Gage Park, Chicago
|Community Area 63 - Gage Park|
Location within the city of Chicago
|• Total||2.24 sq mi (5.80 km2)|
|• Density||18,000/sq mi (6,900/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP Codes||parts of 60609, 60629, 60632 and 60636|
|Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services|
Gage Park is one of Chicago's 77 well-defined community areas, located on the city's southwest side; it is also the name of a park within the neighborhood. Gage Park's population is largely working-class, and its housing stock is mostly bungalows. For generations, the neighborhood was Eastern European and Irish Catholic. The neighborhood remains overwhelmingly Catholic with the addition of many Hispanic residents.
The development of Gage Park began in 1873 when South Park Commissioner George W. Gage began working on a planned park at the intersection of Western Ave. and Garfield Boulevard. Upon Gage's death in 1875, the park was renamed Gage Park in his honor.
The area developed after Gage's passing, slowly adding more and more land and offering up more services to the local community. By 1919, Gage Park had added more land and the park now included ball fields, tennis courts, separate men's and women's gymnasiums, gardens, and a wading pool. A large field house and auditorium was later added in 1928, with a large mural by Tom Lea added in 1931.
On February 4, 2016, the bodies of six people were discovered in a home on the 5700 block of South California avenue.
Gage Park High School is located on South Rockwell Street, where 728 students attended during the 2013-2014 school year. Of the 728, 96.6% were from low-income households and 18.3% are homeless. The average ACT score in 2014 was 15.2 with the state average being 20. 
- Paral, Rob. "Chicago Demographics Data". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "Gage Park High School (9-12) - City of Chicago SD 299". Illinois Report Card. Illinois State Board of Education. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
- "UNO Charter Schools." United Neighborhood Organization. Retrieved on June 16, 2012.
- Paral, Rob. "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data". Retrieved 3 September 2012.
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