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Little Village
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Little Village Overview

Little Village, or South Lawndale as it was formerly known, is an area ripe with culture. Today it is a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, but in years past it has been host to ethnic groups such as Italians, Czechs, Irish, Croatians and Slovenians. These days, Little Village is fast becoming a popular neighborhood for young families looking for quality housing at affordable prices. New condominiums and vintage flats are a big draw for first-time homebuyers, while detached homes and brick bungalows catch the eye of families and folks who like a little more space. The neighborhood's strong Hispanic heritage is apparent in the multitude of excellent Mexican restaurants, Spanish-named stores and specialty grocery items you can get here. And there is no doubt Little Village residents take pride in their roots when the Mexican Independence Day Parade comes through each year, serenaded by mariachi bands and a sea of spectators dressed in Mexico's colors – red, white and green.

Little Village History

The history of this southwest neighborhood begins long before it was ever known as Little Village. In the late 19th century, the area was settled and developed by Eastern European and Slavic immigrants, many of whom were from Czechoslovakia and Poland. As a part of greater Lawndale, the region that would later be known as Little Village was considered a suburb of Chicago until the whole lot was incorporated into the city in the 1880s. After annexation the neighborhood’s residential sections continued to grow and the territory’s farmland was slowly engulfed into the expanding industrial development that centered about nearby railroad tracks. A number of new jobs emerged with the arrival of manufacturing giants such as Western Electric, McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. (later known as International Harvester) and Sears Roebuck & Company, which all moved into the area within the first few years of the 1900s.

In the first half of the 20th century, the population of Poles in greater Lawndale grew steadily, climbing rapidly following the German invasion of Poland in 1939. However, after the 1950s the concentration of Polish inhabitants was displaced by a large contingent of Mexican immigrants that moved to Chicago in search of work. Mexican families had originally settled in neighboring Pilsen, but many were forced to move west when the massive construction project to establish the University of Illinois Chicago’s campus took over much of the vicinity, causing many residents to relocate to Lawndale and surrounding areas.

Eventually, the significant group of residents with Mexican roots inspired a split from the rest of Lawndale, creating an independent and viable neighborhood all its own. Like a little Mexican village—La Villita or Little Village. Bisecting the community now known as Little Village, 26th Street has emerged as the main commercial district and the most important thoroughfare in the neighborhood. It has seen a considerable amount of growth in the past thirty years, which has given this southwest side site a strong and prosperous base for even more development in the decades to come.

These days, Little Village has the largest concentration of Mexican-Americans in the city and it remains a colorful neighborhood with a thoroughly Mexican population. Unlike Pilsen, which is beginning to see gentrification from the east with the ongoing expansion of UIC and the westward development of the South Loop, Little Village has been relatively unaffected by gentrification and holds on to its distinct cultural flavor.

The Sights of Little Village

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Schools In The Little Village Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Little Village area.

School Type Grade Rating

Corkery Elementary School

2510 South Kildare Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Whitney Elementary School

2815 South Komensky Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Little Village Elementary School

2620 South Lawndale Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Drexel Elementary School

5407 West 36th St - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-6
3

Grace Lutheran Academy

4106 W 28th St - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Our Lady of Charity School

3620 S 57th Ct - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Community Christian Alternative Academy

1231 South Pulaski Road - private

High 10-12
NR

Morton Alternative Schools

1874 South 54th Ave - public

High 9-12
NR

J Sterling Morton Alternative School

1874 South 54th Ave - public

High 9-12
NR

World Language High School

3120 South Kostner Ave - public

High 9-12
7

Reaching Out Career Academy

1950 South Saint Louis Avenue - private

Preschool - High PK-12
NR

Enliven Christian Academy

4503 West Harrison Street - private

Elementary K-2
NR

J S Morton Hsd 201 School District

5041 West 31st St -

High 9-12
NR

Crown Elementary Community Acd Fine Arts Center

2128 South Saint Louis Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Dvorak Technology Acad Elementary School

3615 West 16th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Gary Elementary School

3740 West 31st St - public

Elementary - Middle 3-8
5

Sumner Elementary Math & Sci Community Academy

4320 West 5th Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Castellanos Elementary School

2524 South Central Park Ave - public

Elementary - Middle 4-8
4

Herzl Elementary School

3711 West Douglas Blvd - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Lawndale Elementary Community Academy

3500 West Douglas Blvd - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

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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