South Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago neighborhood formerly known as Ainsworth is now known as South Chicago. It’s located on the shores Lake Michigan about 10 miles south of downtown Chicago. This working-class neighborhood borders east 79th Street, Ainsworth and South Chicago Avenue on the southwest. There is a small stretch of east 95th Street to the south with the Calumet River making the community’s eastside border.

South Chicago is one of four neighborhood communities known as the Southeast Side. Because many of the streets in the South Chicago neighborhood run off the citywide grid, South Chicago uses alphabet avenue names for many of its streets and boulevards. These alphabet streets are the same that run through other southeast Chicago neighborhoods of East Side, Hegwisch and South Deering.

The South Chicago community was heavily populated by immigrants at around the time of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The steel mill, U.S. Steel South Works was built in 1901. Immigrants from Ireland, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Italy arrived the South Chicago neighborhood to work in the area’s steel industry. Other steel mills such as Youngstown Steel, Republic Steel, Bethlehem Steel and LaSalle Steel also were located in the South Chicago neighborhood. Famously, Sears Tower and the Hancock Building were built from South Chicago steel.

The business community of South Chicago is found along Commercial Avenue with its many shops, banks and other businesses. There are many public parks scattered about South Chicago making it ideal for families. The transportation to and from South Chicago is plentiful. The is CTA red line is located nearby with a few stations just 3 miles west and the CTA green line has stops just 5 miles north. The neighborhood also has four newly built Metra electric line stations that run into Chicago’s Loop.

Currently there is a U.S. Steel South Works site redevelopment plan in the works that was approved by the City Council in September 2010. This is $4 billion project is located on the former steel mill site on the neighborhood’s Lake Michigan shore. The site has already gone through extensive demolition and environmental remediation since 1992. The future of the South Chicago neighborhood is promising.

Kreisman Law Offices handles Illinois lawsuits for the entire Chicago metropolitan area, including South Chicago. Chicago's Kreisman Law Offices has over 40 years of trial experience and specializes in a wide range of legal services, including Illinois personal injury law, Illinois product defect/product liability law, Illinois medical malpractice claims, and Illinois nursing home abuse cases. Please call us 24 hours a day at 312.346.0045 or toll free 800.583.8002 for a free and immediate consultation, or complete a contact form online.

Our Chicago loop office is in a convenient location for South Chicago residents. Kreisman Law Offices is located at the corner of Dearborn and Monroe Streets. There are many convenient modes of public transportation to Kreisman Law Offices, including the Metra and CTA.

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