West Ridge, Chicago
West Ridge is one of 77 Chicago community areas. It is a middle-class neighborhood located on the far North Side of the City of Chicago. It is located in the 50th Ward and the 40th Ward. Also historically called North Town, and frequently referred to as West Rogers Park, it is bordered on the north by Howard Street, on the east by Ridge Boulevard, Western Avenue, and Ravenswood Avenue, the south by Bryn Mawr Avenue and Peterson Avenue, and on the west by Kedzie Avenue and the North Shore channel of the Chicago River. At one time joined with neighboring Rogers Park, it seceded to become its own village in 1890 over a conflict concerning park districts (known as the Cabbage War). West Ridge was annexed to Chicago on April 4, 1893, along with Rogers Park.
|Community Area 02 - West Ridge|
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
|• Total||3.53 sq mi (9.14 km2)|
|Demographics 2015 |
|Educational Attainment 2015|
|• High School Diploma or Higher||82.8%|
|• Bachelor's Degree or Higher||39.3%|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
60645 and parts of 60659
|Median Household income||$46,091|
|Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services|
Today West Ridge is one of Chicago's better off communities, filled with thriving multi-ethnic culture lining Devon Avenue, historic mansions lining Ridge and Lunt Avenues, cultural institutions such as St. Scholastica Academy and one of the highest per capita incomes on the North Side of Chicago. It had been represented in the Chicago City Council by Alderman Bernard Stone from 1973 until May 2011. On April 5, 2011, Alderman Debra Silverstein defeated Stone in a runoff election and now represents the 50th Ward, which encompasses West Ridge.
The Golden Ghetto is bounded on the north by Warren Park and Pratt Avenue and on the south by Peterson Avenue. It acquired its name from the thriving Jewish community there from about 1930 to the mid-1970s. That community began to drift into the suburbs in the 1960s, and the neighborhood began to be home to South Asians and Russian Jews from about that time.
The heyday of the area is the topic of Adam Langer's Crossing California, told from the perspective of the second-generation residents during their middle school and teenage years.
Chicago Public Schools operates public schools.
- Clinton Elementary School
- Jamieson Elementary School
- Daniel Boone Elementary School
- Stephen Decatur Classical School
- George Armstrong Elementary School
- Philip Rogers Elementary School
- Stone Scholastic Academy
- West Ridge Elementary School
- Stephen Tyng Mather High School
- ABC Academy
- Bais Yaakov High School
- Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran School
- Bnos Rabbeinu High School
- Cheder Lubavitch Girls Elementary / High School
- Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov High School
- Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov / Tiferes Tzvi Elementary School
- Keshet High School
- Lubavitch Mesivta of Chicago
- NAES College
- Victor C. Neumann School
- Sofer Nathan's Vocational College
- St. Hilary Elementary School
- St. Margaret Mary School
- St. Philips Evangelical Lutheran School
- Tzemach Tzedek Elementary School (Opened 2002)
- Yeshivas Brisk / Brisk Rabbinical College
- Yeshiva Migdal Torah School
- Yeshivas Netzach Eliyahu (ADHD)
- Yeshiva Ohr Baruch-Veitzner Chedder
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