Bridgeview is a village in Cook County, United States. It is located 15 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop; as of the 2010 census, the village population was 16,446. Bridgeview is home to the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. Bridgeview is located at 41.7424,-87.8068. According to the 2010 census, Bridgeview has a total area of all land; the village has a rectangular shape. The southern border of the town is 103rd Street between 76th Harlem; 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, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Palos Hills, Hickory Hills and Justice. Bridgeview is 15 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop; as of the census of 2000, there were 15,335 people, 5,631 households, 3,812 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,716.5 people per square mile. There were 5,825 housing units at an average density of 1,411.7 per square mile.
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, 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 ancestries reported in Bridgeview as of the 2000 census were Polish, German and Arab. 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, 32.3% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone, 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, 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, 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. Bridgeview is in Illinois' 3rd congressional district; the U. S. Postal Service operates the Bridgeview Post Office; 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. After Lake Michigan water became available to the area, the population grew significantly; the Bridgeview Community Club became the center of local activities. Bridgeview was incorporated in 1947 with an initial population of 500 residents.
Local residents chose the name "Bridgeview" by one vote over "Oketo", which remains a street name in the village today. The term "Bridgeview" connotes views of the area from the Harlem Avenue bridge, 79th Street bridge and 87th Street bridge. Arab Americans are a growing presence, making up 7 percent of the population in 2000. In 1981, an Islamic social club was established and by 1984 it had become a mosque. Two Islamic schools in Bridgeview educate hundreds of students from K-12. Bridgeview's motto is "A Well Balanced Community", as the village's zoning is divided into residential and industrial areas, its proximity to Chicago's Midway Airport 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. Public elementary school districts serving Bridgeview include: Indian Springs School District 109 Two Indian Springs schools are in the city limits: Bridgeview Elementary School and Lyle Elementary School.
Cook County School District 104 North Palos School District 117 Residential areas of the North Palos School District section are zoned to Dorn Elementary School, Glen Oaks Elementary School, Conrady Middle School. Ridgeland School District 122 Residents are zoned to Lieb Elementary in Bridgeview and Simmons Middle School in Oak Lawn. High school districts: Argo Community High School Oak Lawn Community High School Consolidated High School District 230 Amos Alonzo Stagg High School serves the section of Bridgeview in District 230Private schools in Bridgeview: Aqsa School Universal School K-8 private schools in the surrounding area: St. Albert the Great School St. Louis DeMontfort School St. Patricia School Zion Lutheran School Moraine Valley Community College serves area residents; the Bridgeview Public Library serves residents of the village. Bridgeview has 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 village.
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Austin is one of seventy-seven designated community areas in Chicago, Illinois. Located on the city's West Side, it is the second largest community area by population and the second-largest geographically. Austin's eastern boundary is the Belt Railway located just east of Cicero Avenue, its northernmost border is the Milwaukee District / West Line. Its southernmost border is at Roosevelt Road from the Belt Railway west to Austin Boulevard; the northernmost portion, north of North Avenue, extends west to Harlem Avenue, abutting Elmwood Park. In addition to Elmwood Park, Austin borders the suburbs of Cicero and Oak Park. In 1835, Henry DeKoven purchased prairie land in the region. In 1857, a group of citizens formed the Town of Cicero, a ten-member local governing body that covered modern day Cicero, Oak Park and Austin. Eight years DeKoven's land was bought by Henry W. Austin. Austin, a businessman and real estate speculator, developed the namesake Austinville subdivision, its population grew exponentially as the area's attractive amenities and access to suburban railroad service drew in population.
In 1870, the Town of Cicero placed its town hall in Austin. However, by the 1890s, the populated Austin area dominated town politics, but did not constitute a majority of voters; the Austin controlled township government allowed the Lake Street Elevated to extend into Oak Park. Outraged, the other residents of Cicero Township voted to allow Chicago to annex the Austin area in an 1899 referendum; the residents of Austin voted against the referendum. After its annexation, Austin continued to maintain an suburban identity. By the 1920s, the area had developed significant street railways to serve its commuter population; this infrastructure attracted a large group of European immigrants to the community. In 1926, it was estimated the area had 140,000 residents. In 1923, Austin Hospital opened. In 1938, the hospital, now called William Temperance Hospital, was taken over by Sisters of Saint Casimir who operated the hospital as Loretto Hospital. In 1949, construction began on the Eisenhower Expressway which bisected the southern portion of Austin.
