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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 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.

The Sights of Parkview


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Schools In The Parkview Area

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

20 schools in area
School Type Level Grade(s) 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

Luther Burbank Elementary School

8235 Linder Ave

Public Elementary K-6
4

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

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

J Covington Elementary School

9130 South 52nd Ave

Public Elementary K-5
6

Sward Elementary School

9830 Brandt Ave

Public Elementary K-5
8

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

Hampton Elementary Fine & Perf Arts School

3434 West 77th St

Public Elementary - Middle K-8
3

Ashburn Lutheran School

3345 West 83rd Street

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Aquinas Academy

9003 South Kostner Avenue

Private High 9
NR

St. Bernadette School

9311 South Francisco Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8
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

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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