Auburn Gresham neighborhood

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Auburn Gresham is Community Area 71 of the 77 on the city's official list.

The neighborhood is more commonly referred to today simply as Gresham.

The approximate boundaries of Auburn Gresham are 89th St and 91st St east of the Metra Southwest RR tracks north to 75th St, the IC RR tracks west to Beverly Ave and Leavitt St (2200 W).

ZIP code: 60620.

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Have resale prices at The Havens bottomed out?

The Havens

A 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath newer-construction home in Auburn Gresham just hit the market at a list price of $178,000. It sold new in 2007 for $388,000. The home, at 8601 S Eggleston, is in The Havens, a subdivision that we visited two years ago in the above video. Similar homes have sold recently at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 19, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

A drive through The Havens in Auburn Gresham

Auburn Gresham Chicago video

The population of Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood was 99.8% white in 1960. The area, often referred to simply as Gresham, underwent a rapid transition and 30 years later it was 98.7% Black despite serious community efforts to achieve stable, peaceful integration. Auburn Gresham has had a reputation as one of the South Side’s more violent, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 19, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

WBEZ looks at Auburn Gresham’s identity

Auburn Gresham video

Kudos to Bill Healy and WBEZ for taking an extended look at Auburn Gresham, and introducing some of the people who contribute to the character of the neighborhood: It’s not completely a tale of poverty and dysfunction, and it’s not completely a tale of success and excellence. And perhaps one of the reasons the neighborhood ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 14, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

The scene at Auburn Gresham’s 79th Street Renaissance Festival

79th Street Festival

Six years ago, when Carlos Nelson (video) first talked about this event the reaction he heard was “A street festival on 79th Street? You must be crazy. Nobody would come to a festival in the middle of 79th Street.” There appeared to be about 10,000 people crowding 79th Street today when I visited for an ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 10, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

WTTW visits Chicago’s fascinating little-known neighborhoods

WTTW video

WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer has taken us to many places throughout Chicagoland and told us their often wonderful stories. Architecture critic and WBEZ-blogger Lee Bey joins Baer in the video, contributing his unparalleled knowledge of Chicago’s South Side and the venues that deliver “a little bit of surprise and awe.” We’ve been to almost all of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 30, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

An upbeat look at Auburn-Gresham

Auburn-Gresham video

Auburn-Gresham, which most residents simply call Gresham, is one of those South Side neighborhoods that draw little outside attention for their positive aspects and achievements. Auburn-Gresham’s population and racial and ethnic mix remained relatively stable during the last decade, in part due to the efforts of the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC). GADC’s Carlos Nelson ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 15, 2011
News & trendsMarket conditions

A transit-oriented development roundup from LISC/Chicago’s New Communities Program

Map of LISC/Chicago transit-oriented development projects

A new Mayoral Candidates Brief (PDF) issued by LISC/Chicago‘s New Communities Program identifies 34 projects and programs throughout the city “that can provide the new mayor with real solutions to the tough issues that will greet him or her on day one.” One of those programs focuses on transit-oriented development — both the construction of ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 11, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

An upbeat view of Auburn Gresham

Residents of Chicago’s affluent north lakefront neighborhoods often cringe at the mention of the neighborhoods they only know from reading the crime reports. If you spend any time in those neighborhoods, however, you quickly discover that they all have their fiercely loyal fans and committed residents. Their focus is on what the place they live ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 31, 2010

Web presence: LISC's neighborhood tours

This video about Auburn Gresham is one of three “neighborhood showcase tours” featured on LISC/Chicago‘s new YouTube channel. We came across the channel earlier this week and thought we’d share these views into some of the city’s overlooked neighborhoods.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 3, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Plugging Auburn Gresham's grocery gap

For a “food desert” like Auburn Gresham, the arrival of a new Aldi grocery store is a reason for celebration. This morning I drove down to the South Side neighborhood to see the store open for the first time and afterward talked to Carlos Nelson, executive director of the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, about ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 19, 2009
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Humboldt Park's "historical memory"

On Friday participants of LISC/Chicago‘s New Communities Program took Adolfo Carrion Jr, director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs Policy, on a tour of Humboldt Park and Auburn Gresham to showcase the work of the Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and other community development groups. Following the tour, Carrion lunched at the La Estancia mixed-use ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 2, 2009