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South Austin
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

South Austin Overview

South Austin is a part of Austin.

With wide boulevards, plenty of park space, inexpensive housing and convenient transportation options, South Austin is a Chicago neighborhood on the rise. Civic organizations are an active part of South Austin's community culture, working with residents and local businesses to revitalize the area and create an attractive and pleasant environment. A classic farmer's market sets up shop in the heart of South Austin every week during the warm weather months, and year round recreational activities are always going on at the neighborhood's popular Columbus Park fieldhouse. A nine-hole golf course makes it easy for South Austiners to keep those tee times and summertime movies and concerts in the park are a great evening event for the whole family to enjoy.

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South Austin History

The greater Austin area is Chicago’s largest neighborhood, both geographically and in terms of population. This area on the city’s far west side, known then as Austinville and a part of Cicero Township, was founded as a tight-knit community by land speculator Henry Austin in 1865. Despite its founder’s wishes for the town to remain a small family-oriented village, Austin’s growing importance as a transportation hub for both the Chicago & Northwestern rail line and the expanding Lake Street elevated tracks made land there a valuable commodity. Austin was voted out of the township by a majority vote of its residents and officially annexed to the city of Chicago in 1899. Still, the residents of this new Chicago neighborhood persisted in maintaining their own identity and as a sign of their independence—in spirit, if not as a municipality—Austin Town Hall was constructed on an existing neighborhood park and opened in 1929. The original settlers of the South Austin neighborhood were Europeans (Germans, Scandinavians, Irish and Italians) but the ethnic makeup of Austin has changed over the years. In the 1920s, Austin had a sizable Greek populace. The population shifted again in the 1960s when numerous residents were forced to relocate to make way for the building of the Eisenhower Expressway. Migration to the suburbs by many descendants of the neighborhood’s original inhabitants also added to the dramatic change in South Austin at the time. By the 1970s, South Austin was experiencing a period of economic depression and a spike in crime and poverty. Since then, various neighborhood activists groups, such as the Organization for a Better Austin, have been working toward improving the quality of life in this predominantly African-American community, and the neighborhood is experiencing signs of recovery.

The Sights of South Austin

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Schools In The South Austin Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Oak Park Esd 97 School District

970 Madison St -

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

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

Depriest Elementary School

139 South Parkside Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Young Elementary School

1434 North Parkside Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

McNair School of Excellence

4820 West Walton Street - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Emmet Elementary School

5500 West Madison St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Horace Mann Elementary School

921 North Kenilworth Ave - public

Elementary K-5
8

Oliver W Holmes Elementary School

508 North Kenilworth Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-5
7

Percy Julian Middle School

416 South Ridgeland Ave - public

Middle 6-8
6

Northwest Middle School

5252 West Palmer St - public

Middle 6-8
2

St Edmund Parish School

200 South Oak Park Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Northwest Institute For Contemporary Learning Academy

5108 West Division Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Austin Career Education Center

5352 West Chicago Avenue - private

High 10-12
NR

Alpha Omega Ministries

1251 North Parkside Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Douglass Academy High School

543 North Waller Ave - public

High 9-12
3

CHRISTOPHER HOUSE CHRT ES

5235 West Belden St - charter

Elementary K-1
6

Austin Bus & Entrepreneurship High School

231 North Pine Ave - public

High 9-12
NR

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

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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