Edison Park, Chicago

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Edison Park
Community area
Community Area 09 - Edison Park
Fieldhouse in Edison Park on the Northwest Highway
Fieldhouse in Edison Park on the Northwest Highway
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 42°0.6′N 87°48.6′W / 42.0100°N 87.8100°W / 42.0100; -87.8100Coordinates: 42°0.6′N 87°48.6′W / 42.0100°N 87.8100°W / 42.0100; -87.8100
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
City Chicago
 • Total 1.17 sq mi (3.03 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 11,187
 • Density 9,600/sq mi (3,700/km2)
Demographics 2010[1]
 • White 88.4%
 • Black 1.26%
 • Hispanic 7.79%
 • Asian 2.40%
 • Other 1.15%
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes part of 60631
Median household income[2] $77,678
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

Edison Park (formerly Canfield) is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, in North Side, Chicago, Illinois.

It consists entirely of the Edison Park neighborhood, and is named after Thomas Alva Edison.[3] T. Edison gave his blessing to this community namesake in 1890. According to the 2000 Census, its population is 11,259. Edison Park has one of the highest concentrations of Irish ancestry in Chicago, where they make up over three-fourths of the neighborhood's population.

Located between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago River this area served as a local continental divide, with the Chicago River flowing then into Lake Michigan, which connected to the Atlantic Ocean through the Great Lakes, and the Des Plaines River feeding into the Illinois River and the Mississippi River to reach the Gulf of Mexico. Edison Park served as one of the portage points for early travelers who would carry their canoes across it to the north branch of the Chicago River corridor and is conveniently located next to Portage Park, Chicago, more generally recognized for this type of access.


Edison Park's settlement history dates back to 1834, with the arrival of pioneer Christian Ebinger Sr., 21, and his family: parents John and Katherine Ebinger along with his new bride, Barbara. As they traveled northwest from Chicago on the Indian trail to Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Milwaukee Avenue), their single horse was bitten by a snake and died, leaving them stranded. Consequently, the Ebingers decided to settle between Touhy and Devon. Their settlement location was west of the North Branch of the Chicago River, where they were joined by Christian's older brothers Frederick and John along with their sister Elizabeth (Mrs. John) Plank. The local public elementary school was named after Christian Ebinger. Edison Park incorporated as a village in 1881[4] Canfield incorporated and with the blessing of Thomas Alva Edison renamed itself Edison Park.[5] T. Edison gave his blessing to this community namesake in 1890. According to the 2000 Census, its population is 11,259. It was annexed to Chicago on November 8, 1910.[6]


One tradition in the community since 1972 is the Edison Park Festival, an end-of-summer weekend sponsored by the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce, combining merchant sidewalk sales, entertainment, a parade, Taste of Chicago and arts and crafts. It is an opportunity to introduce visitors to the benefits and beauty of the Edison Park community. The EP Fest is celebrated every year in mid-August.[citation needed]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 5,370
1940 5,999 11.7%
1950 7,843 30.7%
1960 12,568 60.2%
1970 13,076 4.0%
1980 12,457 −4.7%
1990 11,426 −8.3%
2000 11,178 −2.2%
2010 11,187 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

According to a 2016 analysis by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, there were 11,208 people and 4,400 households in Edison Park. The racial makeup of the area was 87.3% White, 1.1% African American, 1.5% Asian, and 0.7% from other races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race were 9.5% of the population. In the area, the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 19, 19.5% from 20 to 34, 23.7% from 35 to 49, 19.6% from 50 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years.[8]

The median household income was $86,300 compared to a median income of $47,831 for Chicago at-large. The area had an Income distribution in which 8.2% of households earned less than $25,000 annually; 19.7% of households earned between $25,000 and $49,999; 14.7% of households earned between $50,000 and $74,999; 16.4% of households earned between $75,000 and $99,999; 16.6% of households earned between $100,000 and $149,999 and 24.4% of households earned more than $150,000. This is compared to a distribution of 28.8%, 22.8%, 16.1%, 10.7%, 11.3% and 10.3% for Chicago at large.[8]

Edison Park has the lowest violent crime rate of any Chicago neighborhood. Ranked as one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago, Edison Park also boasts a variety of restaurants and bars.[citation needed]


The Union Pacific / Northwest Line has a station in the Edison Park community.

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Census Data". Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 114. 
  4. ^ http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Monument-Playlot-Park/
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 114. 
  6. ^ https://chicagology.com/wp-content/themes/revolution-20/chicagoimages/annexation1930.jpg
  7. ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data". Chicago Community Areas Historical Data. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Community Demographic Snapshot: Edison Park" (PDF). Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. June 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Adam Emory Albright (1862 - 1957)". Museum of Wisconsin Art. June 2, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2017. 
  10. ^ Zangs, Mary (2014). The Chicago 77: A Community Area Handbook. Charleston, SC 29403: The History Press. pp. 190–193. ISBN 978-1-62619-612-4. 
  11. ^ "Senator John G. Mulroe (D) - Previous General Assembly (97th) 10th District". Retrieved July 3, 2017.  line feed character in |title= at position 62 (help)
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  13. ^ Dyja, Thomas L. (April 8, 2013). The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream. Westminster, London, England: Penguin Books. Retrieved July 3, 2017. 

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