Avalon Park



Neighborhood Description

Avalon Park, located on the south side of the U.S. city of Chicago, Illinois, is one of the city's 77 official community areas and a park. Boundaries are 76th St. to the north, South Chicago Ave. to the east and 87th St. to the south. The community area includes the neighborhoods of Avalon Park, Marynook and Stony Island Park.

Johnathon Pierce began to develop the area under the name "Pierce's Park" in 1888. The Avalon Park Community Church (founded in 1896) led an effort to change the name of the area, and in 1910 the name was changed to Avalon Park. Early settlers included German and Irish railroad workers in the 1880s who built homes on stilts to raise them above the often flooded marshlands. A sewer system created in 1910 helped to drain the area and facilitate further development.

Avalon Park experienced a major demographic change in the 1960s. In the 1960 census, Avalon Park was 0% African American (only six of 12,710 residents). A decade later, Avalon Park was 83% African American, according to the 1970 census. The African American population continued to increase, making up 98% of the residents by 1990. The change in the neighborhood was different from the "white flight" that many other Chicago neighborhoods experienced: the average educational level increased, while the poverty rate decreased from 6.1% to 5.1% between 1960 and 1970. Unlike in some other rapidly changing neighborhoods, the homeownership rate remained high – still above 70%, as it has been since 1950. In the 1980 census, 59% of the population were employed in white-collar occupations; this rose to 65% in the 2000 census.

Neighborhood Links


Avalon Park Neighborhood Council

Avalon Park Community Center

Avalon Park Chamber of Commerce

History of Avalon Park


Resources in Avalon Park

Fresenius Medical Care of South Shore Hospital
(773) 7680-810
8012 S Crandon Avenue

University of Illinois Mile Square Health Center: South Shore
(312) 996-2000
7131 S Jeffrey Avenue

University of Chicago Outpatient Senior Health Center
(773) 702-5700
7101 S Exchange Avenue


Post Office

US Post Office
7715 S Cottage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60619

US Post Office
7436 S Exchange Aenue
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 375-2180


Avalon Park- Chicago Public Schools
(773) 535-6615
8045 S Kenwood Avenue

Chicago International Charter School
(773) 721-0858
1501 East 83rd Street


Grocery Stores

(855) 955-2534
7800 S South Chicago Avenue

Nature’s Way Health Food Store
(773) 721-6611
8504 S stony Island Avenue

Honey Baked Ham
(773) 734-6700
8815 S Stony Island Avenue

(773) 955-8150
7530 S Stony Island Avenue

(773) 643-4867
7240 S Stony Island Avenue


Cool Places to Eat

Thomas Restaurant
(773) 427-4239
1657 E 87th Street
Cuisine: American

Stony Subs
(773) 978-4000
8440 S Stony Island Avenue
Cuisine: American

Anita’s Gumbo
(773) 734-2788
8100 S Stony Island Avenue
Cuisine: American

Grand Chinese Kitchen
(773) 768-1818
1511 E 87th Street
Cuisine: Chinese

Gianna’s Pizza
(773) 734-9000
1519 E 87tgh Street
Cuisine: Italian

The Family Den
(773) 734-8545
8942 S Stony Island Avenue
Cuisine: American