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Then and Now

In 1673, French explorers and traders traveled through what is now the Stickney village on their way from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan. Stickney was a part of the portage – a land route from one waterway to another – that connected the Chicago and Des Plaines rivers. Much of the area was covered by Mud Lake until the construction of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in 1836 and the Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1900 readied the region for land development. In 1901, Stickney Township was established and named after Alpheus B. Stickney, a railroad executive responsible for the settlement. At the time, the population consisted mostly of Dutch and German farmers. The 1920s saw great expansion, partly due to Al Capone's residence and business ventures in the village. Home construction peaked during the 1950s and the population boomed in the 1960s.

Today, Stickney is famous for housing the largest water treatment plant in the world, run by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. The plant occupies about 40% of Stickney's two square miles. The rest of the village is home to more than 6,000 residents. Stickney is only about 10 miles from Chicago's downtown Loop and is practically part of its northwestern outskirts. With quick access to the Stevenson Expressway (I-55), commuters can be in the city center in about 20 minutes.

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Park is the Place

The water treatment plant dominates much of Stickney's non-residential land, but town planners had it in their sights to create several neighborhood parks and outdoor recreation spots. In fact, right next to the treatment plant is a large tree-filled expanse with baseball diamonds, tennis courts and trails. Freedom Park (3701 Scoville Avenue, 708-788-1701) is a relaxing oasis for Stickney residents. It features a children's playground, lighted soccer field, concession stand and small water park open seasonally. South Clyde Park (60th & 36th) offers a place to play soccer, softball and baseball. Smirz Park (3400 Highland Ave, 708-795-8560) is exclusively a skate park and Rench Park (42nd & Ridgeland) is a main location for Stickney Little League games.

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Real Estate

Due to its location near the outskirts of Chicago, Stickney's residential areas have the feel of an urban neighborhood with tightly-packed blocks and bungalow-style architecture. Rows of houses on sidewalk-lined streets offer a mix of older residences and new constructions. Prices for detached single family homes in Stickney start in the low $100,000s. The more expensive real estate can reach into the $400,000s, but most higher-end properties range in the $300,000s. Attached housing is much harder to find in Stickney however there are a handful of two-bedroom condo listings on the market for under $150,000.

Stickney Residential Real Estate Info for Single-Family Detached and Attached Homes

Average Sale Price Average # of Days on the Market Number of Sales 2005-2006 Average List Price Number of Listings
$219,703 101 424 $226,118 98

Source: Multiple Listings Service of Northern Illinois

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What's on the Menu?

Stickney residents craving a great thin crust pizza for take-out know Villa Nova (6821 Pershing Rd, 708-788-2944) is the best bite in town. Some people drive from 20 minutes away to get these slices and love the buttery, flaky crust and sizable chunks of Italian sausage. The bill of fare has sandwiches and pasta entrées with delicious sauce and lots of cheese, but the recommended order at this Stickney favorite is always pizza pie!

Broaden your culinary horizons with Stickney's diverse selection of cuisine from around the globe. Czech Plaza (7016 W Cermak Road, 708-795-6555) offers authentic home cooking including smazeny syr (breaded cheese), koprova (beef in dill gravy), and svickova (pickled beef in sour cream gravy). It also has a wide range of menu items that are be more familiar to American appetites. Harmony Restaurant (6525 W Archer Ave 773-586-0777‎) serves up great Chinese food in a family friendly atmosphere with a great view of the canal. Lalo's (3011 Harlem Ave, 708-484-9311) reputation for authentic Mexican food continues at its Stickney location. Don't neglect the famous margaritas! For more Mexican food options, try Xni-Pec de Yucatan (5135 W 25th St, 708-652-8680) the local Mayan restaurant. This family establishment makes it easy to try something different: all uniquely Mayan options are denoted on the menu by a small icon of an Aztec pyramid. A great starter for your Yucateca meal? Fresh guacamole and shrimp ceviche!

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Night on the Town

The tradition of blues music in Chicago continues at Harlem Avenue Lounge (3701 South Harlem Avenue, 708-484-3610), a small blues lounge where you'll see fantastic acts every night of the week. Be prepared to share your personal space, though, since the place only holds about 100 people. On Thursdays, tune your own guitar for open mic night after the house band plays. For a casual yet fun hangout to watch the Super Bowl or World Series, or to catch your favorite local musicians, go to Tiger O'Stylies (6300 W Ogden Ave, 708-795-1298). They offer a full menu and great drink specials.

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School's In Session

Here's a list of educational facilities in Stickney:

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