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Burnside
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Burnside Overview

Burnside has a history founded in the sweat and toil of the railroads that converged in the area and provided early development. This strong work ethic has continued to grow steadily over the years as the community has created new job opportunities with the establishment of nearby Chicago State University. More recently, there has been some concern about the natural progression of the area's elderly population. But civic organizations are working to improve the neighborhood and attract young families and singles to Burnside. Sprawling parkland, a public swimming pool, plenty of intramural sports and clubs, outdoor concerts, and a penchant for fun, family-oriented activities keep this Chicago neighborhood lively and entertaining to residents of all ages and interests.

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Burnside is a family-oriented neighborhood of side-by-side duplexes and townhomes, brick bungalows and ranches, and a few multi-unit condo buildings. Typically the streets are well-maintained and the homes are landscaped with fir trees and maples. Most of the single-family residences also have small yards in front and back, as well as garages. Many homeowners have lived in the neighborhood for decades, which gives it a tight-knit community feel. There are strong ties to Chicago State University and some residents attend classes at the nearby campus.

Older one-story houses with two-bedrooms in the neighborhood start at $55,000. Just a general rule of thumb: buyers should expect the majority of Burnside properties that are listed for under $100,000 to require a bit of renovation and upkeep. On the other end of the spectrum are new construction two-stories with four bedrooms that are listed for around $300,000. Many of these new model houses are found along the same neighborhood block and offer beautiful finishes such as hardwood flooring and upgraded amenities like granite kitchen countertops. Now, if you’re not looking at the more contemporary residential options, you’ll find the average sales price for a three-bedroom detached single-family home in Burnside is around $130,000. For a four- or five-bedroom place the average price goes up to about $200,000. Townhomes and multi-unit housing in the neighborhood starts under $100,000 and goes up to around $200,000.


Burnside History

The Burnside neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago was originally known as Burnside Triangle because of the three railroad tracks that circumscribed its boundaries. As a result of its location along the trade route, Burnside developed as an industrial area that, like much of the city, was raised out of swampy wetlands. When the Illinois Central Railroad opened a commuter rail station in the neighborhood in the early 1860s, the community was officially recognized and was named after Ambrose Burnside, a Civil War general who also conveniently served as the treasurer of the railroad company. Just a fun fact to store away for future use: Ambrose’s bushy side whiskers were dubbed 'Burnsides" by locals of the day, an expression that was later reversed and introduced to the American lexicon as "sideburns."

Soon after the turn of the century, the growing area saw an influx of settlement as Eastern European immigrants poured in, taking unskilled jobs with the railroad companies and related industries. In little time, the fabric of the Burnside community was distinctly formed, as many of the residents were of similar ethnic background and worked similar blue collar jobs. The close-knit society in Burnside subsequently constituted itself as a somewhat isolated yet pleasant working-class residential neighborhood. However, during the years spanning both world wars, much of Burnside’s population—composed largely of Hungarians, Ukrainians, Poles and Italians—gradually left the area and were replaced mostly by middle-class African American families that had recently migrated from the southeastern United States.

Like much of the south side of Chicago, the neighborhood experienced a downturn beginning in the 1970s. Though it took several decades to recover and although the face of the community is considerably altered from what it once was, Burnside has again reemerged, returning to its roots as a comfortable and humble middle-class neighborhood.


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Schools In The Burnside Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Avalon Park Elementary School

8045 South Kenwood Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Bennett Elementary School

10115 South Prairie Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Kipling Elementary School

9351 South Lowe Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Neil Elementary School

8555 South Michigan Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center

8101 South La Salle St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
10

Leo Catholic High School

7901 South Sangamon Street - private

High 9-12
NR

Resurrection Lutheran School

9349 South Wentworth Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-6
NR

Evangelical Christian School

9130 South Vincennes Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Milburn Alternative School

321 East 84th St - public

Middle - High 7-12
NR

Pnuema Institute

400 West 76th Street - private

High 9-11
NR

Deneen Elementary School

7240 South Wabash Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Hirsch Metropolitan High School

7740 South Ingleside Ave - public

High 9-12
1

Tanner Elementary School

7350 South Evans Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Ryder Elementary Math & Sci Spec School

8716 South Wallace St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Jackson M Elementary School

917 West 88th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Westcott Elementary School

409 West 80th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

St. John de la Salle School

10212 S. Vernon - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Rescue Missionary Christian School

7740 South Eberhhart (former St. Dorothy School) - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Shabazz International Chrtr Schls

7823 South Ellis Ave - charter

Elementary - High K-12
NR

Sanders Academy of Excellence

115 15th S Prairie Ave - private

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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