Burnside, Chicago

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Community Area 47 - Burnside
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 41°43.8′N 87°36′W / 41.7300°N 87.600°W / 41.7300; -87.600Coordinates: 41°43.8′N 87°36′W / 41.7300°N 87.600°W / 41.7300; -87.600
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.62 sq mi (1.61 km2)
 • Total2,601[1]
Demographics 2015[1]
 • White0.00%
 • Black100%
 • Hispanic0.00%
 • Asian0.00%
 • Other0.00%
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
parts of 60619
Median household income$23,632[1]
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

Burnside is one of the 77 semi-official community areas of Chicago, Illinois, and is located on the city's far south side. This area is also called by locals, "The Triangle", as it is bordered by railroad tracks on every side; the Illinois Central on the west, the Rock Island on the south and the Nickel Plate Railroad (now Norfolk-Southern) on the east.

Originally considered part of Roseland and the Chatham communities, it was distinguished as one of the 77 Chicago community areas when the University of Chicago established its sociological map of Chicago communities. The area was mostly undeveloped swamp land north of Lake Calumet until after the American Civil War. The Illinois Central Railroad (ICRR) built the Burnside Station at 95th street and named it after Ambrose Burnside, a Civil War general and official of the ICRR.

By the 1890s, the ICRR began construction of a roundhouse and repair shop at 95th and South Park Boulevard on what is now the site of Chicago State University. Developer W. V. Jacobs purchased the land in the triangle and began building residential homes. The area was settled by predominantly Hungarian, Polish, Italian and Ukrainian immigrants. Factory jobs were plentiful at the nearby Burnside Shops as well as Pullman Company, Burnside Steel Mill and other nearby factories.

Following World War II, the area's population makeup included a growing number of African-Americans. This was one of several transformations that this working-class neighborhood would undergo. Burnside's fortunes began to change in the 1960s when industry patterns lead to economic decline. Nearby steel mills were shuttered. The Pullman Company scaled back production and eventually closed for good in 1981. Skyrocketing crime rates, gang violence and urban decay forced longtime residents and businesses to move away, a phenomenon referred to as white flight.[2]

As of 2015, all 2,601 residents of the neighborhood are black, making it the only community area of Chicago entirely populated by one race.[1]

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20152,601−10.8%


  1. ^ a b c d e "Community Data Snapshot - Burnside" (PDF). cmap.illinois.gov. MetroPulse. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Burnside". Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicago Historical Society. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  3. ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data". Chicago Community Areas Historical Data. Archived from the original on 18 March 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2018.

External links[edit]