West Elsdon, Chicago

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West Elsdon
Community area
Community Area 62 - West Elsdon
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 41°47.4′N 87°43.2′W / 41.7900°N 87.7200°W / 41.7900; -87.7200Coordinates: 41°47.4′N 87°43.2′W / 41.7900°N 87.7200°W / 41.7900; -87.7200
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
City Chicago
 • Total 1.18 sq mi (3.06 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,109
 • Density 15,000/sq mi (5,900/km2)
 • White 17.95%
 • Black 1.41%
 • Hispanic 79.04%
 • Asian 1.23%
 • Other 0.38%
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes parts of 60629 and 60632
Median income $51,003
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

West Elsdon, one of the 77 official community areas, is located on the southwest side of the City of Chicago, Illinois. It is noted as a twin neighborhood of West Lawn. It has a population which includes a mix of dwindling Polish-American residents and increasing Mexican-American residents who currently constitute a clear majority. It has its own association, "West Elsdon Civic Association," which privately organizes the neighborhood. St. Turibius grade school, a Roman Catholic elementary school, located at 57th and Karlov, closed in 2013 and is currently inactive though the building remains and is adjacent to St. Turibius Roman Catholic church. The former Lourdes Roman Catholic girls' high school located from 55th to 56th street from Komensky to Karlov Avenue is now a Chicago Public Schools magnet high school, John Hancock High School.


Before the early 20th century, the area now designated West Elsdon was a marshy remnant of an ancient lake. The early settlers were German-Americans and Irish-Americans. During the 1930s, housing was built and Polish-Americans and other Central Europeans settled the area. The land remained rural until World War II, when growth resumed and brick houses were built. Mexican-Americans settled in the eastern part of the community. Soon public schools were registering more Hispanic-Americans, and the CTA Orange Line was built to connect Midway Airport to Downtown.

Actress/Author Jenny McCarthy grew up in the area and is a graduate of St. Turibius grammar school.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,861
1940 3,255 13.8%
1950 7,728 137.4%
1960 14,215 83.9%
1970 14,059 −1.1%
1980 12,797 −9.0%
1990 12,266 −4.1%
2000 15,921 29.8%
2010 18,109 13.7%


  1. ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Demographics Data". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data". Retrieved 3 September 2012. 

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