After World War II, African-Americans moved into the surrounding community areas of East Garfield Park, North Lawndale, & West Garfield Park. Despite white flight in the surrounding neighborhoods, in 1960, the Austin community was near white. In the mid-1960s, African-Americans began moving into Austin proper; this created animosity amongst the white residents. By 1970, despite the aggressive blockbusting efforts of realtors, the Austin community was 32% black. A decade it was 73% black; this trend would continue for the rest of the twentieth century. The latter half of the twentieth century saw significant divestment from the community; the Central station on the Chicago Transportation Agency's Congress Line was closed on September 2, 1973. In 1988, West Side Health Authority was formed after the closure of St. Anne's Hospital. In 1991, the Sisters of Saint Casimir gave control of Loretto Hospital to a management company. In 1999, developers agreed to turn the abandoned Galewood rail yard into an industrial park.
During the development of the property, then-Alderman Ike Carothers solicited a bribe to allow the permitting process and zoning changes to move forward. The subsequent trials created a political scandal, ended with the conviction of the developer and Carothers on various felony charges; the $60 million development brought new homes and a movie theater to the neighborhood. Austin is Chicago's largest community area both by land area; the Austin community area is made up of four neighborhoods. Galewood is named for Abram Gale who bought a farm on the area in 1838; the neighborhood is bordered by the Milwaukee District / West Line to the north, Harlem Avenue to the west, North Avenue to the south and Central Avenue to the east. The area is a Italian-American community with a sizable population of Chicago city employees. Since the 1980s, it has seen an increase in African American and Latino residents, but this integration has occurred peacefully in contrast with other areas of Chicago. Galewood has two stations on the Milwaukee District West Line.
The first station, Mars station functions as a stop for employees of the nearby Mars, Incorporated factory and Shriners Hospitals for Children, the latter of, located in Belmont Cragin. The Mars station only stops during traditional commuting hours; the second, Galewood station is a regular service station. The neighborhood has strong ties with neighboring Montclare, including sharing a namesake library in the Chicago Public Library system, is sometimes considered as part of that neighborhood and not the Austin community. Galewood is whiter than the remainder of Austin. Galewood is 22.51% White, 50.17% African American, 1.77% from two or more races. Residents who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.96% of the total Galewood population with the western half of Galewood being 36% white and 31% African American. The Island neighborhood is located in the southwest corner of the Austin community, it has a population of 1,700 residents. It encompasses a square mile and its western and southern borders are to the suburbs of Oak Park and Cicero respectively.
It is further isolated from the rest of Austin by an industrial corridor to its east and railroad tracks and Interstate 290 to the north. It is only accessible from Austin Roosevelt Road; the Island was the last of Austin's neighborhoods to integrate. In the 1980s, when the re
Orland Park, Illinois
Orland Park is a village in Cook County, United States, a suburb of Chicago, which in 2010 had a population of 56,767.25 miles southwest of Chicago, Orland Park is close to several interstate highways, with the I-80 east-west coast connector as its southern border. The Metra commuter rail system links it to the Chicago Loop and from there to O'Hare and Midway airports; the village was incorporated on May 31, 1892. According to the 2015 census, Orland Park has a total area of 22.167 square miles, of which 21.88 square miles is land and 0.287 square miles is water. The main bodies of water in Orland are two lakes: McGinnis Slough. Communities bordering Orland Park include Homer Glen to the west, Orland Hills and Mokena to the south, Tinley Park to the southeast, Oak Forest to the east, Palos Park and Palos Heights to the north; as of the 2000 census, there were 51,077 people, 18,675 households, 14,361 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,668.4 people per square mile. There were 19,045 housing units at an average density of 995.0 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the village was 93.53% White, 0.73% African American, 0.07% Native American, 3.47% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.67% of the population. The top five ancestries reported in Orland Park as of the 2000 census were Irish, Polish and English. There were 18,675 households out. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.16. In the village, the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males. The median income for a household in the village was $67,574, the median income for a family was $77,507. Males had a median income of $57,275 versus $34,763 for females.
