Neighborhoods for the rest of us: Bridgeport

Bridgeport Chicago

2500 S Halsted Ave Bridgeport Chicago

Home to five of Chicago’s 45 mayors, including the current Mayor Daley, Bridgeport is a south side community area of Chicago with a rich history. In the 1830’s, after finishing with the Erie Canal, a lot of Irish immigrants settled in this area as laborers working on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Bridgeport gets its name from a bridge over the Chicago River that was too low for safe passage of boats.

Lituanica Avenue, one block east of Halsted between 31st Street and 38th Place, was once referred to as Lithuanian Downtown because of all the Lithuanian-Americans living there. Today, Bridgeport remains ethnically diverse. It also rates highly on, so you may see me visiting some time soon.

Just outside the east boundary of Bridgeport is US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.

In the area of new construction, the options include condos, townhomes, and single-family homes. Three Riverside Homes townhomes at 2846 – 2852 S Pitney Ct are on landscaped, river-front property. All three are three-bedroom / 2.5-baths priced in the $380s.

There are single-family homes being marketed as a part of the Bridgeport Collection, a 31-home development. Those range from the high $300s to the high $600s, and have between three to five bedrooms.

The development at 2500 S Halsted Ave is listing three units in the mid-$300s for two- and three-bedroom condos (interior pictured at the top).

See dozens of photos of Bridgeport in YoChicago’s Flickr album, or view them as a slideshow through the neighborhood’s NewHomeNotebook page. And, if you have a few hours to while away, you can sample over 10,000 YoChicago images of nearly 100 neighborhoods at Flickr.

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