About the Ashburn Chicago Community

Sonia Figueroa
Sonia Figueroa
Published on December 11, 2018

Ashburn History

The Ashburn community of Chicago is located on the south side of the city. It’s about 14 miles from downtown Chicago. Ashburn covers five square miles and is located on the Southwest Side of Chicago. Its boundaries are 75th Street on the North, Western Avenue on the East, 87th Street on the South, and Cicero Avenue is the Western boundary. Ashburn was originally the dumping ground for the ashes from the City of Chicago. It saw its hey day in the 1950s and 1960s with the post World War II construction boom in Ford City. Ashburn also attracted a variety of carnivals in the earlier years. The first settlers of Chicago were the Dutch, Irish, and Swedish populations.

Ashburn was also situated on marsh-prairie land which turned many people as well.
Growth in the neighborhood was slow initially as it was home for the dumping grounds of the ashes from furnaces and fireplaces from Chicago residents. The population had an upswing in the between 1940 and 1950. Many of the residents who moved to this area during that time still call Ashburn home today. Ashburn has a lot to offer the family wanting to be close to the city life but enjoy the perks of a nice small family oriented community. Solid houses, great schools and public parks and play areas make this a suitable community for family living. The parks offer many activities such as swimming, jogging, basketball and tennis.

Ashburn is the formerly the favorite location of city dwellers to dump the ashes from their fireplaces – hence the name. In the era of modern day heating systems, this neighborhood has become something of a racially diverse middle class community – populated by single family brick-and-aluminum-sided homes on grassy lawns. Ashburn greatly resembles a suburb – with rows of homes and commercial outlets in the form of malls instead of the typical city strips of shops and diners.

Housing Stats

Click Here for a more formal .PDF report Neighborhood-Report_Chicago-Ashburn-60652


More Highlights

In the video below I am showcasing an elementary school, high school, park, restaurant and the metra station in the area.

Ashburn Community Elementary School
Address: 8300 S St Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60652

Ashburn Metra Station
Ashburn is a station on Metra’s SouthWest Service in the community area of Ashburn, Chicago, Illinois. The station is 12.2 miles away from Union Station, the northern terminus of the line. In Metra’s zone-based fare system, Ashburn is in zone C

Vito and Nick’s Pizzeria

A restaurant that’s been specializing in thin crust pizza, and fine italian dining for almost 90 years. They were also featured on Guy Fieri’s triple D show!
Website: http://vitoandnicks.com/

Bogan High School
William J. Bogan Computer Technical High School is a public 4–year high school located in the Ashburn neighborhood on the south-west side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Bogan is operated by Chicago Public
Address: 3939 W 79th St, Chicago, IL 60652

Francis D. Hayes Park
Address: 2936 W 85th St, Chicago, IL 60652

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