Neighborhood

Austin


 
  

Neighborhood Description

 

Austin, first established as a 280-acre subdivision in 1865, has grown into one of Chicago's largest community areas, in both size and population. Originally home to the government seat of the Township of Cicero, Austin became a part of the city in 1899 after "people from other parts of Cicero Township resented the influence and the dominance of Austinites and began an election to have" it annexed into Chicago. Residents of the neighborhood didn't like this, and they fought to maintain an independent identity after annexation. One example of this was the 1929 construction of Austin Town Hall, which was modeled on Philadelphia's Independence Hall.
 
Aided by the presence of street railways and the Lake Street "L" (now the Green Line), Austin was one of the "best-served commuter areas" in the city by 1920. "Commerce in Austin followed transit lines" and the population exploded. The community had more than 130,000 residents living within its borders by 1930, and the area transformed from a village filled with large frame homes into a densely populated area that featured "brick two-flats, small frame houses, and the ubiquitous brick story-and-a-half bungalow." Austin's "nineteenth-century village" feel is not completely gone, though. The "residential core is still visible in the Midway Park area," and it boasts "stately neoclassical and Queen Anne–style homes, many designed by architect Frederick Schock, as well as several structures by Frank Lloyd Wright and his students." One of Austin's other "crown jewels" is Columbus Park, which was designed by Jens Jensen in 1920, and includes "a lagoon, a golf course, winding paths and an imposing refectory overlooking the lagoon. "
 

Neighborhood Links

 

Chicago Park District: Austin

 

Chicago Public Library: Austin

 

History of Austin

 

Resources in Austin

Hospitals


Loretto Hospital

(773) 626-4300

645 South Central Avenue

 

Post Office

 

(773) 379-6380

5001 West Division Street

 

(773) 237-0710

5100 West Grand Avenue

 

(773) 378-4122

324 South Laramie Avenue

 

Schools


Prosser Career Academy High School

(773) 534-3200

2148 North Long Avenue

 

North Grand High School
(773) 534-8520

4338 West Wabansia Avenue

 

Douglass Academy High School
(773) 534-6176

543 North Waller Avenue

 

Clark Academic Preparatory Magnet High School
(630) 897-6936

1000 Butterfield Road

 

Kelvyn Park High School
(773) 534-4200

4343 West Wrightwood Avenue

 

Northwest Middle School

(773) 534-3250

5252 West Palmer Street

 

Grocery Stores

Tony's Finer Foods

(773) 804-1556

2500 North Central Avenue

 

Aldi

N/A

800 North Kedzie Avenue #122

  

Jewel-Osco

(773) 637-1631

2520 North Narragansett Avenue

 

Morelia Supermarket

(773) 622-0995

4822 West Diversey Avenue

 

Cermak Produce

(773) 227-4700

4401 West Armitage Avenue

  

Cool Places to Eat

 

MacArthur's

(773) 261-2316

5412 West Madison Street

Cuisine: Southern

 

G & N, The King of Breakfast

N/A

5100 West North Avenue

Cuisine: Diners

 

Quench

(773) 287-3663

5815 West Madison Street

Cuisine: Fast Food, Vegetarian

 

Barney’s Pizza

(773) 287-9100

5652 West Chicago Avenue

Cuisine: Pizza

 

3-D’s Jerk Chicken and Caribbean Food

(773) 637-6518

5317 West North Avenue

Cuisine: Caribbean

 

Margie’s Beef

(773) 287-6700

1334 North Cicero Avenue

Cuisine: Hot Dogs

  

Golden Sea Chop Suey

(773) 921-1111

5501 West Division Street

Cuisine: Barbeque