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The City of Chicagomarker is divided into seventy-seven community areas. These areas are well-defined and static. Census data are tied to the community areas, and they serve as the basis for a variety of urban planning initiatives on both the local and regional levels.

The Social Science Research Committee at University of Chicagomarker defined seventy-five community areas during the late 1920s. At the time, these community areas corresponded roughly to neighborhoods within the city. In the 1950s, with the city's annexations for O'Hare airportmarker, a seventy-sixth community area was added. Other than the creation of the seventy-seventh community area in 1980 (by separating #77 Edgewater from #3 Uptown), boundaries have never been revised to reflect change but instead have been kept relatively stable to allow comparisons of these areas over time.

Today many of the community areas no longer correspond to any single neighborhood, and some community area names have fallen out of colloquial use. In many cases, the actual character of the community area is quite independent of that of the individual neighborhoods which comprise it.

Community Area designations are useful more than merely as a historical curiosity because they are considered more durable than the names of neighborhoods, which can change over time due to urban redevelopment, gentrification and the constant shuffle and absorption of the immigrant population.

A full list in numerical order and map is available below.


City of Chicago community numbering map
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Following is a list of the Chicago Community Areas by community area number (see map).

01 Rogers Parkmarker 21 Avondalemarker 41 Hyde Parkmarker 61 New Citymarker
02 West Ridgemarker 22 Logan Squaremarker 42 Woodlawnmarker 62 West Elsdonmarker
03 Uptownmarker 23 Humboldt Parkmarker 43 South Shoremarker 63 Gage Parkmarker
04 Lincoln Squaremarker 24 West Townmarker 44 Chathammarker 64 Clearingmarker
05 North Centermarker 25 Austinmarker 45 Avalon Parkmarker 65 West Lawnmarker
06 Lake Viewmarker 26 West Garfield Parkmarker 46 South Chicagomarker 66 Chicago Lawnmarker
07 Lincoln Parkmarker 27 East Garfield Parkmarker 47 Burnsidemarker 67 West Englewoodmarker
08 Near North Sidemarker 28 Near West Sidemarker 48 Calumet Heightsmarker 68 Englewoodmarker
09 Edison Parkmarker 29 North Lawndalemarker 49 Roselandmarker 69 Greater Grand Crossingmarker
10 Norwood Parkmarker 30 South Lawndalemarker 50 Pullmanmarker 70 Ashburnmarker
11 Jefferson Parkmarker 31 Lower West Sidemarker 51 South Deeringmarker 71 Auburn Greshammarker
12 Forest Glenmarker 32 Loopmarker 52 East Sidemarker 72 Beverlymarker
13 North Parkmarker 33 Near South Sidemarker 53 West Pullmanmarker 73 Washington Heightsmarker
14 Albany Parkmarker 34 Armour Squaremarker 54 Riverdalemarker 74 Mount Greenwoodmarker
15 Portage Parkmarker 35 Douglasmarker 55 Hegewischmarker 75 Morgan Parkmarker
16 Irving Parkmarker 36 Oaklandmarker 56 Garfield Ridgemarker 76 O'Haremarker
17 Dunningmarker 37 Fuller Parkmarker 57 Archer Heightsmarker 77 Edgewatermarker
18 Montclaremarker 38 Grand Boulevardmarker 58 Brighton Parkmarker
19 Belmont Craginmarker 39 Kenwoodmarker 59 McKinley Parkmarker
20 Hermosamarker 40 Washington Parkmarker 60 Bridgeportmarker

Community areas by sides

Community areas by side

Downtown and The Loop

The downtown area covers about 3 SQ miles, lying somewhat roughly between Chicago Avenue(800N) on the north, Lake Michiganmarker on the east, Roosevelt Road(1200S) on the south and DesPlaines(650W) Avenue on the west, serves as the city's commercial hub. The area known as The Loop, is a portion of downtown originally named for it once having been located within a circuit of cable cars. Today the name reflects the elevated train Loopmarker which follows roughly the same path as the original cable cars. Many of downtown's commercial, cultural, and financial institutions are located in the Loop.The current CTA Elevated Loop follows Wells St on the West, Van Buren St on the South, Wabash St on the East, and Lake St on the North.The North Side is also home to the city's largest parades: the annual Christmas, Thanksgiving and the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parades, which is always held the Saturday prior to Saint Patrick's Day, unless the holiday falls on a Saturday in which case the parade is held that day.

North Side

The city's North Side (extending north of downtown along the lakefront) is the most densely populated residential section of the city. It contains public parkland and beaches stretching for miles along Lake Michigan to the city's northern border. Much of the North Side has benefited from an economic boom which began in the 1990s. For example, the River North area, located just north of the Chicago River and the Loop, has undergone a transition from a warehouse district to an active commercial, residential, and entertainment hub, featuring the nation's largest concentration of contemporary art galleries outside of Manhattan. Just north of River North's galleries and bistros, demolition of the CHA's Cabrini-Greenmarker housing project began in 2003, being replaced by upscale townhomes.

