Far Southwest Side

Tucked away on the far corner of Chicago in a unique topography that includes hills, alley-less streets, and a small-town feel, the neighborhoods of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood have been stable and in-demand neighborhoods since their inceptions in the early 20th Century.

The mostly residential communities, home to about 62,000 people, have an exceptionally broad mix of housing types from modest brick bungalows to elaborate historic mansions along the curving Longwood Drive. Those housing choices, combined with good transportation and a City of Chicago residency requirement for city workers, have created an economically and racially diverse district with a “village in the city” atmosphere.

The Far Southwest Side has maintained a high level of demand for its housing through a combination of marketing, strong community traditions, welcome kits for new arrivals, and continued investment in both housing and retail by current residents. In the process, the neighborhoods have become increasingly diverse in racial, ethnic and economic mix, while maintaining a solid base of middle-class homeowners. [Excerpted from Summary of Assets]

Far Southwest Side Assets

Community assets are those built, natural, cultural and institutional elements that most define a neighborhood. They are anchor institutions, identity markers and community stabilizers. As such, they help guide local capital investment decisions.

Far Southwest Side Data

Neighborhoods are in a constant state of change. Data for the built environment informs decision-makers about existing conditions and allows for comparisons across neighborhoods and against citywide averages, and helps to determine what investments are needed.

Far Southwest Side Plans

Chicago has many citywide and local place-based plans with stated goals for the built environment. Some are municipal; others are nonprofit driven. They prioritize public and private capital investments, provide important context for those investments and help determine how a community should grow and where development should occur.