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Washington Park is Community Area 40 of The Chicago 77, is located 7 miles south of Chicago’s Loop and takes its name after the gorgeous, 372-acre park that anchors the neighborhood. The park features two gymnasiums, a photography lab, dance studio, racquetball court, fitness center, game room, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of the park include a nature area, a Harvest Garden and an arboretum. Outside, the park offers a lagoon, aquatic center, three playgrounds, basketball/ tennis courts, baseball, football, soccer, cricket, and softball fields.  One of the most beautiful and renown features of Washington Park is the Fountain of Time sculpture by Lorado Taft.

The Washington Park neighborhood is filled with a rich culture of African-American heritage. Washington Park was the setting for James T. Farrell’s Studs Lonigan Trilogy and a scene from Richard Wright’s Native Son. Lorraine Hansberry’s time in Washington Park was the inspiration for her acclaimed stage play, A Raisin in the Sun.

Aside from the rundown remnants of the last century’s architectural movement in Chicago, roughly 50 percent of the neighborhood’s lots are vacant.  The City of Chicago, in collaboration with local developers, offers programs to create affordable homes for individuals and/or families that meet eligibility requirements. The surge in activity in the local real estate market, as well as the ambitious revitalization of the surrounding neighborhoods of Kenwood, Hyde Park and Bronzeville is a welcome sign of Washington Park’s inevitable renaissance.

Much of the neighborhood real estate consists of low- and mid-rise brick condos—both vintage and new construction models. Prices run from $1000 for a vacant lot to a 3-flat that recently closed for $267,000.

Washington Park is home to a handful of small, locally owned restaurants including Ms. Biscuit, Rose Bar-B-Que, Daley’s, Lem’s Bar-B-Q, and Harold’s Chicken Shack.

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