The per capita income for the village was $30,467. About 2.1% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over. Since 2000, the average household income in the Orland Park area has risen to an estimated $90,917 in 2006. Orland Park's businesses and jobs include finance, retail and healthcare. Shopping complexes include Orland Square Mall. Orland Park plans to develop a new downtown district, the Orland Park Downtown called the Main Street Triangle, as well as the I-80 Business District. According to Orland Park's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's top employers are: Orland Park has a large Recreation and Parks Department; the village has over 60 parks, with plenty of options for recreation, from sports complexes to nature trails. The Centennial Park Aquatic Center is a 192-acre park with a public pool. With six water slides, two large pools, a children's play area, it is one of the largest public pools in the area.
Since its debut in 1992, the Aquatic center has gone through multiple renovations. There have been several add-ons, including two new water slides, two outdoor sand volleyball courts. Just south of the Centennial Park Aquatic Center is the 95-acre Lake Segdewick, it has hiking paths, nature trails, boat ramps, pedal boats and kayaks for rent. Fishing is allowed; the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink is in Centennial Park. Open from November to March, this outdoor ice rink is free of charge. There is a small warming hut; the Sportsplex, on 159th Street, is Orland Park's largest indoor recreational facility. It has three full-sized basketball courts, an indoor soccer field, a full weight room with free weights, plenty of cardio options, a ¼-mile indoor track. Personal trainers are available, along with fitness classes, including Pilates, yoga and Zumba; the Sportsplex has a 35-foot rock wall with six different routes for all skill levels. The Recreation and Parks Department helps organize many public events.
Centennial Park hosts charity events and seasonal events, including the Orland Park Turkey Trot, a 5K run held on Thanksgiving morning at the John Humphrey Complex. These events are advertised and supported by students of Carl Sandburg High School. Orland Park is divided between the 1st and the 3rd; the village maintained an Aa2 bond rating from an AA + rating from Standard and Poor's. These are among the best bond ratings in the Chicago suburbs; the elected Board of Trustees makes local legislation for the village. The elected officials include the village president, village clerk, six village trustees, each of whom is elected at large to a four-year term. Orland Park is served by four grammar school districts, Orland School District #135, Community Consolidated School District #146, Palos School District #118 and Kirby School District #140. A majority of Orland Park is within Orland School District #135. St. Michael School is in Orland Park. A number of other parochial schools in the region provide bus s
Illinois Route 43
Illinois Route 43 is a major north–south state road in the U. S. state of Illinois. It runs from U. S. Route 30 in Frankfort north to the large intersection of Illinois Route 120 and U. S. Route 41 in Waukegan. Illinois 43 is called Waukegan Road for the first 20 miles until its intersection with Oakton Street in Niles; when Illinois Route 50 begins in Skokie and Illinois Route 171 begins in Chicago, It parallels those routes for much of the rest of its length. It enters and runs parallel to Chicago limits several times, passing through or parallel to Edison Park, Norwood Park, Dunning and Austin on the Northwest Side Garfield Ridge and Clearing on the Southwest Side. It's listed as 7200 West in the Chicago address system, it is one of seven state roads. Illinois Route 42A ran on Waukegan Road and Harlem Avenue along modern-day Illinois 43, it was extended north to Highland Park in 1937 before being dropped for Illinois 43 in 1967. The original Illinois 43 is a current section of Illinois Route 4 from Marine to Murphysboro.
