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Fulton River District
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Fulton River District Overview

Residential blends with commercial in the Fulton River District, one of Chicago's fastest growing neighborhoods. With side streets tucked away behind busy urban thoroughfares you couldn't be closer to the Loop unless you were in the river. High-rise and mid-rise studios, condos and loft spaces typify the housing stock in the Fulton River District, with a few “vertical mansions” dotting the neighborhood blocks. A small, yet exquisite selection of restaurants fill the area, prompting evening diners from all over Chicago to make reservations in this trendy near north side section of town. After dark the bar scene heats up as pool halls, Irish pubs, cocktail lounges and nightclubs come alive.

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Fulton River District History

The neighborhood of Fulton River District straddles two Chicago community areas, that of West Town on its northern half. Unlike many Chicago neighborhoods, this area was actually within the original city limits as established in 1837, so no annexation was required. The Chicago River was the draw to the area, and the neighborhood’s prime location on this important waterway led early settlers here. Industry soon followed, including the railroads.

With so many rail lines intersecting the area and the Chicago River on the eastern border, manufacturing and trade businesses thrived in this section of town, particularly in the Fulton River District, providing many employment opportunities for its residents. Further south, directly west of the Loop, the Near West Side’s close proximity to the business district made it attractive to Chicago’s wealthier residents. By 1870, however, the population shifted from affluence to that of a working class, divided along racial lines with African Americans and European immigrants from Germany, Ireland, France, Czechoslovakia and Bohemia all occupying their own separate sections of the neighborhood. By the end of the 19th century, European immigrants from Scandinavia had settled in the area as well, with Poles and Russian Jews close behind. Around the same time, many Italians started to inhabit the area along Grand Avenue, filling the small community with a sizeable number of different cultures.

Despite the residential buildup in the surrounding areas of West Town and Near West Side neighborhoods, the Fulton River District was mostly an industrial zone of factories and warehouses. Today, thanks largely to the Fulton River District Association, the neighborhood is experiencing a boom in residential building. This non-profit, community-based organization has worked hard to promote the neighborhood and encourage a balance between residential and commercial development. As a result, Fulton River District is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the city. Crisscrossed by railway tracks and busy thoroughfares, residential real estate intermingles with commercial businesses along the blocks here. Not to mention some of the city’s best restaurants have gained a foothold in this trendy near north side Chicago neighborhood.

The Sights of Fulton River District

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Schools In The Fulton River District Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Fulton River District area.

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

Columbus Elementary School

1003 North Leavitt St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Dett Elementary School

2131 West Monroe St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Young Magnet High School

211 South Laflin St

Public Middle - High 7-12

Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center

160 West Wendell Street

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Galileo Elementary Math & Sci Schol Acd

820 South Carpenter St

Public Elementary - Middle K-8

Chicago International Charter School

11 E Adams St Ste 600

Charter Preschool - High PK-12

Payton College Preparatory High School

1034 North Wells St

Public High 9-12

The Latin School Of Chicago

59 West North Boulevard

Private Preschool - High PK-12

Rush Day School

2150 West Harrison Street

Private Elementary - Middle 2-8

West Town Academy

2021 West Fulton Street

Private High 9-12

Chicago Lighthouse

1850 West Roosevelt Road

Private Elementary - High n/a

Suder Montessori Elementary Magnet School

2022 West Washington Blvd

Public Preschool - Elementary PK-8

Lasalle II Lang Acad Elementary School

1148 N Honore St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Rauner College Prep

1337 W. Ohio St.

Charter High 9-12

Village Leadership Academy

800 S Wells St Ste 90

Private Preschool - Middle PK-7

YCCS Virtual High School

Malcolm X College Room 2416, 1900 W. Van Buren

Charter High 9-12

Esperanza School - Intensive

520 North Marshfield Avenue

Private Elementary - High n/a

British International School of Chicago, South Loop

161 W. 9th Street

Private Preschool - High PK-12

Metropolitan Schoolhouse

1415 N. Dayton

Private Elementary - High K-12

Lincoln Park High School

2001 North Orchard St

Public High 9-12

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