Introduction to the Southeast side of Chicago

The neighboorhoods of Southeast Chicago that we have researched are the lakefront hugging communities of Bronzeville, Kenwood, Hyde Park, Woodlawn and Grand Crossing. This area is between six to eight miles south of the loop and east of the Dan Ryan. Some major points of interest in this area are the Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, the “junior” and Catherine Chapman Sports comlex as well as the Museum of Science and Industry. The transportation in these neighboorhoods ranges from the Green and Red line CTA “el” trains and the Metra.

The overall diversity of this area is lacking as we found most neighboorhoods were 78%-98% African American with the exception of the Hyde Park neighboorhood which is only 37.7% African American and is considered one of the most diverse Chicago neighboorhoods. Many of the people in these neighboorhoods live at or below the poverty level. In Woodlawn we came across the origination of the well-known gang, “the stones.” Many surrounding communities have moderate to high crime rates. All of these Southern Chicago neighboorhoods are mostly residential with a mix of housing from a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to government funded housing.

Each of these neighboorhoods has elementary, junior and high schools. The communities of Kenwood and Hyde Park offer nearly 100 after school and daycare sources while thus far Bronzeville, Woodlawn and Grand Crossing have few to none. Nearly half of the population in Bronzeville does not complete high school.

These neighboorhoods have presented diversity in educational resources as well as racial diversity. While some inhabitants of this area don’t face many chellenges some are faced with them on a daily basis. The Southeast side is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area and wears that diversity on its sleeve.


One Response to “Introduction to the Southeast side of Chicago”

  1. jhickey50 Says:

    It is amazing how diversity can have a great impact on different communities throughout Chicago. My area (Group 2) is also very diverse, especially at Albany Park. Albany Park is one of the neighborhoods with low-income residents. Therefore, many educational and mentoring programs are limited in this community. However, this also depends on the wealth status among each individual. I came to conclude that individuals with high educational level are less likely to experience poverty than those who are at low educational levels. That’s why I agree that more support and opportunities (educational based) should be provided for children, teenagers, and adults to further their educational goals.


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