The Neighborhood Of Ashburn
Ashburn didn’t have the best image back in the 1800s, when it came by its name. In those days, it served as a dumping ground for ashes from the furnaces of Chicago homeowners.

For most of the last half-century, however, the community bound by the B&O Railroad tracks, the city’s Cicero Avenue border, and 77th and 87th Streets has been considered among Chicago’s most liveable areas.

This isn’t surprising, considering how Ashburn’s history mirrors that of many near-Chicago suburbs. Annexed by the city in 1889, the community gained only 19 homes in the next 50 years. But in the 1940s and ’50s, more than 2,400 homes were constructed.

Another 656 were added in the ’60s and ’70s. The diversity of home styles found in Ashburn has its roots in the suburban migration that followed World War II. Bucking the pattern in other outlying communities, the westernmost part of Ashburn was established first.

Many returning veterans and their wives settled in Scottsdale, a new subdivision on Ashburn’s western border between Kostner and Cicero Avenues and 79th and 85th Streets. Here, homes were priced to fit modest budgets. The curving streets, novel for the city’s Southwest Side, promised a rustic charm. The subdivision lured folks who had grown up in two- and three-flat buildings on Chicago’s South Side and sought the American dream of home ownership. In many cases, newcomers convinced their siblings and high-school buddies to join them on the periphery of the city. They even had their own shopping mecca. Scottsdale Shopping Center, one of the first modern retail plazas in the city, was an anchor of the neighborhood.

An influx of new families helped spur construction of the new Wrightwood/Ashburn branch of the Chicago Public Library, which opened in 1997 at 8530 S. Kedzie. The opening of the CTA’s Orange Line in the early 1990s gave the community the quick access to downtown it had long sought. This commuting convenience, along with the housing stock, should continue to make Ashburn an attractive place to live for decades to come.


School Address Phone Grade
Carroll Rosewald Elementary 2601 W 80th St Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-9356 Elementary Schools
Charles Carroll School 2929 W 83rd St Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-9414 Elementary Schools
Dawes Elementary School 3810 W 81st Pl Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-2350 Elementary Schools
Dawes Elementary School 3810 W 81st Pl Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-2350 Elementary Schools
Genesis School Central 7831 S Lawndale Ave Chicago IL 60652 (773) 581-7427 Elementary Schools
Lenart School 8445 S Kolin Ave Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-2322 Elementary Schools
New Dawes Elementary School 3434 W 77th St Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-4030 Elementary Schools
Rosenwald Elementary School 2601 W 80th St Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-9355 Elementary Schools
Stevenson Elementary School 8010 S Kostner Ave Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-2280 Elementary Schools
William Bishop Owen School 8247 S Christiana Ave Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-9330 Elementary Schools
John Hancock High School 4350 W 79th St Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-2410 High Schools
Luther High School South 3130 W 87th St # 1 Chicago IL 60652 (773) 737-1416 High Schools
William J Bogan High School 3939 W 79th St Chicago IL 60652 (773) 535-2180 High Schools

Important Information For Ashburn:

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 We also recommend that you ask your Real Estate Agent, Leasing Agent, or Land Lord about parking permit requirements in your area.