Archer Heights, Chicago

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Archer Heights
Community area
Community Area 57 - Archer Heights
Curie Metropolitan High School at Archer Avenue and Pulaski Road.
Curie Metropolitan High School at Archer Avenue and Pulaski Road.
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 41°48.6′N 87°43.8′W / 41.8100°N 87.7300°W / 41.8100; -87.7300Coordinates: 41°48.6′N 87°43.8′W / 41.8100°N 87.7300°W / 41.8100; -87.7300
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
City Chicago
 • Total 2.01 sq mi (5.21 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,393
 • Density 6,700/sq mi (2,600/km2)
 • White 21.46%
 • Black 0.97%
 • Hispanic 76.02%
 • Asian 1.03%
 • Other 0.52%
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes parts of 60632
Median income $69,431
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

Archer Heights is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. One of the 77 official community areas of Chicago.

Archer Avenue runs from south of Chicago's downtown area, through the southwest side of Chicago and beyond into the southwest suburbs, along what was once a Native American trail.[2] The neighborhood is bounded by the Stevenson Expressway to the north, the CTA Orange Line to the south, the Corwith railyard to the east, and the railroad tracks/Knox Avenue to the west.[2]


Archer Heights was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, however they had little use for the swampy prairies. Starting in the nineteenth-century land speculators and farmers sparked interest in the swampy lands. The land became a primary focus for real-estate developers and manufacturers. It gained exceptional interest from William B. Archer an Illinois & Michigan Canal commissioner and land speculator, for which Archer Heights gained its name.

After speculators came in, in 1900, and developed the southern sections of Archer Heights for residential use, railroads sustained control of the north side real estate. Due to horse cars in the late 1890s, and electric streetcars gaining popularity in the early 1900s, immigrant laborers started to poor into Archer Heights. Starting in the 1920s and 1930s Archer Heights had its largest population growth coming from the Polish, Italian, Czech, and Russian Jewish communities. During this time modern urban groundwork and two Catholic parishes, St. Bruno’s (1925) and St. Richards (1938), helped stimulate population growth.

After World War II population began to make a comeback, between 1930-1950, the Archer Heights community grew from 8,120 to 8,675. In the following years the population sprouted to 10,584, it made its peak in 1970 at 11,143. However, by 1980, the population fell off to 9,708, and continued to do so in 1990 falling to 9,227.

For over 90 years, the Archer Heights community has been predominantly white (96 percent in 1990), with a large contingent of foreign-born (27 percent in 1990), and a strong Polish cohort. In the 1990s, Hispanics, and primarily Mexicans, rose to 8 percent of the population. “While Archer Heights continues to be home to a large Polish community, since 2000 it became the latest swath of the Southwest Side bungalow belt where Hispanics have become the majority.” [3]

At the end of the twentieth century, approximately 60 percent of the area was dedicated to manufacturing and bulk transportation facilities, 30 percent to residences, and 10 percent to commerce.[4]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 8,120
1940 8,216 1.2%
1950 8,675 5.6%
1960 10,584 22.0%
1970 11,158 5.4%
1980 9,708 −13.0%
1990 9,227 −5.0%
2000 12,656 37.2%
2010 13,393 5.8%



CPS District-Run Schools[edit]

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has two district-run schools in Archer Heights:

S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60632

  • Edwards Elementary School

4815 South Karlov Avenue, Chicago, IL 60632

CPS Charter Schools[edit]

The United Neighborhood Organization operates the charter schools in Archer Heights[6]

  • UCSN Major Hector P. Garcia MD High School

4248 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60632

  • UCSN PFC Omar E. Torres School

4248 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60632

  • Academy for Global Citizenship (Elementary)

4647 W. 47th St. Chicago, IL 60632

  • SPC Daniel Zizumbo School

4248 W 47th St Chicago, IL 60632

Catholic Schools[edit]

  • St. Richard School (Elementary)

5025 S. Kenneth Ave. Chicago, IL 60632

  • St. Bruno School (Elementary)

4839 S. Harding Ave. Chicago, IL 60632


Archer Heights Public Library

The Archer Heights public library is a 6 million dollar, 14,000 sq/ft building located at 5055 S. Archer Ave. Chicago Illinois. The library is home to over 49,000 materials ranging from books, magazines, book tapes, and newspapers.[7]

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Archer Heights Public Library (May 2016)


Houses of Worship[edit]

