Lake Township, Cook County, Illinois

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Lake Township
Coordinates: 41°46′3″N 87°40′47″W / 41.76750°N 87.67972°W / 41.76750; -87.67972[1]Coordinates: 41°46′3″N 87°40′47″W / 41.76750°N 87.67972°W / 41.76750; -87.67972[1]
CountryUnited States

Lake Township, also known as the Town of Lake, was a 42-square-mile (109 km2) former civil township in Cook County, Illinois, which now forms the south-west portion of Chicago. It was bounded by present-day Pershing Road (3900 South) on the north, State Street (0 East/West) on the east, and the Chicago city boundaries on the north and east. The Union Stock Yards were developed as an economic anchor of the township.

The township was annexed into the city of Chicago in 1889, and its functions fell into abeyance. Townships in Chicago were abolished in 1902;[2] however, they, including Lake Township, are still used for property assessment purposes.[3] The former township hub became the Englewood neighborhood.


  1. ^ "Lake Township (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Cook County Township Government FAQ Part 1". The Civic Federation. The Civic Federation. April 14, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "What Cook County Township Am I In?". Kensington Research. Kensington Research and Recovery. Retrieved October 12, 2019.