Bridgeport

The Neighborhood Of Bridgeport

Bridgeport came into being more than 160 years ago, when immigrants arrived and built the Illinois & Michigan Canal to link Lake Michigan and the Illinois River. Many arrived from Italy, Lithuania, Poland, and Ireland, hoping to recreate the tight-knit communities they had left behind. These immigrants settled in “Hardscrabble”, which was renamed “Bridgeport” in 1836, after a low bridge that crossed the South Branch of the Chicago River. When the canal was built, they worked in the stockyards and packing houses of the “Back of the Yards” to the immediate south.

With the completion of the Canal Origins Park early in the 21st century, Bridgeport will be a noticeable forerunner in the redevelopment of Chicago’s neighborhoods. The park will be located at the site of the former Fuller Street Bridge (near Ashland Avenue and 27th Street), the crossing that’s credited with giving Bridgeport its name. Bridgeport is south of the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and north of Pershing Road. The Chicago and Western Indiana tracks form its eastern boundary and Ashland Avenue is on its west. The four-block-wide eastern vertical strip of the neighborhood, roughly between the railroad tracks and the Dan Ryan Expressway, is often lumped together with Bridgeport but actually is a separate community called Armour Square. Chinatown forms its northeast corner, sectioned off by the Stevenson. Although it may have quite a different character than its North Side counterpart “Wrigleyville”, Bridgeport boasts Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox. And while you won’t find the density of restaurants and bars that Wrigleyville offers, you will find some historic, less-crowded spots for a post-game drink or meal.

Though it’s mainly a residential area, Bridgeport is bisected by a busy central commercial district along Halsted Street. Here, Italian and Lithuanian restaurants mingle with Chinese grocers and discount variety stores. The Ramova Theater, shuttered but still displaying its marquee, is the only visible reminder of the half-dozen theaters that used to dot the neighborhood. An evening in Bridgeport is best enjoyed in one of its many taverns or restaurants. Unless, of course, there’s a game at Comiskey, in which case follow the bright lights illuminating the sky above 35th Street near the Dan Ryan.

A chalk mural at the Polo Cafe (on Morgan Street) illustrates interesting spots around the Bridgeport. Many are churches, still standing even though they were built in the late 1800’s. Also depicted in the mural are five Chicago mayors who were born in Bridgeport, including Richard J. Daley, who lived there his entire life, and his son Richard M. Daley. More than anything else, Bridgeport offers an atmosphere of family, church, and home.

Schools:

