East Garfield Park, Chicago

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East Garfield Park
Community Area 27 - East Garfield Park
The Garfield Park fieldhouse
The Garfield Park fieldhouse
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 41°52.8′N 87°42′W / 41.8800°N 87.700°W / 41.8800; -87.700Coordinates: 41°52.8′N 87°42′W / 41.8800°N 87.700°W / 41.8800; -87.700
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyCook
CityChicago
Neighborhoods
Area
 • Total1.94 sq mi (5.02 km2)
Population
 (2015)
 • Total20,656[1]
 • Density10,657.1/sq mi (4,114.74/km2)
Demographics 2015[1]
 • White4.25%
 • Black91.28%
 • Hispanic3.52%
 • Asian0.28%
 • Other0.68%
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
parts of 60612 and 60624
Median household income$21,482[1]
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

East Garfield Park one of 77 designated community areas, is on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois, located west of the Loop.

Taking its name from the large urban park, Garfield Park, the neighborhood is bordered by Franklin Boulevard on the north, Arthington and Taylor Streets on the south, Hamlin Avenue and Independence Boulevard to the west, and Rockwell Street to the east.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
193063,353
194065,7893.8%
195070,0916.5%
196066,871−4.6%
197052,005−22.2%
198031,580−39.3%
199024,030−23.9%
200020,881−13.1%
201020,567−1.5%
2015 (est.)20,6560.4%
"Chicago Community Area Historical Data".[1]

Politics[edit]

The East Garfield Park community area has supported the Democratic Party in the past two presidential elections by overwhelming margins. In the 2016 presidential election, the East Garfield Park cast 6,690 votes for Hillary Clinton and cast 141 votes for Donald Trump (96.22% to 2.03%).[2] In the 2012 presidential election, East Garfield Park cast 9,046 votes for Barack Obama and cast 100 votes for Mitt Romney (98.51% to 1.09%).[3]

Points of interest[edit]

Nearly 20% of the neighborhood is managed by the Chicago Park District, with Garfield Park occupying the northwest corner of the neighborhood. The neighborhood is home to the Garfield Park Conservatory, one of the largest and most impressive conservatories in the United States.

East Garfield Park has long-standing issues with violent crime and property crime; in 2014, it was ranked 6th out of 77 Community areas in Chicago in violent crime and 10th among Chicago community areas in property crimes.[4]

Notable people[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Two of Chicago Transit Authority's train lines, the Blue Line and the Green Line, serves this neighborhood. The Green Line has stations at California, Kedzie, and Central Park Drive. The Blue Line has a station in the neighborhood in the median of the Eisenhower Expressway, Kedzie-Homan.

The neighborhood is also served by the CTA's bus service. East-west bus routes include 20 along Madison Street, 126 along Jackson Street, and 7 along Harrison Street. North-south bus routes include 94 along California Avenue, 52 along Kedzie Avenue, and 82 along Homan Avenue.

Education[edit]

Chicago Public Schools operates district public schools.

In addition Urban Prep Academies operates the East Garfield Park Campus.[7] Providence St. Mel School, a private school, is in East Garfield Park.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Community Data Snapshot - East Garfield Park" (PDF). cmap.illinois.gov. MetroPulse. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Ali, Tanveer (November 9, 2016). "How Every Chicago Neighborhood Voted In The 2016 Presidential Election". DNAInfo. Archived from the original on September 24, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Ali, Tanveer (November 9, 2012). "How Every Chicago Neighborhood Voted In The 2012 Presidential Election". DNAInfo. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Crime in Chicagoland - East Garfield Park". chicagotribune.com.
  5. ^ Thompson, John (May 7, 1944). "'D' DAY WILL FIND CHICAGO FLYERS ON GUARD IN AIR: They'll Be Blasting Foe from Their Marauders". Chicago Daily Tribune.
  6. ^ Thomas, Isiah (May 26, 2019). "Pop A Cork With Isiah Thomas!". N'Digo (Interview). Interviewed by Hermene Hartman. Chicago: Hartman Publishing. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  7. ^ "East Garfield Park." Urban Prep Academies. Retrieved on December 10, 2010.
  8. ^ "Contact Archived 2012-11-01 at the Wayback Machine." Providence St. Mel School. Retrieved on April 16, 2011. "Providence St. Mel 119 South Central Park Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60624"

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