Parkview is a uniquely-shaped neighborhood whose borders form the shape of an isosceles triangle. Parkview is actually carved out of the larger Ashburn community, on the far southwest side of Chicago. Neat rows of quaint, brick homes fill the tree-lined avenues providing the solid foundation on which the Parkview community is built. Private front and back yards is a big draw for young Chicago families.
Location: 16 miles southwest of the Loop
Boundaries: Columbus Avenue to the north and west, Central Park Avenue to the east and 87th Street to the south
Bordering Neighborhoods: Ashburn, Scottsdale, Marycrest, Evergreen Park
Then and Now
Around the time that Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, settlement in Parkview began, although it was called Clarkdale then, in honor of a man named Clark who was the area’s primary developer. In the 1880s the Grand Trunk Railroad added Chicago to its eastern line that started in Portland, ME, and a station was opened on what is now the northern tip of Parkview neighborhood. It was expected that, as a result of the depot and the travelers coming through by train, the outlying region would prosper, but in reality development moved at a snail’s pace. A handful of Swedish, Dutch and Irish immigrants settled there following the World’s Fair, but by the turn of the century there were still less than 50 homes in all of Ashburn (which included present-day Parkview).
Parkview and the larger community of Ashburn remained very sparsely inhabited until the 1940s because there were few jobs on the far south side and transportation to and from downtown Chicago was laborious and slow. However, beginning at the time of the United States’ engagement in World War II, the population of Parkview skyrocketed, and with it the housing market surged as well. The number of residents in Ashburn grew from about 1,000 in 1940 to 7,000 in 1950, and then surged to 40,000 by the end of the decade. The reason for the boom was mainly attributed to the arrival of manufacturing jobs in the area spurred by the country’s involvement in the war.
More than anything else, though, the rise of the automobile can be credited with the population growth experienced in Parkview in the middle of the century, both because it provided residents with easy mobility and eventually led to the arrival of several manufacturing plants in neighboring West Lawn, which employed many of the area’s workers. Chrysler opened a Dodge plant in 1943 where engines were manufactured for bomber engines and a Ford plant that opened during the Korean War.
From the turn of the century until the early 1990s, Parkview maintained one of the more demographically homogonous neighborhoods in Chicago, with most residents hailing from Western Europe. However, in the last 15 years, the Parkview neighborhood and greater Ashburn community have seen a large-scale demographic shift, with many of the second- and third-generation European immigrants leaving the community in favor of the southwestern suburbs with Latino and African American families filling the void. Now, Parkview is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in all of Chicago.
It might be argued that 'Cemeteryview' would be a more appropriate name for the neighborhood, as Parkview is adjacent to both Saint Mary’s and Evergreen cemeteries, and the only park nearby is a mere sliver compared to those two behemoths. However, residents do have the use of a small, quarter-acre lot on the corner of 87th Street and South Lawndale Avenue known as Lee Playlot Park (3700 W 87th St, 773-284-6456). About the size of three connected lots (minus the houses), this Parkview recreation spot provides neighborhood residents with a little room to move about and the playground is a big draw to families with young children. And its site, directly across the street from the two sprawling cemeteries, offers surprisingly scenic vistas of open green acres and landscaped grounds.
Parkview Real Estate
Parkview is an ideal Chicago neighborhood in which to raise a family, as the streets are completely residential and the area is quiet, well-maintained and safe. When living in Parkview, you may still be within city limits, but this isn’t your typical urban community. Sharing a border with Chicago suburbs, this tiny, triangle-shaded neighborhood has more the feel of a distant subdivision than a neighborhood with a metropolitan backdrop.
Neat rows of single-family homes line the blocks of Parkview, connected by broad avenues and wide sidewalks. Behind each string of houses is an alleyway for accessing the garages which are set back from the main structure of the property, giving homeowners plenty of yard space to have summertime barbeques or to let Fido stretch his legs off the leash—provided it’s fenced in, of course.
As you may have guessed, pretty much all of the real estate in Parkview consists of detached single-family dwellings. Where the housing in this southwest side Chicago neighborhood does show some variation is in the style of architecture exhibited along the prim avenues which includes a mixture of one- and two-stories shrouded in a tapestry of exterior finishes. For the most part, though, Parkview homes follow the Cape Cod design. Cozy and low to the ground, they are perfect for young families with a limited number of children—these places may be cute, but they aren’t typically spacious.
The neighborhood also features a number of slightly larger Georgian-style homes, a few brownstones, brick ranches and a small section of new construction two-stories that offer all the latest amenities and upgrades. The price for real estate in Parkview neighborhood ranges from the low $100,000s for an older brick Cape Cod to the mid $300,000s for one of the new model houses.
Most residents in Parkview own cars, which they use to get around the area and to other destinations throughout the city. Driving around Parkview itself isn’t difficult, as the neighborhood streets see very little outside traffic. Train tracks border the subdivision-like area on the northwest side and the only access is from 87th Street to south and Lawndale Avenue on the east, so you can imagine there isn’t much through travel.
Needless to say, the secluded nature of Parkview neighborhood makes it ideal for riding bikes, inline-skating, pushing the baby stroller, or taking a walk, if the non-motorized forms of transportation seems more appealing to you. And with sidewalks stretching along every block, parents feel more comfortable letting their little ones out to play with other neighborhood kids down the street.
Though no rapid transit trains service the area, Metra is always a viable option for commuting to and from downtown. A one-way trip will cost about three dollars, but you can expect a comfortable ride that will be punctual (trains run on a schedule, so be sure to check before heading to the station). There is also CTA bus service in Parkview, with the #54 bus running north and south on Pulaski Avenue all day and night, and the #87 bus, which runs east and west along 87th Street, connecting Parkview residents to the CTA Red Line at 87th Street at State Street.
Due to its residential character, this pocketsize Chicago neighborhood has little commercial or mercantile activity to satisfy everyday needs, but there are still a few essential establishments to help stock your fridge with the bare necessities and get that freshly-brewed cup of joe in the morning to get you going.
Nader Wholesale Grocer 3636 W 83rd Pl - (773) 582-1000
Lee Playlot Park 3700 W 87th St - (773) 284-6456
Billy’s Grill 3711 W Columbus Ave - (773) 767-2929
Dunkin Donuts 3977 W Columbus Ave - (773) 581-6530
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