Located 7 Miles Southeast of The Loop.
Neighborhoods include: Gage Park
Zip Codes Include: 60629, 60632, 60609, 60636
Gage Park is located on the city’s southwest side; it is also the name of a park within the neighborhood. Gage Park’s population is largely working-class, and its housing stock is mostly bungalows. For generations, the neighborhood was Eastern European and Irish Catholic. The neighborhood remains overwhelmingly Catholic with the addition of many Hispanic residents.
The United Neighborhood Organization operates the Rufino Tamayo School and the UNO Soccer Academy in Gage Park.
The development of Gage Park began in 1873 when South Park Commissioner George W. Gage began working on a planned park at the intersection of Western Ave. and Garfield Boulevard. Upon Gage’s death in 1875, the park was renamed Gage Park in his honor.
The area developed slowly after Gage’s passing, slowly adding more and more land and offering up more services to the local community. By 1919, Gage Park had added more land and the park now included ball fields, tennis courts, separate men’s and women’s gymnasiums, gardens, and a wading pool. A large field house and auditorium was later added in 1928, with a large mural by Tom Lea added in 1931.
The Chicago Transit Authority Orange Line serves the Gage Park area, along with connecting bus lines.
• Total 39,894
• Density 18,000/sq mi (6,900/km2)
• White 4.74%
• Black 5.42%
• Hispanic 89.21%
• Asian 0.3%
• Other 0.33%