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East Chicago
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

East Chicago Overview

East Chicago boasts the beautiful Calumet Park on Lake Michigan and its very own forest preserve. A smattering of commercial development and a suburban-like residential atmosphere provides the groundwork for a solid neighborhood in the process of growing its economic base. In classic Chicago style, the East Chicago community embraces its vintage bungalows and small frame houses which afford good, sturdy homes and comfortable living space. A hearty restaurant corridor includes all the essentials with a concentration of Mexican taquerias, pizzerias and fast food favorites.

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Set away from the active lifestyle of Chicago’s busy downtown streets, the atmosphere in East Chicago neighborhood is more that of a suburban locale where folks slow down just enough to take in the scenery and enjoy a little peace and quiet.

A wide variety of housing styles line the residential blocks of this south side community, from vintage Chicago bungalows that are over 100 years old to Cape Cods built in the 1950s. Small frame houses are tightly packed into rows along the neighborhood’s long side streets with towering trees shading the rooftops from the harsh sunrays. While there are quite a few single-family homes in East Chicago listed in the low- to mid-$100,000s, there are a good number of properties valued between $225,000 and $335,000 that are brand new, or in quite nice shape and offer homeowners are bit more space. The average price for a two- or three-bedroom detached single-family home in East Chicago is $155,000, but a three-bedroom, two-bath place might cost closer to $200,000.

If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even have a forest in your backyard, as some homes are across the street from Eggers Woods Forest Preserve. Most East Chicago homes also have the added advantage of off-street or garage parking. With a good number of duplexes in this Chicago neighborhood, you can also try your hand at being a landlord: live in one unit and rent out the other. Not a bad way to pay for the mortgage.


East Chicago History

The East Chicago community first developed in the 1870s and was a center of industry and manufacturing because of its proximity to Lake Michigan, the Calumet River and railroad transportation. Today, industry is sparse, making this a quiet, almost suburban residential destination within the far reaches of Chicago city limits.

Ethnic diversity was a mainstay of East Chicago, merging immigrants from Germany, Sweden, Serbia, Croatia and Italy; all drawn to the employment opportunities created by the bustling steel industry on the south side. Neighboring South Chicago offered jobs at South Works, a huge steel factory, and in East Chicago, Republic Steel was a specialty plant that employed many residents of the area.

Steelworkers had a hard life; they plugged away 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Over the course of time, the frustrated laborers came together, despite ethnic differences, in order to better their plight. One of the most famous, and tragic, events connected with the steelworkers’ attempts to organize and form a union was the Memorial Day Massacre. In 1937, employees marched to Republic Steel and tried to form a picket line. Police waited at the gates and ordered them to stop. As people turned around, police shot at the strikers, killing 10 people and wounding many more. Even after that incident, it took several years for the steelworkers to form a union (United Steelworkers 1942) and achieve some of their goals. As for Republic Steel, it finally went bankrupt in 1986 but by then many laborers had already lost their jobs.

East Chicago neighborhood may not be the bastion of steel production that it was for most of the 20th century, but the residual effects of a prosperous industry has left the community with a sampling of commercial businesses sprinkled about a semi-suburban setting on Chicago’s far south side.


Dream Town Knows East Chicago

As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in East Chicago. 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 East Chicago home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The East Chicago Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

St. Francis De Sales High School

10155 S Ewing Ave - private

High 9-12
NR

Our Lady Of Guadalupe School

9050 South Burley Avenue - private

Elementary - Middle K-8
NR

Sacred Heart School

2926 East 96th Street - private

Elementary - Middle K-8
NR

Ami Kids Infinity Chicago

10211 South Crandon Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Banner Academy South High School

2330 East 99th Street - private

High 9-12
NR

Black Magnet Elementary School

9101 South Euclid Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
6

Burnham Elementary Inclusive Academy

9928 South Crandon Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Gallistel Elementary Language Academy

10347 South Ewing Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Hoyne Elementary School

8905 South Crandon Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Addams Elementary School

10810 South Ave H - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Mireles Elementary Academy

9000 South Exchange Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Immaculate Conception School - Exchange

8739 South Exchange Avenue - private

Elementary - Middle K-8
NR

Epic Academy High School

8255 South Houston Ave - charter

High 9-12
5

A Place Of Hope Christian Ministries

2434 East 87th Street - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-3
NR

Mckinley-Highland

2647 East 88th Street - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Bright Elementary School

10740 South Calhoun Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Coles Elementary Language Academy

8441 South Yates Blvd - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Sullivan Elementary School

8331 South Mackinaw Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Taylor Elementary School

9912 South Ave H - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Thorp J N Elementary School

8914 South Buffalo Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

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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