South Side

The South Side (extending south of downtown along Lake Michigan) is the largest section of the city, encompassing roughly 60% of the city's land area. The section along the lake is marked with public parkland and beaches. The South Side has a higher ratio of single-family homes and also contains most of the city's industry.

Along with being the largest section of the city in terms of geography, the South Side is also home to one of the city's largest parades: the annual Bud Billiken Day parade, which is held during the second weekend of August and celebrates children returning to school.

The South Side has two of Chicago's largest public parks. Jackson Parkmarker, which hosted the World's Columbian Expositionmarker in 1893, is currently the site of the Museum of Science and Industrymarker. The park stretches along the lakefront, linking the neighborhoods of Hyde Parkmarker and South Shoremarker. Washington Parkmarker, which is connected to Jackson Park by the Midway Plaisancemarker, was considered as the primary site of the Olympic Stadium for the 2016 Summer Olympics, had Chicago won the bid.

West Side

The West Side (extending west of downtown) is made up of neighborhoods such as Austinmarker, Lawndalemarker, Garfield Parkmarker, West Townmarker, and Humboldt Parkmarker among others. Some neighborhoods, particularly Garfield Park and Lawndale, have socio-economic problems including urban decay and crime. Other West Side neighborhoods, especially those closer to downtown, have been undergoing gentrification.

Major parks on the West Side include Douglas Park, Garfield Park, and Humboldt Park. Garfield Park Conservatorymarker houses one of the largest collections of tropical plants of any U.S. city. Cultural attractions on the West Side include Humboldt Park's Puerto Rican Day festival, and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen.

Alternate geographic breakdowns


Another method of neighborhood nomenclature in heavily Catholic neighborhoods of Chicago has been to refer to communities in terms of parishes. For example, one might say, "I live in St. Gertrude's, but he's from Saint Ita's." Some of these designations have come into common parlance as developers have used them to market new gentrifying areas such as "St. Ben's", a neighborhood found on the Chicago Realtor Association's official Chicago Neighborhood map. Chicago's 'Polish Patches' are also named after the historically Polish church located in the vicinity.


Since 1923, the City of Chicago has been divided into 50 City Council Aldermanic wards. Each of the 50 areas is represented on the City council by one Alderman and in many social, political and economic contexts, it is reasonable to describe what part of Chicago one is from by who one's alderman is or what ward one lives in. However, using wards as the basis for comparing areas of the city over time has limited utility, due to the fact that the wards need to be redistricted every ten years. The current ward boundaries are mapped here.

Far North side

Rogers Park (01)

West Ridge (02)

Edgewater (77)

Edison Park (09)

Norwood Park (10)

Jefferson Park (11)

Forest Glen (12)

North side

North Center (05)

Lake View (06)

Lincoln Park (07)

Uptown (03)

Lincoln Square (04)

Northwest side

North Park (13)

Albany Park (14)

O'Hare (76)

Avondale (21)

Logan Square (22)

Portage Park (15)

Irving Park (16)

Dunning (17)

Montclare (18)

Belmont Cragin (19)

Hermosa (20)

Central, Near North, and Near South sides

Near North Side (08)

Loop (32)

Near South Side (33)

West side

Humboldt Park (23)

West Town (24)

Austin (25)

West Garfield Park (26)

East Garfield Park (27)

Near West Side (28)

North Lawndale (29)

South Lawndale (30)

Lower West Side (31)

Southwest side

Garfield Ridge (56)

Archer Heights (57)

Brighton Park (58)

McKinley Park (59)

New City (61)

West Elsdon (62)

Gage Park (63)

Clearing (64)

West Lawn (65)

Chicago Lawn (66)

West Englewood (67)

Englewood (68)

South side

Armour Square (34)

Douglas (35)

Oakland (36)

Fuller Park (37)

Grand Boulevard (38)

Kenwood (39)

Washington Park (40)

Hyde Park (41)

Woodlawn (42)

South Shore (43)

Bridgeport (60)

Greater Grand Crossing (69)

Far Southwest side

Ashburn (70)

Auburn Gresham (71)

Beverly (72)

Washington Heights (73)

Mount Greenwood (74)

Morgan Park (75)

Far Southeast side

Chatham (44)

Avalon Park (45)

South Chicago (46)

Burnside (47)

Calumet Heights (48)

Roseland (49)

Pullman (50)

South Deering (51)

East Side (52)

West Pullman (53)

Riverdale (54)

Hegewisch (55)


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