Sauganash Historic District

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Sauganash Historic District
Sauganash Historic District 2.1.jpg
Forest Glen Avenue north from Hiawatha Avenue
Sauganash Historic District is located in Illinois
Sauganash Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by Lemont and Keating Aves, Chicago and Northwestern Railway, and the alley to the east of Kilbourn Ave, North Side, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°59′24″N 87°44′33″W / 41.99000°N 87.74250°W / 41.99000; -87.74250Coordinates: 41°59′24″N 87°44′33″W / 41.99000°N 87.74250°W / 41.99000; -87.74250
Area 160 acres (65 ha)[2]
NRHP Reference # 10000310[1]
Added to NRHP June 7, 2010[1]

The Sauganash Historic District is a historic district which includes the Sauganash Park suburban development, located in North Side, Chicago, Illinois.


It is roughly bounded by Lemont and Keating Avenues, the Chicago and Northwestern Railway tracks, and the alley to the east of Kilbourn Avenue.

The NRHP historic district includes 468 contributing structures and 141 non-contributing ones.[2]

The Old Treaty Elm, said to be the site where the Indian Treaty of 1835 was signed, stood near the southernmost point of the District until 1933. A commemorative plaque now marks the site.


Between 1840 and 1880 Chicago’s population multiplied 126 times over. As hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the city, they encountered congested streets, crowded tenements, and unsanitary living conditions. However, by the turn of 19th century, reliable and affordable transportation to and from the city center allowed for working individuals to commute from suburban developments, such as the Sauganash Historic District. Built between 1912 and 1950, Sauganash was conceived by its developers, Koester and Zander, as a haven for middle-class families fleeing the crowded city center. The neighborhood, with its streetscapes, specific housing types, and carefully designed public spaces, was developed as a distinct community, the design and style of which continues to set Sauganash apart from the rest of the city today.[3]

The district was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on June 7, 2010.[1] The listing was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of June 18, 2010.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Announcements and actions on properties for the National Register of Historic Places for June 18, 2010". Weekly Listings. National Park Service. June 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  2. ^ a b Katie Macica and Stella Ress (January 19, 2010). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Sauganash Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-06-26.  (110 pages, with maps, figures and 42 photos from 2007, 2008, and historic)
  3. ^ "Weekly Highlight 18 June 2010 Sauganash Historic District, Cook County, Illinois". 

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