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Craigin Overview

Cragin is a part of Belmont Cragin.

A Chicago community spawned from a burst of manufacturing and industry, Cragin is transforming into a family-friendly residential neighborhood with modest homes, landscaped yards and tree-filled parks. On the dining front is a throng of different cuisines. Get your pizza and burrito fix on the same street, or pop in for a Polish sausage or Asian noodle dish a few doors down from each other. Cragin's nightlife is limited to a few neighborhood watering holes, but that seems to be enough to satisfy the local clientele. Regulars like to gather at the Polish bars which you can't miss with names like Rzeszowska Club and Stokrotka Lounge. Cragin's Polish heritage is seen throughout the community in the independent booksellers, video stores, bakeries and gift shops.

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Craigin History

In the late 1830s, a man named George Merrill opened a saloon near the intersection of Grand and Armitage avenues. This intersection became known as Whiskey Point, for obvious reasons. It was the first business in the area and the saloon served as a stop for travelers on their way to and from the city. Hardly any residents came to inhabit the area and businesses were few until the 1880s when the Cragin Brothers & Company opened up their metalworking plant along the tracks of the Chicago/Milwaukee/St. Paul Railroad, which covered 11 acres of nearby territory. A train station was built nearby to aid in getting the company’s employees to the factory. Before long, housing was constructed within walking distance of the plant to accommodate more workers, who could skip the commute by rail and hoof it to work. A store, schools, and a church were soon to follow, giving birth to a viable community.

In 1889, Cragin officially became a Chicago neighborhood as the city expanded its borders and annexed the parts of the northwest suburbs. Over the years, the neighborhood added more industrial businesses to its ranks such as Washburn and Moen Manufacturing and Pitts Agricultural Works. The influx of industry called for additional home construction in Cragin and surrounding areas like Belmont Central to house laborers. Traditional brick bungalows (the kind you see all over outer Chicago neighborhoods), two-flats, and other simple architectural styles emerged on the scene as commercial businesses also sprung up to serve the new populace of Cragin residents.

These days, not too many of the plants are open anymore. Some are being converted into residential property, some into retail space, others remain abandoned. But, as recent decades show, the decrease in industry has not hurt the neighborhood’s popularity. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the Hispanic population in Cragin quadrupled; meanwhile Polish immigrants also moved into the area and started up new businesses, rounding out a hard-working and firmly middle-class community. Today families that seek a comfortable and prosperous life are still moving to Cragin, because it’s close enough to Chicago’s city center, while still maintaining enough distance to provide some peace and quiet.

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Schools In The Craigin Area

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

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

Reinberg Elementary School

3425 North Major Avenue

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Schubert Elementary School

2727 North Long Ave

Public Preschool - Elementary PK-5

Smyser Elementary School

4310 North Melvina Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Thorp O A Elementary Scholastic Academy

6024 W Warwick Ave

Public Elementary - Middle K-8

Bridge Elementary School

3800 North New England Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Lloyd Elementary School

2103 North Lamon Ave

Public Preschool - Elementary PK-5

Northwest Middle School

5252 West Palmer St

Public Middle 6-8

Chicago Academy Elementary School

3400 North Austin Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

St Genevieve School

4854 West Montana Street

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

Notre Dame High School For Girls

3115 North Mason Avenue

Private High 9-12

Our Lady of Victory

4434 N Laramie Ave

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

Chicago Christian Academy

5110 West Diversey Avenue

Private Preschool - Elementary PK-6

New Horizon Center For The Dd

6737 West Forest Preserve Avenue

Private Elementary - High 1-6, 8-12

Camras Elementary School

3000 North Mango Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8


5235 West Belden St

Charter Elementary K-1

CICS West Belden

2245 N. McVicker

Charter Elementary - Middle K-8

New Horizon Center

6737 West Forest Preserve Avenue

Private Elementary - High n/a

Prussing Elementary School

4650 North Menard Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Scammon Elementary School

4201 West Henderson St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Hanson Park Elementary School

5411 West Fullerton Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

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