School Address Phone Grade
Ambrose Plamondon School 2642 W 15th Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-1789 Elementary Schools
Armour Elementary School 950 W 33rd Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-4530 Elementary Schools
Armour Elementary School 950 W 33rd Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-4530 Elementary Schools
Arthur A Libby School 5300 S Loomis Blvd Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-9050 Elementary Schools
Attucks Elementary School 3813 S Dearborn St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1270 Elementary Schools
Beethoven Elementary School 25 W 47th St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1480 Elementary Schools
Beethoven Elementary School 25 W 47th St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1480 Elementary Schools
Bridgeport Grade School 1300 N Main St Bridgeport IL 62417 618-945-5721 Elementary Schools
Chalmers Elementary School 2745 W Roosevelt Rd Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-1720 Elementary Schools
Colman Elementary School 4655 S Dearborn St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1450 Elementary Schools
Cooper Branch School 1645 W 18th Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7363 Elementary Schools
Daniel H Williams School 2710 S Dearborn St Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-9225 Elementary Schools
Dela Cruz School 2317 W 23rd Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-4585 Elementary Schools
El Centro De La Causa School 731 W 17th St Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-7906 Elementary Schools
Evangical Mc Kinley School 1326 W 14th Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7764 Elementary Schools
Everett Elementary School 3419 S Bell Ave Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-4550 Elementary Schools
Finkle School 2332 S Western Ave Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-5850 Elementary Schools
Graham Elementary School 4436 S Union Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1308 Elementary Schools
Graham Elementary School 4436 S Union Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1308 Elementary Schools
Graham Primary School 745 W 45th St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1315 Elementary Schools
Hamline Branch School 1548 W 48th St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-4565 Elementary Schools
Hamline Elementary School 4747 S Bishop St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-4565 Elementary Schools
Hartigan Elementary School 8 W Root St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1460 Elementary Schools
Healy Elementary School 3010 S Parnell Ave Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-9190 Elementary Schools
Hedges West School 4951 S Seeley Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-9220 Elementary Schools
Helen J Mc Corkle Elementary 4421 S State St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1793 Elementary Schools
Holden Elementary School 1104 W 31st St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-7200 Elementary Schools
Investigations School 1819 W Pershing Rd Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-7510 Elementary Schools
Irma Ruiz Elementary School 2410 S Leavitt St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-4825 Elementary Schools
James Hedges School 4747 S Winchester Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-7360 Elementary Schools
James R Doolittle Primary Schl 521 E 35th St Chicago IL 60616 (773) 535-1050 Elementary Schools
James Ward Elementary School 2701 S Shields Ave Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-9050 Elementary Schools
John A Walsh School 2031 S Peoria St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7950 Elementary Schools
John B Drake Elementary School 2722 S Dr Martin L King Jr Dr Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-9129 Elementary Schools
John C Haines School 247 W 23rd Pl Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-9200 Elementary Schools
John Farren Elementary School 5055 S State St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1440 Elementary Schools
John H Hamline Branch School 1548 W 48th St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-4790 Elementary Schools
John M Smyth School 1059 W 13th St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7180 Elementary Schools
Joseph Jungman School 1746 S Miller St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7375 Elementary Schools
Joseph Medill Primary School 1301 W 14th St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7750 Elementary Schools
Lara Augustin School 4619 S Wolcott Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-4389 Elementary Schools
Libby Annex Schools 5338 S Loomis Blvd Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-9350 Elementary Schools
M Sheridan Elementary School 533 W 27th St Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-9120 Elementary Schools
Mary C Terrell School 5410 S State St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1490 Elementary Schools
Mc Clellan Elementary School 3527 S Wallace St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1732 Elementary Schools
Nathanael Greene Schools 3525 S Honore St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-4560 Elementary Schools
Parkman Elementary School 245 W 51st St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1740 Elementary Schools
Perez Elementary School Anx 2001 S Throop St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7695 Elementary Schools
Perez School 1241 W 19th St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7650 Elementary Schools
Pershing Elementary School 3113 S Rhodes Ave Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-9272 Elementary Schools
Peter Cooper School 1624 W 19th St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7205 Elementary Schools
Philip Armour School 911 W 32nd Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-7298 Elementary Schools
Pickard Elementary School 2301 W 21st Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-7280 Elementary Schools
Plamondon Elementary School 2642 W 15th Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-1790 Elementary Schools
Richard J Daley School 5024 S Wolcott Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-9091 Elementary Schools
Robert Abbott Elementary Schl 3630 S Wells St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1660 Elementary Schools
Robert Fulton School 5300 S Hermitage Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-9000 Elementary Schools
Robert Fulton School 5300 S Hermitage Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-9000 Elementary Schools
Robert Healy Annex School 3040 S Parnell Ave Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-9170 Elementary Schools
Santa Lucia School 3017 S Wells St Chicago IL 60616 (312) 326-1839 Elementary Schools
Seward Branch School 4541 S Wood St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-4198 Elementary Schools
Sherman Elementary School 1000 W 52nd St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1757 Elementary Schools
South Loop Branch School 1915 S Federal St Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-9065 Elementary Schools
Visitation Grammar School 900 W Garfield Blvd Chicago IL 60609 (773) 373-5200 Elementary Schools
Whittier Elementary School 1900 W 23rd St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-4590 Elementary Schools
William E Gladstone School 1231 S Damen Ave Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7266 Elementary Schools
Williams Elementary School 2710 S Dearborn St Chicago IL 60616 (312) 294-4731 Elementary Schools
Benito Juarez High School 2150 S Laflin St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7030 High Schools
Cristo Rey High School 1852 W 22nd Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 254-4080 High Schools
De La Salle High School 3455 S Wabash Ave Chicago IL 60616 (312) 842-7355 High Schools
Garfield Alternative High Schl 220 W 45th Pl Chicago IL 60609 (773) 924-0543 High Schools
Red Hill High School 908 Church St Bridgeport IL 62417 618-945-2521 High Schools
Richards Vocational High Schl 5009 S Laflin St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-4945 High Schools
Simpson High School 1321 S Paulina St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7811 High Schools
Tilden High School 4747 S Union Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1625 High Schools
Ambrose Plamondon School 2642 W 15th Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-1789 Middle Schools
Arthur A Libby School 5300 S Loomis Blvd Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-9050 Middle Schools
Cesar Chavez Mac 4747 S Marshfield Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-4600 Middle Schools
Dela Cruz School 2317 W 23rd Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 535-4585 Middle Schools
Doolittle East Interm School 535 E 35th St Chicago IL 60616 (773) 535-1040 Middle Schools
Hedges Middle School 1954 W 48th St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-4680 Middle Schools
Hedges West School 4951 S Seeley Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-9220 Middle Schools
John C Haines School 247 W 23rd Pl Chicago IL 60616 (773) 534-9200 Middle Schools
John M Smyth School 1059 W 13th St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7180 Middle Schools
Joseph Medill Intrmdt School 1326 W 14th Pl Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7760 Middle Schools
Mary C Terrell School 5410 S State St Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-1490 Middle Schools
Perez School 1241 W 19th St Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7650 Middle Schools
Richard J Daley School 5024 S Wolcott Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-9091 Middle Schools
Robert Fulton School 5300 S Hermitage Ave Chicago IL 60609 (773) 535-9000 Middle Schools
Santa Lucia School 3017 S Wells St Chicago IL 60618 (312) 326-1839 Middle Schools
William E Gladstone School 1231 S Damen Ave Chicago IL 60608 (773) 534-7266 Middle Schools

Important Information For Bridgeport:

City of Chicago Vehicle Stickers

All Chicago residents driving, parking, leasing and/or owning a vehicle for which they are responsible in the City of Chicago are subject to the Chicago Wheel Tax and must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. This includes Chicago residents that maintain their registration outside of the City of Chicago, but use the vehicle in the City. We want motorists to avoid costly tickets: You must purchase a Chicago Vehicle Sticker within 30 days of residing in the City or acquiring a new vehicle to avoid late fees and fines.

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Residential Parking Permits

Chicago’s Residential Parking Permit program is designed to restrict parking on designated residential streets during specified hours, except for the residents of that street, guests of the residents or those who provide a service to the residents. This program helps to ensure that residents of densely populated areas have reasonable access to parking near their residences. Cars parked in violation of this ordinance are ticketed.

The City of Chicago does not mess around. The city has a dillignet parking patrol staff that will ticket you if you are in a spot where a permit you don’t have is required. All spots that require permits are marked with white street signs. Please look out for them!

For more information, contact the city clerk at 312-744-6861 or email info@chicityclerk.com. We also recommend that you ask your Real Estate Agent, Leasing Agent, or Land Lord about parking permit requirements in your area.