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 Polish-Americans and Mexican-Americans. It has its own association, "West Elsdon Civic Association," which privately organizes the neighborhood. St. Turibius grade school, a Roman Catholic elementary school, is located at 57th and Karlov.


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 , also american college legend Vince Bubacz they are both graduates 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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