Ashburn is located on the Southwest side of the city. Its boundaries are 75th Street and 87th Street from the North and South respectively. While Western Ave and Cicero frame up the East and West sides of this rectangular shaped neighborhood. It’s just ten miles from the Loop. Close proximity to State Street (…that great street) and the Magnificent Mile.

Like many of the seventy-seven communities in the Chicago area, it has a rich and diverse history of Dutch, Irish, and Swedish immigrants that planted roots at the close of the 19th Century.

The community’s namesake comes from its former occupation as the dumping ground locale for Chicagoans fireplaces. But now, as Chicago has done before, it has transformed into a wonderful suburb with a high percentage of home ownership, schools, parks and greenery.

Plenty of restaurants can be found in and around Ashburn but notables include the Caribbean Jerk Palace and Billy’s Grill. Reviews for the Caribbean Jerk Palace have high praise for their heated menu items (i.e. “Stumbled upon this place about a year ago. Have not found any other place as good as this”). For a good, classic Mom & Pop restaurant, Billy’s is the place serving up breakfast and lunch favorites.

So you know a little bit about the area and you know a few of the establishments, are you up for a Ashburn quiz?

Jerk Chicken gets it heat from what kind of hot pepper?
A) Scotch Bonnet
B) Jalapeño
C) Serrano
D) Sishito
Answer: A. The Scotch Bonnet pepper is used in traditional jerk recipes. It ranges 80,000 – 400,000 on the Scoville. Um, it’s hot!

The Great Chicago Fire occurred in what year?
A) 1910
B) 1865
C) 1871
D) 1793
Answer: C. The fire consumed approximately 3.3 square miles and started on the Southside on the O’Leary farm. The cow as the culprit is still up for debate.

The Lionel Hampton Fine & Performing Arts School located in Ashburn is named after the famous jazz composer, bandleader, and actor. What instrument is he best known for?
A) Trumpet
B) Bass
C) Flute
D) Vibraphone
Answer: D. The vibraphone is percussion instrument and players use mallets to strike bars for notes. The vibraphone has a unique sound due to motor-driven spinning valve assigned to each bar. When struck, the valve creates a vibrato/tremolo sound from the bars tone.

If you’re looking for more information on the Ashburn neighborhood, or a Dobbs Team realtor to guide you, we would love to chat.

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