West Ridge, Chicago

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West Ridge
Community Area 02 - West Ridge
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 42°00′N 87°41.4′W / 42.000°N 87.6900°W / 42.000; -87.6900Coordinates: 42°00′N 87°41.4′W / 42.000°N 87.6900°W / 42.000; -87.6900
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.53 sq mi (9.1 km2)
 • Total77,122
 • Density22,000/sq mi (8,400/km2)
Demographics 2019 [1]
 • White40.60%
 • Black11.6%
 • Hispanic18.9%
 • Asian23.8%
 • Other5.2%
Educational Attainment 2019[1]
 • High School Diploma or Higher80.7%
 • Bachelor's Degree or Higher38.4%
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
60645 and parts of 60659
Median Household income 2019[1]$53,877
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

West Ridge is one of 77 Chicago community areas. It is a middle-class neighborhood located on the far North Side of the City of Chicago. It is located in the 50th ward and the 40th ward. Also historically called North Town, and frequently referred to as West Rogers Park, it is bordered on the north by Howard Street, on the east by Ridge Boulevard, Western Avenue, and Ravenswood Avenue, the south by Bryn Mawr Avenue and Peterson Avenue, and on the west by Kedzie Avenue and the North Shore channel of the Chicago River. At one time joined with neighboring Rogers Park, it seceded to become its own village in 1890 over a conflict concerning park districts (known as the Cabbage War).[2] West Ridge was annexed to Chicago on April 4, 1893, along with Rogers Park.[3]

Devon Avenue

Today West Ridge is one of Chicago's better off communities, filled with multi-ethnic culture lining Devon Avenue, historic mansions lining Ridge and Lunt Avenues, cultural institutions such as St. Scholastica Academy and one of the highest per capita incomes on the North Side of Chicago.

It is home to the Midwest's largest Hasidic community, as well as other Jewish, Irish American, German-American, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Assyrian, Russian, Korean and Rohingya[4] immigrant communities.

Neighborhoods and sub-areas[edit]

Golden Ghetto[edit]

The Golden Ghetto is bounded on the north by Warren Park and Pratt Avenue and on the south by Peterson Avenue. It acquired its name from the thriving Jewish community there from about 1930 to the mid-1970s. The Jewish community peaked at over 47,000 in the 1960s.[5] That community began to drift into the suburbs in the 1960s, and the neighborhood began to be home to South Asians and Russian Jews from about that time.

The heyday of the area is the topic of Adam Langer's Crossing California,[6] told from the perspective of the second-generation residents during their middle school and teenage years. There has been a recent resurgence in Jewish residents, up from a nadir of 20,000 to around 25,000 in the late 2010s, due to increased Orthodox residents.[5]

Rogers Park Manor Bungalow Historic District[edit]

The Rogers Park Manor Bungalow Historic District is a residential historic district in the West Ridge neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The district includes 329 buildings, 247 of which are Chicago bungalows built in the 1920s. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 15, 2005.[7]

Talman West Ridge Bungalow Historic District[edit]

The Talman West Ridge Bungalow Historic District is a residential historic district in the West Ridge neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. 181 of the district's 272 buildings are either brick Chicago bungalows or older stucco bungalows built from 1919 to 1930.


Public schools[edit]

Chicago Public Schools operates public schools.

Private schools[edit]

  • ABC Academy
  • Bais Yaakov High School
  • Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran School
  • Bnos Rabbeinu High School
  • Cheder Lubavitch Girls Elementary / High School
  • Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov High School
  • Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov / Tiferes Tzvi Elementary School
  • Keshet High School
  • Lubavitch Mesivta of Chicago
  • Native American Educational Services College
  • Victor C. Neumann School[8]
  • Sofer Nathan's Vocational College
  • St. Hilary Elementary School
  • St. Margaret Mary School
  • St. Philips Evangelical Lutheran School
  • Tzemach Tzedek Elementary School (Opened 2002)[9]
  • Yeshivas Brisk / Brisk Rabbinical College
  • Yeshiva Migdal Torah School
  • Yeshiva Ohr Boruch-Veitzener Cheder


West Ridge has supported the Democratic Party in the past three presidential elections, though relative support declined slightly from 2016 to 2020. In the 2020 presidential election, West Ridge cast 17,222 votes for Joe Biden and cast 7,281 votes for Donald Trump.[failed verification][10] In the 2016 presidential election, West Ridge cast 16,712 votes for Hillary Clinton and cast 4,772 votes for Donald Trump.[11] In the 2012 presidential election, West Ridge cast 14,446 votes for Barack Obama and cast 5,345 votes for Mitt Romney.[12]

It had been represented in the Chicago City Council by Alderman Bernard Stone from 1973 until May 2011. On April 5, 2011, Alderman Debra Silverstein defeated Stone in a runoff election[13] and now represents the 50th Ward, which encompasses West Ridge.


The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago operates Catholic churches. On July 1, 2020, St. Henry, St. Margaret Mary, and St. Timothy churches will merge.[14]

Historical population[edit]

Historical population


Bus routes[edit]


  • 11 Lincoln
  • 49B North Western
  • 82 Kimball-Homan
  • 84 Peterson
  • 93 California/Dodge (Monday–Saturday only)
  • 96 Lunt (Weekdays only)
  • 97 Skokie
  • 155 Devon
  • 206 Evanston Circulator (Weekday rush hours only)


  • 215 Crawford-Howard
  • 290 Touhy

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "Rogers Park? West Ridge? East Rogers Park? 'Hood Border Confusion Continues - Rogers Park - DNAinfo Chicago". Archived from the original on March 30, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
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