In Deerfield, Route 43 is designated a Blue Star Memorial Highway. Illinois Highway Ends: Illinois Route 43
Oak Park, Illinois
Oak Park is a village adjacent to the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is the 29th largest municipality in Illinois as measured by population in the 2010 U. S. census. As of the 2010 United States Census the village had a population of 51,878. Oak Park was settled beginning in the 1830s, with rapid growth in the 19th century and early 20th century, it incorporated in 1902. Development was spurred by railroads and street cars connecting the village to jobs in Chicago. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife settled here in 1889. Population peaked at 66,015 in 1940. Smaller families led to falling population in the same number of apartments. In the 1960s, Oak Park faced the challenge of racial integration, devising many strategies to integrate rather than resegregate the village. Oak Park includes three historic districts for the historic homes: Ridgeland, Frank Lloyd Wright and Seward Gunderson, reflecting the focus on historic preservation. In 1835, Joseph Kettlestrings, an immigrant from England, purchased 172 acres of land just west of Chicago for a farm and their home.
Once their children were born, they moved to Chicago for the schools in 1843, moved back again in 1855 to build a more substantial home a bit east on their quarter section of land. More farmers and settlers had entered the area, their land was called by several names locally, including Oak Ridge. When the first post office was set up, it could not use the name Oak Ridge as another post office was using that name in Illinois, so the post office chose Oak Park, that name became the name for the settlement as it grew, for the town when it incorporated in 1902. By 1850, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was constructed as far as Elgin and passed through the settlement area. In the 1850s the land on which Oak Park sits was part of the town of Cicero; the population of the area boomed during the 1870s, with Chicago residents resettling in Cicero following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the expansion of railroads and street cars to the area. "In 1872, when Oak Park received its own railroad depot on the Chicago and Northwestern Railway, its rapid emergence as a residential suburb of Chicago began.
In 1877, the railroad was running thirty-nine trains daily between Oak Chicago. As Chicago grew from a regional center to a national metropolis Oak Park expanded – from 500 residents in 1872 to 1,812 in 1890, to 9,353 in 1900, to 20,911 in 1910, to 39,585 in 1920. Oak Park thus emerged as a leading Chicago suburb."A review of Oak Park's history by Wiss, Elstner Associates in 2006 further explains the importance of railroads and street cars in the development of Oak Park: The Village of Oak Park was formally established in 1902, disengaging from Cicero following a referendum. According to the local historical society, "The period 1892–1950 saw the construction of all of the housing stock in Oak Park, most of the village's current buildings." The village population grew and "by 1930, the village had a population of 64,000 larger than the current population", while cherishing a reputation as the "World's Largest Village." Chicago grew in the 19th century, recording 4,470 residing in the 1840 Census in the place so a fur trading post, reaching 1,099,850 in 1890, 1,698,575 in 1900, passing Philadelphia to the number two spot in the US, in that year, the fifth largest in the world.
Chicago was well located on the shores of Lake Michigan for transport. After World War II, "Oak Park was affected by larger developmental trends in the Chicago Metropolitan area; the construction of the Eisenhower Expressway cut through the southern portion of the Village in the mid 1950s. Starting in the 1960s and 1970s, Oak Park has made a conscious effort to accommodate changing demographics and social pressures while maintaining the suburban character that has long made the Village a desirable residential location. Beginning in the 1960s, Oak Park faced the issue of racial integration with effective programs to maintain the character and stability of the Village, while encouraging integration on racial basis; this was the greatest challenge to Oak Park, which some judge it has met with success, see #Demographics. Population fell from the peak level from smaller average household size, including a rise in one-person households. Oak Park has a history of alcohol prohibition; when the village was incorporated, no alcohol was allowed to be sold within its village limits.
