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Parkview
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Parkview Overview

Parkview is a part of Ashburn.

Parkview is a uniquely-shaped neighborhood whose borders form the shape of an isosceles triangle. Parkview is actually carved out of the larger Ashburn community, on the far southwest side of Chicago. Neat rows of quaint, brick homes fill the tree-lined avenues providing the solid foundation on which the Parkview community is built. Private front and back yards is a big draw for young Chicago families.

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Parkview is an ideal Chicago neighborhood in which to raise a family, as the streets are completely residential and the area is quiet, well-maintained and safe. When living in Parkview, you may still be within city limits, but this isn’t your typical urban community. Sharing a border with Chicago suburbs, this tiny, triangle-shaded neighborhood has more the feel of a distant subdivision than a neighborhood with a metropolitan backdrop.

Neat rows of single-family homes line the blocks of Parkview, connected by broad avenues and wide sidewalks. Behind each string of houses is an alleyway for accessing the garages which are set back from the main structure of the property, giving homeowners plenty of yard space to have summertime barbeques or to let Fido stretch his legs off the leash—provided it’s fenced in, of course.

As you may have guessed, pretty much all of the real estate in Parkview consists of detached single-family dwellings. Where the housing in this southwest side Chicago neighborhood does show some variation is in the style of architecture exhibited along the prim avenues which includes a mixture of one- and two-stories shrouded in a tapestry of exterior finishes. For the most part, though, Parkview homes follow the Cape Cod design. Cozy and low to the ground, they are perfect for young families with a limited number of children—these places may be cute, but they aren’t typically spacious.

The neighborhood also features a number of slightly larger Georgian-style homes, a few brownstones, brick ranches and a small section of new construction two-stories that offer all the latest amenities and upgrades. The price for real estate in Parkview neighborhood ranges from the low $100,000s for an older brick Cape Cod to the mid $300,000s for one of the new model houses.

Parkview History

Around the time that Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, settlement in Parkview began, although it was called Clarkdale then, in honor of a man named Clark who was the area’s primary developer. In the 1880s the Grand Trunk Railroad added Chicago to its eastern line that started in Portland, ME, and a station was opened on what is now the northern tip of Parkview neighborhood. It was expected that, as a result of the depot and the travelers coming through by train, the outlying region would prosper, but in reality development moved at a snail’s pace. A handful of Swedish, Dutch and Irish immigrants settled there following the World’s Fair, but by the turn of the century there were still less than 50 homes in all of Ashburn (which included present-day Parkview).

Parkview and the larger community of Ashburn remained very sparsely inhabited until the 1940s because there were few jobs on the far south side and transportation to and from downtown Chicago was laborious and slow. However, beginning at the time of the United States’ engagement in World War II, the population of Parkview skyrocketed, and with it the housing market surged as well. The number of residents in Ashburn grew from about 1,000 in 1940 to 7,000 in 1950, and then surged to 40,000 by the end of the decade. The reason for the boom was mainly attributed to the arrival of manufacturing jobs in the area spurred by the country’s involvement in the war.

More than anything else, though, the rise of the automobile can be credited with the population growth experienced in Parkview in the middle of the century, both because it provided residents with easy mobility and eventually led to the arrival of several manufacturing plants in neighboring West Lawn, which employed many of the area’s workers. Chrysler opened a Dodge plant in 1943 where engines were manufactured for bomber engines and a Ford plant that opened during the Korean War.

From the turn of the century until the early 1990s, Parkview maintained one of the more demographically homogonous neighborhoods in Chicago, with most residents hailing from Western Europe. However, in the last 15 years, the Parkview neighborhood and greater Ashburn community have seen a large-scale demographic shift, with many of the second- and third-generation European immigrants leaving the community in favor of the southwestern suburbs with Latino and African American families filling the void. Now, Parkview is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in all of Chicago.

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As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in Parkview. Dream Town holds a well-earned reputation for its impressive sales volume and dedication to personal, attentive service. Benefit from the Dream Town advantage when selling your Parkview home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The Parkview Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123

4201 West 93rd St -

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Dawes Elementary School

3810 West 81st Place - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Southeast Elementary School

9800 South Francisco Ave - public

Elementary K-6
6

J M Hannum Elementary School

9800 South Tripp Ave - public

Elementary K-5
5

Ashburn Community Elementary School

8300 South Saint Louis Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Queen Of The Universe School

7130 South Hamlin Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Luther Burbank Elementary School

8235 Linder Ave - public

Elementary K-6
4

Evergreen Park Esd 124 School District

9400 South Sawyer Ave -

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Bogan High School

3939 West 79th St - public

High 9-12
4

Evergreen Park High School

9901 South Kedzie Ave - public

High 9-12
8

Hampton Elementary Fine & Perf Arts School

3434 West 77th St - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
3

Durkin Park Elementary School

8445 South Kolin Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Most Holy Redeemer Elementary School

9536 South Millard Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Ashburn Lutheran School

3345 West 83rd Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St. Bernadette School

9311 South Francisco Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Aquinas Academy

9003 South Kostner Avenue - private

High 9
NR

Joseph Academy At Hometown

9003 South Kostner Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Parkland Prep Academy South

8901 South 52nd Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

J Covington Elementary School

9130 South 52nd Ave - public

Elementary K-5
6

Sward Elementary School

9830 Brandt Ave - public

Elementary K-5
8

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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