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Bridgeview is a village in Cook Countymarker, Illinoismarker in the United Statesmarker. It is located approximately from the Chicago Loopmarker. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 15,335. The village of Bridgeview is home to the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.

Geography

Bridgeview is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.7 km²), all of it land.

The southern border of the town is Southwest Highway and Harlem Avenue. The northern border is staggered between 6700 South on the west side of the rail tracks and 6900 south on the east side of the rail tracks.

Bridgeview borders the following communities: Bedford Park, Nottingham Park (unincorporated Cook County, often considered part of Chicago due to its 60638 ZIP code), Burbank, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Worth, Palos Hills, Hickory Hills and Justice.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,335 people, 5,631 households, and 3,812 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,716.5 people per square mile (1,433.6/km²). There were 5,825 housing units at an average density of 1,411.7/sq mi (544.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.42% White, 0.82% African American, 0.30% Native American, 2.22% Asian, 3.97% from other races, and 5.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.42% of the population, including 7.7% of Mexican descent.

The top five non-Hispanic ancentries reported in Bridgeview as of the 2000 census were Polish (25.7%), Irish (17.2%), German (15.1%), Italian (9.0%) and Arab (7.2%).

There were 5,631 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $42,073, and the median income for a family was $52,490. Males had a median income of $38,843 versus $25,881 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,802. About 5.3% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Public Education

Bridgeview is served by a few different grade school districts.Most elementary and middle school students attend schools in Indian Springs District 109. Other are split between Summit District 104, and North Palos District 117.Most high school students go on to Argo Community High Schoolmarker District 217. Others attend Consolidated High School District 230 Amos Alonzo Stagg High Schoolmarker in Palos Hillsmarker as well as Oak Lawn Community High School.

Government

Bridgeview is in Illinois' 3rd congressional district.

History

The earliest settlement in Bridgeview occurred in the 1830s, when the area was still populated by Native American groups. By the 1870s German and Italian settlers began moving into the area for farming purposes. Dutch migrated to the area by the 1920s at which time farming began to decline; real estate and industry began to develop the area considerably. When Lake Michiganmarker water became available to the area, the population began to grow significantly. Bridgeview was incorporated in 1947 with an initial population of approximately 500 residents.

Bridgeview's motto is "A Well Balanced Community," as the village's zoning is divided equally into residential, commercial, and industrial areas. Its proximity to Chicago's Midway Airportmarker and downtown, along with access to major highways, has made it a crossroads of the inner southwest suburbs.

The Fifth District Circuit Court of Cook County is located in Bridgeview near 103rd Street and 76th Avenue.

Professional sports

Bridgeview has recently become the home of the Chicago Fire professional Major League Soccer team, whose stadium was funded by the village of Bridgeview and is operated by the Fire's parent company, Anschutz Entertainment Group. Toyota Parkmarker is home to not only the Fire, but also the Fire Reserves, Chicago Fire Premier, and the Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer as well. Toyota Park hosted the 2006 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, and continues to be a premier venue for important concerts. The village has also developed a plan to have mixed commercial and residential zone near the stadium to give the town a commercial and residential hub near the stadium. Development has not yet been approved.

The village of Bridgeview also has an indoor football team called the Bridgeview Red Devils. The team joined the United States Indoor Football League for the 2009 season.

Arab culture on Harlem Avenue

Today, Bridgeview, particularly Harlem Avenue, is a major center of Arab American cultural life in America. Numerous self-owned businesses create an atmosphere similar to that of many Arab diaspora communities across the world. Some businesses include: ethnic grocery stores (containing imported groceries and appliances used to cook regional dishes, cultural souvenirs, and calling cards used specifically for customers to use when speaking to relatives overseas), Hookah lounges, Middle Eastern sweets, and mosques and Christian Arab Churches.[16876]

Land value has skyrocketed in the area surrounding the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation (home to the largest Arab-Muslim community in the Midwestern U.S. outside Metro Detroit), reflecting high demand by Muslims to live near the mosque and adjacent private schools. On average, a vacant lot sells for $250K-$300K, which is comparable to wealthier southern and southwestern Chicago suburbs such as Orland Hillsmarker and Palos Parkmarker. .

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