete with decorative benches and ornamental lamp lighting (it serves as a rest stop for cyclers) and the other across the boulevard with a working ornamental fountain. The Burnham Greenway Trail travels along this section under the Skyway, traverses the boulevard and runs along briefly impeded stretches of greenspace right into the south suburban communities of Burnham and Calumet City.

East Side is also served by three CTA bus routes:

  • 26 - South Shore Express
  • 30 - South Chicago
  • 100 - Jeffery Manor

Economic Data for Zip Code 60617

Household Income Graph

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  • 200k+

Note: Household Income figures are based on total household income.

* All numbers in this section are 2016 projections provided by Geolytics Inc

Demographics Data for Zip Code 60617

  • 6895
  • 7175
  • 6477
  • 6034
  • 6059
  • 6100
  • 5853
  • 5519
  • 5226
  • 5063
  • 4801
  • 4475
  • 3928
  • 3241
  • 2535
  • 1725
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  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
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  • 45-49
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  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80-84
  • 85+

* All numbers in this section are 2016 projections provided by Geolytics Inc

Population Data for Zip Code 60617

  • 84,155
  • 83,761
  • 85,573
  • 2012 Census
  • 2014 Estimated
  • 2019 Projected

Households

  • Total (2010 Census):28,960
  • Estimated (Present):28,715
  • Projected (2019):29,040
  • Household Change (2010-Present) -0.85%
  • Household Change (2010-2017) 0.28%

Notes:

  • Figures in the Population Change graph represent total population for the zip code.
  • Estimated Change 2014 shows the percentage of population change between the 2012 Census and 2014.
  • Projected Change 2019 shows the projected percentage of population change between the 2012 Census and 2019.

* All numbers in this section are 2016 projections provided by Geolytics Inc

Public Schools in Zip Code 60617

  • Name
  • District
  • Grades
  • Address
  • City
  • Students
  • BOWEN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES HS
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • 9th-12th
  • 2710 EAST 89TH ST
  • CHICAGO
  • 326
  • CHICAGO DISCOVERY ACADEMY HS
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • 9th-12th
  • 2710 EAST 89TH ST
  • CHICAGO
  • 580
  • CHICAGO VOCATIONAL CAREER ACAD HS
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • 9th-12th
  • 2100 EAST 87TH ST
  • CHICAGO
  • 1,635
  • GLOBAL VISIONS HIGH SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • 9th-12th
  • 2710 EAST 89TH ST
  • CHICAGO
  • 258
  • LAS CASAS OCCUPATIONAL HS
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • 9th-12th
  • 8401 SOUTH SAGINAW AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 0
  • NEW MILLENIUM HEALTH HIGH SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • 9th-12th
  • 2710 EAST 89TH ST
  • CHICAGO
  • 318
  • WASHINGTON G HIGH SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • 9th-12th
  • 3535 EAST 114TH ST
  • CHICAGO
  • 1,537

  • CHICAGO VOC ACHIEVEMENT ACAD HS
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • 9th-10th
  • 2100 EAST 87TH ST
  • CHICAGO
  • 235

