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Hanson Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Hanson Park Overview

Hanson Park is a part of Belmont Cragin.

One half parkland, the other half school and houses, Hanson Park is a lovely little residential neighborhood tucked in between the Belmont Central and Cragin communities that grew out of a single family's farmstead. Nowadays, the center of this small north side Chicago neighborhood is its namesake park which has all the typical park features — baseball diamonds, playground equipment, etc. — however, the pride of the commons is Hanson Stadium. The arena can hold several thousand spectators, but is mainly used by Chicago area schools for sporting events and games. Like many other Chicago neighborhoods, Hanson Park is characterized by long blocks of brick bungalows and frame houses with small front lawns and leafy trees.

Hanson Park History

In the very early 1800s, farmland was what stood in this blotch of land about eight miles northwest of the up-and-coming Chicago city streets. The road that is now Grand Avenue was once a Native American trail that was converted into a plank road by settlers. In the latter part of the 1830s, a man named George Merrill opened a tavern along the plank road to accommodate the passersby on their way to and from the city. The spot became known as Whiskey Point and remained the only business in the vicinity for a couple of decades.

Once the Cragin Brothers & Company built their factory in this outlying territory in the 1880s, the area got the shot in the arm that it needed and for the first time the northwest land saw serious growth—and we’re not talking about the foliage. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad built a station to transport workers to the new plant, and as more factories opened in the areas surrounding Hanson Park (Belmont Central, Cragin, and North Austin) the expansion sparked a residential boom in the early 1900s. Many bungalows were built from 1900 to 1930 in and around the industrial grounds to accommodate a rapidly growing population of European immigrant workers.

Hanson Park (the actual park) was established along the western half of the neighborhood, on land donated by farmers bearing the Hanson name—the neighborhood then took on the moniker as well. Throughout the 1940s and ‘50s, commercial industry grew in neighboring Belmont Central, adding more dimension to the predominantly industrial and residential surrounding areas.

From the 1970s through the 1990s, the number of Hispanic residents in the northwest side rose significantly, creating a more diverse populace in all the neighborhoods, including Hanson Park. As the century turned, the industry that initiated the birth of Hanson Park and nearby districts barely exists. The once bustling factories have been shuttered and torn down, leaving only a few remnants of the neighborhood’s past livelihood.

These days, Hanson Park sets itself apart with its namesake park, as neighborhood residents benefit from the recreational facilities and city schools frequently utilize the football stadium, which stands tall on Fullerton Avenue. The Hanson family never could have imagined that this is what their farmland would become.

The Sights of Hanson Park

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Schools In The Hanson Park Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Brunson Math & Sci Specialty Elementary School

932 North Central Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Lloyd Elementary School

2103 North Lamon Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-5
4

Reinberg Elementary School

3425 North Major Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Schubert Elementary School

2727 North Long Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-5
4

Thorp O A Elementary Scholastic Academy

6024 W Warwick Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
7

Young Elementary School

1434 North Parkside Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Northwest Middle School

5252 West Palmer St - public

Middle 6-8
2

Chicago Academy Elementary School

3400 North Austin Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

St Genevieve School

4854 West Montana Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Notre Dame High School For Girls

3115 North Mason Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Chicago Christian Academy

5110 West Diversey Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-6
NR

Northwest Institute For Contemporary Learning Academy

5108 West Division Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Alpha Omega Ministries

1251 North Parkside Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Camras Elementary School

3000 North Mango Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

CHRISTOPHER HOUSE CHRT ES

5235 West Belden St - charter

Elementary K-1
6

CICS West Belden

2245 N. McVicker - charter

Elementary - Middle K-8
NR

John Raymond Parker Life House Academy

900 North Waller Avenue - private

Preschool - High PK-12
NR

Searcie Smith Learning Academy

5627 West Division Street - private

Elementary K-6
NR

Discovery Ranch

1308 Mapleton Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Horizon Science Acad-Belmont

5035 West North Ave -

Preschool - High PK-12
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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