This law was relaxed in 1973, when restaurants and hotels were allowed to serve alcohol with meals, was further loosened in 2002, when select grocery stores received governmental permission to sell packaged liquor. Now alcohol, such as beer and wine, is accessible. In 1889, Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife settled in Oak Park, he built many homes and the Unity Temple, his own church, in the village, before he left in 1911 to settle in Wisconsin. Oak Park attracts architecture buffs and others to view the many Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes found in the village, alongside homes reflecting other architectural styles; the largest collection of Wright-designed residential properties in the world is in Oak Park. A distinct focus on historic preservation of important architectural styles began in the 1970s and continues, with many buildings marked as significant, so far, three historic districts defin
Lyons is a village in Lyons Township, Cook County, United States. The population was 10,729 at the 2010 census; the Chicago Portage National Historic Site is located in Lyons. Although first settled in 1888, Lyons remained as a large unincorporated area of Cook County for several years, before becoming a census-designated place in 2009; the community is steeped in earlier historical roots. In 1673 French Explorer Louis Joliet and Jesuit missionary Father Pierre Marquette left Green Bay, Wisconsin, by canoe in search of a western passage to the Pacific; as they traveled into the Spanish controlled area of Louisiana, they realized that the mighty Mississippi River drained into the well known Gulf of Mexico. With winter approaching, they headed north as as possible. To save time, the Potawatomi Indians who were with them encouraged changing their route to the Illinois River; the short cut led to the Des Plaines River and caused the French travelers to discover “Le Portage.” This half-mile wide area of land connecting the Chicago River and the Des Plaines River, over which they could carry their canoes and supplies, was to become the discovery for which they would both become famous.
Known as the Chicago Portage, this small area became the “Gateway to the West” and was used by thousands of early settlers and traders traveling both east and west. The discovery of “Le Portage” was part of the impetus that led to Chicago becoming a center for the world trade. Louis Joliet conceived the idea of constructing a canal to connect the two waterways; this idea was to become a reality 200 years with the opening of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. In time, the part of the I&M Canal that connected the south branch of the Chicago River with the Des Plaines River was replaced with the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, completed in 1900. Today, a statue stands in Lyons at the Chicago Portage National Historic Sight just north of Interstate 55 along Harlem Avenue, commemorating this historic National Heritage Corridor which stretches southwest through La Salle, Illinois. From the early 1960s through the late 1980s, Lyons was known for its notorious links to organized crime. Mayor William Smith, for whom a park was named, was being subjected to a federal corruption investigation when he died from cancer in 1989.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the small town was littered with notorious strip clubs and bars along its Ogden Avenue corridor. It was referred to an area of east Ogden Avenue known as "Driftland", due to the amount of drifters in the area. However, the village changed in the 1990s, several of the strip clubs and the majority of the bars no longer exist. Lyons is a working class area; the city has been home to a large Polish American community since the turn of the 20th century, reflected in three of the town's street names: Pulaski after Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski as well as Warsaw and Cracow. Lyons is the subject of a published book by Mark Athitakis, a native of Lyons, detailing the town's rich and colorful history. Lyons is located at 41°48′48″N 87°49′19″W. According to the 2010 census, Lyons has a total area of 2.237 square miles, of which 2.18 square miles is land and 0.057 square miles is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 10,255 people, 4,032 households, 2,556 families residing in the village.
The population density was 4,646.8 people per square mile. There were 4,219 housing units at an average density of 1,911.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 86.89% White, 1.00% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 6.86% from other races, 3.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.27% of the population, including 13.1% of Mexican descent. The top five non-Hispanic ancestries reported in Lyons as of the 2000 census were Polish, Irish and Italian. There were 4,032 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.6% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.21. In the village, the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males. The median income for a household in the village was $44,306, the median income for a family was $51,384. Males had a median income of $37,076 versus $28,627 for females; the per capita income for the village was $20,172. About 4.4% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over. Lyons is in Illinois' 3rd congressional district; the United States Postal Service operates the Lyons Post Office at 7836 Ogden Avenue. Lyons is served by the Lyons Elementary School District 103, which operates 5 elementary schools, two of which are in Lyons; the other 3 schools are Home and Lincoln, in Brookfield. Middle school students attend George Washington Middle School. High school students from Lyons attend J. Sterling Morton West High School, located in Berwyn. Lyons operates the Lyons Public Library a
Berwyn is a suburban city in Cook County, coterminous with Berwyn Township, formed in 1908 after breaking off from Cicero Township. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 56,657. Before being settled, the land, now Berwyn was traversed by Native American trails; the most important trails converged near the Chicago portage, two significant routes crossed what is today Berwyn. A branch of the Trail to Green Bay crossed Berwyn at what is now Riverside Drive, the Ottawa Trail spanned the southern end of the city. In 1846, the first land in "Berwyn" was deeded to Theodore Doty who built the 8-foot-wide Plank Road from Chicago to Ottawa along the Ottawa Trail; the trail had been used as a French and Indian trade route and more as a stage coach route to Lisle. This thoroughfare became. In 1856, Thomas F. Baldwin purchased 347 acres of land, bordered by what is now Ogden Avenue, Ridgeland Avenue, 31st Street, Harlem Avenue, in hopes of developing a rich and aristocratic community called "LaVergne".