  • ADDAMS ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 10810 SOUTH AVE H
  • CHICAGO
  • 886
  • BRIGHT ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 10740 SOUTH CALHOUN AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 305
  • BUCKINGHAM SPECIAL EDUCATION CTR
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • 2nd-8th
  • 9207 SOUTH PHILLIPS AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 0
  • BURNHAM ELEM INCLUSIVE ACADEMY
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 1903 EAST 96TH ST
  • CHICAGO
  • 281
  • CALDWELL ELEM ACAD OF MATH & SCI
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 8546 SOUTH CREGIER
  • CHICAGO
  • 395
  • COLES ELEM LANGUAGE ACADEMY
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 8441 SOUTH YATES BLVD
  • CHICAGO
  • 651
  • DAVIS EARLY CHILDHOOD DEV CENTER
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-PreK
  • 9101 SOUTH JEFFERY AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 86
  • EARHART ELEM OPT FOR KNOWL SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 1710 EAST 93RD ST
  • CHICAGO
  • 281
  • GALLISTEL ELEM LANGUAGE ACADEMY
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 10347 SOUTH EWING AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 1,408
  • HOYNE ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 8905 SOUTH CRANDON AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 344
  • LAWRENCE ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 9928 SOUTH CRANDON AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 479
  • MANN ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 8050 SOUTH CHAPPEL AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 670
  • MARSH ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 9810 SOUTH EXCHANGE AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 859
  • MIRELES ELEM ACADEMY
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 9000 SOUTH EXCHANGE AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 1,115
  • NINOS HEROES ELEM ACADEMIC CTR
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 8344 SOUTH COMMERCIAL AV
  • CHICAGO
  • 620
  • SOUTH CHICAGO COMMUNITY ELEM SCHL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 8255 SOUTH HOUSTON AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 200
  • SULLIVAN ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 8331 SOUTH MACKINAW
  • CHICAGO
  • 563
  • TAYLOR ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 9912 SOUTH AVE H
  • CHICAGO
  • 719
  • THORP J N ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 8914 SOUTH BUFFALO AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 502
  • WARREN ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 9239 SOUTH JEFFERY AVE
  • CHICAGO
  • 392
  • WASHINGTON G ELEM SCHOOL
  • CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299
  • PreK-8th
  • 3611 EAST 114TH ST
  • CHICAGO
  • 789

Private Schools in Zip Code 60617

  • Name
  • Grades
  • Address
  • City
  • Students
  • A WHIZZ KIDS PRESCHOOL INC
  • PreK-K
  • 9932 S TORRENCE
  • Chicago
  • 83
  • A WHIZZ KIDS PRESCHOOL INC II
  • PreK-K
  • Chicago
  • 80
  • ANNUNCIATA SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 3750 E 112th St.
  • Chicago
  • 295
  • BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN SCHOOL
  • K-8th
  • 3715 E 103rd St.
  • Chicago
  • 72
  • CARC MARY ALYCE REMEDIAL CENTE
  • 5th-12th
  • 8701 SOUTH BENNETT
  • Chicago
  • 86
  • Children's Connection Therapeutic
  • PreK-12th
  • 8840 S Commercial Ave.
  • CHICAGO
  • 30
  • CTR FOR CREATIVE EXPERIENCES
  • PreK-K
  • 8515 S STONY ISLAND
  • Chicago
  • 14
  • FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
  • PreK-8th
  • 1925 E 95th St.
  • Chicago
  • 53
  • Kiddie Works
  • PreK-12th
  • 1933 E 87th
  • Chicago
  • 41
  • KINDER KARE PRESCHOOL #2
  • PreK-K
  • 2145 E 83RD St.
  • Chicago
  • 26
  • MARYS LITTLE LAMBS CHRISTIAN D
  • PreK-K
  • 10009 SO YATES
  • Chicago
  • 60
  • MCKINLEY SCHOOL-EAST CAMPUS
  • 2nd-8th
  • 2647 E 88th St.
  • Chicago
  • 76
  • Mighty God Christian Academy
  • PreK-12th
  • 10200 S Torrence
  • Chicago
  • 70
  • OUR LADY GATE OF HEAVEN SCHL
  • PreK-8th
  • 2330 E 99th St.
  • Chicago
  • 204
  • OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL
  • PreK-8th
  • 9050 S Burley Ave
  • Chicago
  • 273
  • PILL HILL DEVELOPMENT CENTER
  • PreK-K
  • 8802 S STONY ISLAND
  • Chicago
  • 47
  • SACRED HEART SCHOOL
  • K-8th
  • 2906 E 96th St.
  • Chicago
  • 185
  • SOUTH HARPER MONTESSORI SCHOOL
  • PreK-K
  • 8358 SOUTH STONY ISLAND
  • Chicago
  • 48
  • ST. FRANCIS DE SALES HIGH school
  • 9th-12th
  • 10155 S Ewing Ave
  • Chicago
  • 354
  • ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL SCHOO
  • PreK-8th
  • 8235 S South Shore Dr
  • Chicago
  • 339
  • SULLIVAN HOUSE
  • -
  • 8164 SOUTH CHICAGO AVENUE
  • Chicago
  • 82
  • Villa Pri Child Development Center
  • PreK-12th
  • 8715 S Kingston
  • Chicago
  • 110
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