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Washington Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Washington Park Overview

For now Chicago's Washington Park neighborhood may be a predominantly residential south side community with a sprawling public park and rich culture of African-American heritage, however, as the potential site of the Olympic Stadium for the 2016 Summer Games, this modest neighborhood could really make its mark in the near future. Remnants of the last century's architectural movement are found throughout the area, with a wave of new designs and gut rehabs dusting the streets as well. As Olympic talk heightens, developers and city officials are anticipating the impact such a huge event would have on Washington Park. Temporary athlete lodgings and the massive 80,000-seat arena would only be around for a short period, but the hope is that a surge of new businesses would ride in on the coattails of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bolster the Washington Park neighborhood for decades to come. The current commercial base is slight, with a few soul food mainstays and Chinese takeout, but the annual cultural festivals and fun Park District programs keep things on the up as Washington Park awaits an impending transformation of Olympic proportions.

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As we’ve just mentioned, Washington Park is the 2016 Summer Olympics location hopeful. If Chicago ends up with the winning ticket to host the Summer Games, Washington Park neighborhood will get a second chance to reinvent itself and step even further away from the half-century of disrepair that plagues its past.

Aside from the massive parklands of Washington Park, and rundown remnants of the last century’s architectural movement in Chicago, roughly 50 percent of the neighborhood’s lots are vacant. The majority of Washington Park’s residents are low-income families. However, we Chicagoans haven’t lost faith in rebuilding this once affluent community.

The City of Chicago recently launched programs that allow mixed income residents to live side-by-side by creating affordable homes below market price for individuals and/or families that meet eligibility requirements. This is all made possible with the cooperation of participating developers working with the city to retain as many of the long term community members as possible. The surge in gut rehab and new construction condominiums is a sure sign that the neighborhood is amidst change. We feel that the ambitious revitalization taking place in the surrounding neighborhoods such as Kenwood, Hyde Park and Bronzeville will only make Washington Park’s fresh makeover inevitable—with or without the Olympics.

As it is today, much of the neighborhood consists of low- and mid-rise brick condos—both vintage and new construction models. Surrounding many of the properties are wrought-iron fences that provide both a sense of security and a nice, well-kept appearance to the residential streets. While attached multi-unit homes are in abundance in Washington Park, single-family detached houses are more difficult to find. The average sales price for a one-bedroom condo is around $168,000, with some studios listed for under $100,000. If you and your family need a little more space—most likely you will—the price point is more, but you definitely get your money’s worth. For example, a three-bedroom condo around here is $205,000, on average.

Washington Park History

Washington Park’s earliest non-native settlements began in 1890 during the time when the South Park Board purchased large tracts of land to accommodate the rapidly growing meatpacking industry.

The construction of new upscale homes and major thoroughfares like Grand Boulevard (a.k.a. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) and Midway Plaisance in neighboring Hyde Park drew more working-class laborers to the area, many of whom took up residence in Washington Park. Later, the opening of the Washington Park Club in 1884, with its race track and putting green, served to stimulate the interest of wealthy newcomers to the south side, including to Washington Park neighborhood.

In 1893, when rumors were confirmed that the Columbian Exposition would be held in the Washington Park area, the news brought on another wave of people to the community. And the next decade saw a further population boost upon installation of the elevated train system (or 'El') at 55th Street and cable cars running as far as 63rd Street.

As Washington Park continued to grow the socio-economic makeup of the community shifted from affluent businessmen to low-income laborers that were predominantly African American. By 1930, 92 percent of Washington Park’s population were African American families. Racial tensions increased between white and black residents, and many white residents moved further south.

Despite all the set backs that the Washington Park community endured in the latter half of the 20th century, it has once again struck the interest of many land prospectors. Today the neighborhood is undergoing a healthy redevelopment spurt that is widespread throughout the entire south side of the city. Washington Park neighborhood is even the proposed site to host the 2016 Summer Olympics which would bring an 80,000-seat temporary stadium to the area that could later be converted into a smaller permanent 5,000-seat amphitheatre.

Dream Town Knows Washington Park

As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold over number properties in Washington Park. 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 Washington Park home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The Washington Park Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Beethoven Elementary School

25 West 47th St - 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

Fuller Elementary School

4214 South Saint Lawrence Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Chavez Elementary Multicultural Academy Center

4747 South Marshfield Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Hamline Elementary School

4747 South Bishop St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

King College Prep High School

4445 South Drexel Boulevard - public

High 9-12
9

Murray Elementary Language Academy

5335 South Kenwood Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Ray Elementary School

5631 South Kimbark Avenue - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-7
5

Sherwood Elementary School

245 West 57th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Wells Preparatory Elementary Academy

249 East 37th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Parkman Elementary School

245 West 51st St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Sexton Elementary School

6020 South Langley Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Visitation Catholic School

900 West Garfield Boulevard - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Holy Angels Catholic School

750 East 40th Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Burke Elementary School

5356 South King Dr - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Dulles Elementary School

6311 South Calumet Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Kershaw Elementary School

6450 South Lowe Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Reavis Elementary Math & Sci Spec School

834 East 50th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Shoesmith Elementary School

1330 East 50th St - public

Elementary K-6
5

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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