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Park Manor
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Park Manor Overview

Park Manor is a part of Greater Grand Crossing.

Park Manor is a south side Chicago neighborhood with well-kept single-family homes, plentiful schools, and easy transportation options. Cradled between two of the city's major highways and the Red Line branch of the “El” train system, residents in Park Manor have no trouble getting from point A to point B. Traveling within the neighborhood borders will reveal a love for hearty American restaurants that serve up all the comfort foods, from barbeque ribs to the traditional turkey club. Aside from getting a bite to eat, Park Manor residents have the benefit of a handful of retail developments and shops. The nightlife in Park Manor is rather lively, sporting several bars and lounges.

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With a name like Park Manor, if you have an imaginative mind, you might envision the streets of this south side Chicago neighborhood to be lined with foreboding castle-like structures, slowly collapsing from disrepair, creaky wrought-iron gates, and ivy-covered walls (and an occasional ghost making residence among the creepy old structures). Of course, in reality that image couldn’t be further from the actual Park Manor.

Instead Park Manor neighborhood possesses a dichotomy of housing. On the one hand there are large, well-maintained two-stories with manicured green lawns and lovely landscaping edging the property. On the other hand, there are sections where many of the homes are abandoned, with boarded-up windows and over-grown greenery encasing the edifice. Still, walking down the streets of this Chicago neighborhood, you’re most likely to see pleasant, well-kept single-family homes and occasional two- and three-bedroom condominiums. There’s nothing terribly stately or historic, but that just means that most structures are on the newer end of things and more likely to be in good condition, needing less refurbishing then many of Chicago’s older buildings. As for the lot-size, a number of single-family ranches (we’re talking about the architectural style; you won’t find any cattle to rustle around here—just a little real estate humor) have modest yards, although for many folks you’ll have to take that kite flight or soccer game down to the park.

Park Manor History

Development in the Park Manor neighborhood didn’t really begin until the late 1800s. Up until that time, very little existed in the small south side area, aside from a nearby train crossing, which would indirectly provide the impetus for progress.

In 1853 a collision at that rail crossing killed 18 people and injured countless others. In the wake of the tragedy, all trains were instructed to make a complete stop at the junction before continuing on their way. This preventative measure was enacted to prevent further accidents, but it also jumpstarted the development of Park Manor. Since all trains had to make a compulsory stop here, shop and restaurant owners saw a golden opportunity and before long a slew of new businesses sprung up in the region surrounding the crossing. With the onslaught of commercial developments appearing, residential areas soon followed, which then led to more commercial buildings. In this way Park Manor emerged on the scene and continued to expand and was eventually annexed into Chicago in 1889.

Although trains are no longer required to make a full stop near Park Manor, scores of people still call the area home. Originally the area drew countless numbers of Irish, English, and Scottish immigrants who sought work in the nearby factories, but during the 1950s the population began morphing Park Manor into the predominately African American area we currently see. Today the neighborhood is a pleasantly quiet residential area with a number of restaurants and shops, and easy access to Chicago’s downtown loop.

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Schools In The Park Manor Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Mays Elementary Academy

6656 South Normal Blvd - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Dewey Elementary Academy Of Fine Arts

5415 South Union Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Fiske Elementary School

6020 South Langley Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy of Social Justice

644 West 71st Street - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Revere Elementary School

1010 East 72nd St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Sherwood Elementary School

245 West 57th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Wadsworth PreK-8th STEM School

6650 S. Ellis Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-5
3

Wentworth Elementary School

1340 West 71st St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center

8101 South La Salle St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
10

Sexton Elementary School

6020 South Langley Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Mt Carmel High School

6410 South Dante Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Visitation Catholic School

900 West Garfield Boulevard - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School

1365 East 60th Street - private

Elementary - High 3-12
NR

Chicago Urban Day School

1248 West 69th Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK, 3-4, 7-8
NR

Amandla Elementary Charter School

6800 South Stewart Ave - charter

Elementary - High 5-10
NR

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic-Day

1365 East 60th Street - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic - Int

1365 East 60th Street - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Love Faith And Praise Academy

6948 South Stewart Avenue - private

Preschool - High PK-12
NR

Pnuema Institute

400 West 76th Street - private

High 9-11
NR

Bond Elementary School

7050 South May St - 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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