However, few people were interested in grassy marshland. Mud Lake extended nearly to the southern border of today's Berwyn, the land flooded during heavy rains; the only mode of transportation to LaVergne was buggy on the Plank Road. To encourage people to move to LaVergne, Baldwin sold an 80-foot-wide strip of property to the Burlington and Quincy Railroad in 1862; the rail line opened in 1864, but the train did not stop in the area. The railroad refused to build a station, so the residents of the area constructed LaVergne Station on Ridgeland Avenue in 1874. However, the financial panic of 1873 and Baldwin's death in 1876 stunted the growth of LaVergne. Baldwin's daughter, inherited her father's estate, in 1879 she sold most of the land to a group of realtors controlled by Marshall Field; the new development stipulated the minimum building cost of each home. By the end of 1880, 12 new homes were built. By 1888, the settlement had grown so much that the Baldwin family donated the triangular piece of land bounded by Ogden Avenue, 34th Street, Gunderson Avenue so that a school could be built.
LaVergne School became the first public building in Berwyn. In 1890, Charles E. Piper and Wilbur J. Andrews, two Chicago attorneys, purchased a 106-acre plot of land from the Field syndicate to develop; the land was bounded by Wesley, Kenilworth, 31st Street, Ogden Avenues. By the following year, the two received approval from Cicero Township to double their land holdings. Piper and Andrews wanted the railroad to build a station in their development, but the railroad had stations at La Vergne and at Harlem Avenue. Piper and Andrews decided to build a station with the understanding that trains would stop regularly, they did not know what to name their station so they consulted a Pennsylvania train timetable to find a name. The name they chose was a beautiful subdivision outside of Philadelphia. After 1901, all settlements in the area were known as Berwyn. While Piper and Andrews were developing the southern portion of present-day Berwyn, John Kelly was helping to develop the north part from 12th Street to 16th Street.
This area was a part of an Oak Park subdivision, it appeared on some maps as "South Oak Park". In fact, children who lived in this area went to school in Oak Park. John Kelly was known as "Mr. Everything" because he was a realtor, insurance seller, community servant. In between the two settlements, there was little except for a few farms; the area between 16th and 31st streets was not settled. There were only two paths by which to travel between the two settlements, today these paths are known as Oak Park Avenue and Ridgeland Avenue. Although Berwyn was chartered as a city in 1908, it was not until the 1920s that this middle portion of land was developed. During this time, Berwyn was the area's fastest growing suburb; the city's stringent building codes resulted in block upon block of well-built brick two-story bungalows. Many contained elaborate design elements not seen, such as stained glass windows, clay tile roofs, terra cotta, intricate brick patterns. Today, Berwyn is noted as having the most significant collection of Chicago-style bungalows in the nation.
As of the census of 2010, there were 56,657 people and 18,910 households in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 60.48% White, 6.40% African American, 0.59% Native American, 2.52% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 26.61% some other race, 3.37% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race made up 59.44% of the population. The population density was 14,527.4 inhabitants per square mile. Berwyn has the highest population density of any township in Illinois, it and Cicero are the only townships in Illinois that have a higher population density than the city of Chicago. The top five non-Hispanic ancestries reported in Berwyn as of the 2009-2011 American Community Survey were Italian, German and Polish. In the 2010 census, there were 18,910 households, out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals, 8.2% were someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99, the average family size was 3.62. The age distribution was 27.8% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 32.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and ov