Church Name Address Link
New Life Community Church Midway 5101 S Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL 60632
St. Bruno Catholic Church 4751 S. Harding Ave. Chicago, IL 60632
St. Richard Parish 5032 S. Kostner Ave. Chicago, IL 60632
St. Bruno Church Archer Heights (May 2016)


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Inbound Orange Line Train at Pulaski Station (May 2016)

Historically, transportation between downtown Chicago and the Southwest Side was limited to express buses that traveled down the Stevenson Expressway. The Orange Line was created in 1993 to solve this issue. Pulaski station was built as an Orange Line stop at the corner of Pulaski Road and 51st Street near Archer Avenue.[8]

Non-Profit Organizations[edit]

Archer Heights Civic Association

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Institute

Polish Highlanders Alliance of North America [9]

Local Parks[edit]

Park Name Address Link
Curie Park 4949 S. Archer Ave. Chicago, IL 60632
Archer Park 4901 S. Kilbourn Ave. Chicago, IL 60632
Walnut Playground Park 3801 W.45th St. Chicago, IL 60632
Catalpa Park 4324 S. Kedvale Ave. Chicago, IL 60632

Notable Residents[edit]

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Image of Imar E. Torres Way, Honorary Street Sign (May 2016)
  • 48th Street and Harding Avenue dedicated an honorary street sign to recognize Henry J. “Hank” Rutkowski Sr. "Rutkowski is a decorated World War II veteran and former prisoner of war", he received the Good Conduct Medal, the Air Medal, the European Theatre of War Medal, and the Prisoner of War Medal. Following the war he worked for 40 years for Schulze & Birch, he retired in 1993.[10]
  • 47th Street and Keeler Avenue dedicated a street sign for Omar Torres. "Private First Class Omar E. Torres died in combat in Iraq, 2007." Torres was one of three children, his sister Oralia and brother, Oscar Jr. Where raised by Doris and Oscar Torres Sr.[11]



Archer Heights is split by two United States congressional districts, these districts are the 3rd and 4th. Daniel Lipinski (3rd district) serves the South West, and Luis V. Guitierrez serves the North East Side of Archer Heights.[12]

Alderman Edward M. Burke has been serving the 14th ward for over 30 years.[13] Alderman Ricardo Muñoz serves the 22nd ward of Chicago.[14] Michael R. Zalewski is the Alderman for the 23rd ward.

Archer Heights is also represented in the 1st district of the Illinois Senate and House, their Senator is Assistant Majority Leader, Democrat Antonio Munoz[15] and their House Rep. is Assistant Majority Leader, Democrat Daniel J. Burke.[16]

Jeffery R. Tobolski was elected as the Cook County Commissioner from the 16th District on November 2, 2010. Tobolski is the Vice-Chairman of the Labor Committee; also at the Cook County Board he chairs the Homeland Security committee, Veterans Committee, as well as the Preserve’s Zoo Committee.[17]

John P. Daly is the Cook County Commissioner of the 11th District. He serves on the Cook County Board Committee as the Audit and Finance Chairman.


South Chicago Post[edit]

Southwest news Herald[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Zangs, Mary (2014). The Chicago 77: a community area handbook. Charleston, SC 29403: The History Press. pp. 236–239. ISBN 978-1-62619-612-4. 
  3. ^ Mihalopoulos, Dan; Little, Darnell (2011-01-01). "Face of City Has Changed Dramatically, Census Estimates Show". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Archer Heights". Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  5. ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data". Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "UNO Charter Schools." United Neighborhood Organization. Retrieved on June 16, 2012.
  7. ^ Challos, Courtney (2000-09-06). "ARCHER HEIGHTS FINDS MORE TO CHECK OUT AT NEW LIBRARY". 
  8. ^ Local Community Fact Book Chicago Metropolitan Area. University of Illinois at Chicago. 1995. p. 169. 
  9. ^ The Almanac of American Politics, 2004, quote: "Even today, in Archer Heights you can scarcely go a block without hearing someone speaking Polish."
  10. ^ "World War II POW from Archer Heights is recognized with honorary street sign". Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  11. ^ Connolly, Dermot (2013-05-04). "Honor Late Soldier’s Memory". South West News Herald. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  12. ^ "Find Your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives". Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  13. ^ "City of Chicago :: Alderman Edward M. Burke". Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  14. ^ "City of Chicago :: Alderman Ricardo Munoz". Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  15. ^ "Illinois General Assembly - Senator Biography". Archived from the original on 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  16. ^ "Illinois General Assembly - Representative Biography". Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  17. ^ "Cook County Government, Illinois |  » Jeffrey R. Tobolski (16th)". Retrieved 2016-05-26. 

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