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Altgeld Gardens
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Altgeld Gardens Overview

Altgeld Gardens is a modest, easy-going Chicago neighborhood less than a 20-minute drive from the Loop. Located in the southern stretches of the city and surrounded by suburbs, Altgeld Gardens has all the convenience of a Chicago community without the hustle and bustle of city living. The neighborhood park provides residents with a little bit of green space and the perks of an onsite gym, swimming pool, assembly hall and local basketball leagues. Summertime gospel festivals, neighborhood barbecues and annual parades round out the community events in Altgeld Gardens which makes this far south side section of Chicago a tight-knit group.

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Altgeld Gardens History

On the cusp of Chicago city limits and the suburb of Riverdale, Altgeld Gardens was first pioneered by European immigrants in the mid and late 1800s. Vastly marshland and on the very southern tip of Chicago near the Illinois/Indiana state border, Altgeld Gardens land proved affordable and available. In addition to a price tag that pleased the frugal, the territory was desirable for its proximity to the Calumet River, which borders the neighborhood on the south. The river was a convenient means of transportation and allowed for easy access to other waterways which led to the emergence of Altgeld Gardens as a center of industry. U.S. Steel, the Ford Company, and Pullman (the train car manufacturer) all built factories close to the river and encouraged the development of residential housing and commercial property in the nearby vicinity. The localized industry helped Altgeld Gardens mature into a strong-willed working-class neighborhood.

In 1945, the first public housing projects in America were created. Altgeld Gardens and the Murray Homes consisted of almost 2,000 units of two-story row houses sprawling over 157 acres. The self-contained complex, which has been renovated in recent years, includes not only housing, but also schools, maintenance staff, and onsite social services and medical staff. A comprehensive renovation of the two developments began in 2005 and is scheduled for completion in 2009.

Through the years, Altgeld Gardens has brought forth several celebrity citizens. Tim Hardaway of NBA fame was raised in the neighborhood and famous journalist Scoops Jackson, writer for ESPN and other notable publications, made Altgeld Gardens his home as well.

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Schools In The Altgeld Gardens Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Altgeld Gardens area.

20 schools in area
School Type Level Grade(s) Rating

Gen George Patton School District 133

150 West 137th St

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Metcalfe Elementary Community Academy

12339 South Normal Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Brown R Elementary Community Academy

12607 South Union Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Salem Christian Academy

11816 South Indiana Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Rehoboth Educational Academy

11705 South Michigan Avenue

Private Preschool - High PK-12
NR

Curtis Elementary School

32 East 115th St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Dubois Elementary School

330 East 133rd St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Riverdale School

325 West 142nd St

Public Elementary K-4
3

Park Elementary School

14200 South Wentworth Ave

Public Elementary K-6
1

Songhai Elementary Learning Institute

11725 South Perry Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Gen George Patton Elementary School

13700 South Stewart Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Chosen Children Of Destiny

11429 South King Drive #2

Private Elementary - High 1-7, 12
NR

Academy For Learning

306 East 144th St

Public High 9-12
NR

CICS Larry Hawkins

801 E 133rd Place

Charter Middle - High 7-12
NR

CICS Prairie

11530 S. Prairie

Charter Elementary - Middle K-8
NR

Aldridge Elementary School

630 East 131st St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Carver Military Academy High School

13100 South Doty Avenue

Public High 9-12
8

Washington Elementary School

13900 South School St

Public Elementary K-6
4

Owens Elementary Community Academy

12450 South State St

Public Preschool - Elementary PK-4
NR

Dolton School District 148

114 West 144th St

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

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