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East Chicago
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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.

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.


The Sights of East Chicago

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Schools In The East Chicago Area

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

20 schools in area
School Type Level Grade(s) 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

Mireles Elementary Academy

9000 South Exchange Avenue

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

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

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

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

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

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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