Hegewisch, Chicago

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Hegewisch (pronounced /ˈhɛɡˌwɪʃ/ "heg-wish" by the locals) is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois, located on the city's far south side.

It is bordered by the neighborhoods of Riverdale and South Deering to the west, the East Side to the north, the village of Burnham to the south and the city of Hammond, Indiana to the east.

The community area is named for Adolph Hegewisch, the president of U.S. Rolling Stock Company who hoped to establish “an ideal workingman's community” when he laid out the town along a rail line in 1883, six years before Chicago annexed the town.[1]

There are approximately 2,550 jobs in the Hegewisch community area.[2]

Under the most recent version of Red Ahead, the Red Line extension plan would reach to Hegewisch.

References[change | change source]

  1. Zangs, Mary (July 1, 2014). The Chicago 77: A Community Area Handbook. Stroud, Gloucestershire, England: The History Press. ISBN 978-1626196124.
  2. "Economic Fact Sheet #1: Chicago and Cook County Economic Trends" (PDF). University of Illinois Chicago. July 11, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2017.