Montclare, Chicago

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Community Area 18 - Montclare
Mont Clare Metra station located near Grand Avenue and Sayre Avenue.
Mont Clare Metra station located near Grand Avenue and Sayre Avenue.
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 41°55.8′N 87°48′W / 41.9300°N 87.800°W / 41.9300; -87.800Coordinates: 41°55.8′N 87°48′W / 41.9300°N 87.800°W / 41.9300; -87.800
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.99 sq mi (2.56 km2)
 • Total14,401
 • Density15,000/sq mi (5,600/km2)
Demographics 2015[1]
 • White27.93%
 • Black4.43%
 • Hispanic62.30%
 • Asian4.72%
 • Other0.62%
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
parts of 60634, 60707
Median household income$43,015[1]
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

Montclare is one of 77 officially designated Chicago community areas located on the Northwest Side of the City of Chicago, Illinois.


William Sayre bought the land that would become Montclare at a Jefferson Township land sale. The 1870s brought the railroad and a housing development. The developers named the area Montclare, after Montclair, New Jersey. In 1889, the area was annexed into Chicago with the rest of Jefferson Township.[2] At the time of annexation, the rural, agricultural area had fourteen houses and 120 residents.[3] In 1912, the Grand Avenue streetcar was extended to the area and Tudor houses were built in response.[2] The area continued to be relatively undeveloped during this period.[3]

During the latter half of the twentieth century, the area saw an increase in brick bungalows and residents attracted by the suburban character of the area.[4]


The area is bordered by Harlem Avenue on the west, Belmont Avenue on the north and railroad tracks to both the south and east.[2] These railroad tracks include those that service the area via the Milwaukee District/West Line at Mont Clare station and the former Dunning spur line that the Milwaukee Road used to serve the Chicago-Read Mental Health Center and several factories among the Brickyard. The Dunning spur was torn up by Canadian Pacific, the successor to the Milwaukee Road. Located at Chicago's city limits, it borders the village of Elmwood Park to the west.

Consistent with the area's history[2][3] the majority of land use in the area is single family residential and transportation with acreage of 250 acres and 193 acres respectively. Other land uses include 63 acres of multi family residential, 55 acres of commercial development, 6 acres of mixed use development, 19 acres of industrial development, 29 acres of institutional development and 11 acres of open space.[1]

It is often paired with the neighboring Galewood neighborhood in Austin.[5]


According to a 2016 analysis by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, there were 12,887 people and 4,429 households residing in the area.[1] The racial makeup of the area was 31.60% White, 3.60% African American, 5.70% Asian, 0.80% from other races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 58.20% of the population.[1] The age distribution is 27.30% under the age of 19, 22.60% from 20 to 34, 20.80% from 35 to 49, 18.20% from 50 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The media age was 35 years.[1]

The median household income for the area was $41,593 as opposed to $47,831 for the city; 24.4% of Montclare residents earned less than $25,000, 33.4% of residents earned between $25,000 and $49,999, 14.8% earned between $50,000 to $74,999, 12.4% earned between $75,000 and $99,999, 11.1% earned between $100,000 and $149,999, 3.9% earned $150,000 or more.[1] There were 6,381 residents in the labor force. 12% of workers were employed in manufacturing, 11.6% were employed in healthcare, 11% were employed in retail, 10.1% worked in administration, and 9% worked in hospitality and food services. The area had an unemployment rate of 12.3%.[1]


In the 2016 presidential election, Montclare cast 3,492 votes for Hillary Clinton and cast 984 votes Donald Trump.[6] In the 2012 presidential election, Montclare cast 2,973 votes for Barack Obama and 883 votes for Mitt Romney.[7]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Community Demographic Snapshot: Montclare" (PDF). Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. June 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Keating, Ann Durkin (November 15, 2008). Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226428833.
  3. ^ a b c Murray, Janet (February 11, 1954). "Montclare and Dunning grow hand in hand: Both communities start as farming regions". Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ Edwards, Brian (August 24, 1990). "Frontier bargains: City living Tiny Montclare offers quiet family living way out west". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Chinn, Leslie R. (September 2, 2009). "Residents still pining for new Galewood-Montclare library building". Austin Weekly News. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Ali, Tanveer (November 9, 2016). "How Every Chicago Neighborhood Voted In The 2016 Presidential Election". Chicago, Illinois: Archived from the original on March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  7. ^ Ali, Tanveer (November 7, 2012). "How Every Chicago Neighborhood Voted In The 2012 Presidential Election". Chicago, Illinois: Archived from the original on March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Hearings Regarding Communist Espionage: Hearings before the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Eighty-First Congress, First Session". November 8, 1949. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  9. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1983-1984,' Biographical Sketch of Lawrence DiPrima, pg. 67
  10. ^ "Northwest Side Kite Flyers in Semi-Final Contest Saturday". Chicago Tribune. April 14, 1940. p. NW1 – via ProQuest.
  11. ^ Megan, Graydon (July 27, 2012). "Ray Soden, 1924-2012". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  12. ^ Gardner, Kyla (April 7, 2015). "Gilbert Villegas Wins 36th Ward Election". DNAinfo. Archived from the original on November 15, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2018.

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