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Douglas Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Douglas Park Overview

A concentration of residential blocks surrounding one of Chicago's largest parks, Douglas Park is a west side neighborhood tucked within the larger community of Lawndale. Named for the central focus of the area, this little region has its priorities straight: acres of parkland and open green expanses. More than just a slab of grass, Douglas Park's namesake park is home to a Cultural and Community Center that boasts all the intramural, recreational fun you can handle. The outdoor pool, volleyball and tennis courts, miniature golf course, sandboxes, and spray pools are always hot in the summer. But the wintertime is no exception to the community center's popularity as the lake freezes over and makes for a picture perfect ice skating rink. Packed with families from the neighborhood and surrounding areas, the center's outside features make this the ultimate Chicago playground. Inside, the center is also bustling with Douglas Park residents fond of arts and crafts, dance classes and music lessons.

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In Douglas, the parks are full of color and the streets are filled with vintage brick buildings and graystones. A sense of intrigue floats through the neighborhood with famous, but slightly forgotten monuments, wind-swept beaches, and plenty of history-heavy residential estates.

Douglas is a mix of high-rise condominiums, two- to four-flat low-rise buildings, old brick and new construction townhomes, and vintage single-family residences. Generally speaking, condos in Douglas start in the low $100,000s for a one-bedroom and can reach up to the upper $200,000s for something with more space—and another bedroom. These include vintage brick flats and new-construction mid-rise units with luxury amenities and upgrades. Three-bedroom Douglas townhomes range between $400,000 and the upper $600,000s. A three-bedroom single-family detached home can cost less than a condo—for an older one-story house—although many of the new model or rehabbed places are going to be more expensive. Typically, for a three- to five-bedroom house in this neighborhood you should expect to spend around $540,000. Several sought-after Douglas streets like King Drive are lined with beautiful properties. Unfortunately, you’re not likely to see these neighborhood gems listed on the market.


Douglas Park History

Stephen A. Douglas was a man full of spit and vinegar. He was a powerful lawyer and politician during the Civil War era and though he made a thunderous presence in the Senate, Douglas didn’t win the race for presidency. He had stiff competition—a man by the name of Abraham Lincoln—who happened to take the victory in the 1860 presidential election. Despite the loss, Douglas continued to be a straight-laced democrat working for the good of the people not only in the Chicago vicinity, but the whole of the United States. It is for Douglas’ staunch patriotism and devotion to the betterment of society that this south side neighborhood was named after him.

Before taking a stab at the presidency, Douglas also moonlighted as a land speculator. In 1852, he bought 70 acres of land, slightly south of what would become the Chicago Loop. Douglas built his home along 35th Street and liberally donated his property to what he considered worthwhile causes, such as schools and churches. Around 1861, the Union Army set up camp between 31st and 33rd streets. At first, the Union Army used the area as training grounds for soldiers from Illinois, but as the tide of war swept the country, the land became a Confederate prisoner of war camp, known as Camp Douglas. Throughout the Civil War, over 18,000 Confederate soldiers would pass between the gates of Camp Douglas before the Northern victory.

After the war ended and the POW camp was vacated, wealthy Chicagoans began speculating on property in the Douglas region. Several streetcar stops were soon opened, linking Douglas to the city’s center, and a commuter station in the neighborhood provided easy access to the Illinois Central Railroad. Citizens of all walks of life were drawn to Douglas by its modernity.

Over the years the Douglas community has maintained a level of pride and a work ethic that rivals most Chicago neighborhoods. From the Civil War onward, immigrant families of Irish and European descent working at nearby meatpacking plants began construction of small homes and sizable churches in the Douglas area. In addition, a large number of African American families wove their way down from the Chicago Loop to settle in this south side neighborhood and by the mid 1890s many of the businesses and homes in Douglas were owned by African American residents. In 1908, Jesse Binga opened Chicago’s first African American owned bank. And as time progressed, a new Afrocentric culture was born, continuing to gain strength over the decades. This culture is alive and healthy today and firmly grips the Douglas neighborhood, melding an artistic yet business-minded community together.


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As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold over number properties in Douglas Park. Dream Town holds a well-earned reputation for its impressive sales volume and dedication to personal, attentive service. Benefit from the Dream Town advantage when selling your Douglas Park home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The Douglas Park Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Cather Elementary School

2908 West Washington Blvd - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Dett Elementary School

2131 West Monroe St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Kellman Corporate Community Elementary School

3030 West Arthington St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Johnson Elementary School

1420 South Albany Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Spry Elementary Community School

2400 South Marshall Blvd - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Little Village Elementary School

2620 South Lawndale Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Orozco Elementary Fine Arts & Sciences

1940 West 18th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

Ruiz Elementary School

2410 South Leavitt St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Calhoun North Elementary School

2833 West Adams St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

York Alternative High School

2700 South California Ave - public

High 9-12
NR

Rush Day School

2150 West Harrison Street - private

Elementary - Middle 2-8
NR

Bethel Christian School

4215 West West End Avenue - private

Elementary - Middle K-8
NR

Community Christian Alternative Academy

1231 South Pulaski Road - private

High 10-12
NR

West Town Academy

2021 West Fulton Street - private

High 9-12
NR

North Lawndale Charter High School

1313 South Sacramento Dr - charter

High 9-12
NR

Chicago Lighthouse

1850 West Roosevelt Road - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Suder Montessori Elementary Magnet School

2022 West Washington Blvd - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-8
3

YCCS Virtual High School

Malcolm X College Room 2416, 1900 W. Van Buren - charter

High 9-12
NR

Enliven Christian Academy

4503 West Harrison Street - private

Elementary K-2
NR

Philadelphia School Of Arts

3335 West Washington Boulevard - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-4
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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