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Bridgeport

Bridgeport's main claim to fame is U.S. Cellular Field (home to the Chicago White Sox and the former site of the legendary Comiskey Park). In addition to its Major League notoriety, the Bridgeport neighborhood holds a place in the heart of our local politicians seeing as five city mayors have resided in the area at one point or another, including our current city leader Richard M. Daley.

With a professional sporting venue like U.S. Cellular Field, it's easy to overlook Bridgeport's smaller recreational lots. However, there are many noteworthy parks in this Chicago neighborhood that cater to Bridgeport residents and certainly deserve a mention. McGuane Park, for one, is a great place to challenge a friend to a tennis match or go solo to the fitness center for your daily workout on the treadmill. Also popular among Bridgeport's active set is Wilson Park, which is a quaint little space that offers a variety of camp programs as well as a senior citizens club. But the best of this neighborhood's outdoor locales (next to the field, of course) is Armour Square on Shields Avenue. Named after the Armour brothers, who once owned Chicago's largest meatpacking plant, this famous spot was designed in 1905 by the world-renowned team of Burnham and Olmsted (they helped with all that World's Fair stuff). This large green space offers some of Bridgeport's best recreational amenities including basketball courts, walking trails, baseball diamonds, a fitness center and a community meeting room.

Bridgeport

When visiting (or living in) a neighborhood so steeped in baseball culture, you've got to have some American-fueled restaurants that measure up. Thankfully, Bridgeport does so with its popular Parkside Café. This place serves some of the best burgers on Chicago's south side. Unfortunately, it's no secret anymore-so if you're craving the stuff on a game day, you'd better get there long before first pitch! Another Bridgeport neighborhood staple is Punky's Pizza and Pasta on South Wallace Street. The pies here are so huge it takes about five cops just to finish one (literally, the local officers frequent Punky's).

Bridgeport's residential streets are lined with old and new architecture from ornate vintage churches to contemporary condos. You'll find a pleasing mix of apartments, low-rise flats and two and three story walk-ups. A number of blocks make room for smaller houses and private homes as well. You can nestle into a one-bedroom condo in Bridgeport for about $215,000. But if you're budget surpasses the $300,000 mark, you'll have plenty of two and three bedroom places to choose from. Average-sized single-family detached homes here can range anywhere from $200,000 to $700,000. And Bridgeport even has a limited market for larger houses that will put home buyers past the million-dollar price point.

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Dining in Bridgeport


Alfred's
1447 W 18th St
Cuisine: American
Bridgeport Restaurant
3500 S Halsted St
Cuisine: American
773-247-2826
Dox Grill
600 W. Pershing
Cuisine: American
Franco's Ristorante
300 W. 31st St.
Cusine: Italian
Graziano's Ristorante
605 W. 31st
Cuisine: Italian
312-326-1399
Healthy Food Restaurant
3226 S. Halsted
Cuisine: Lithuanian
312-326-2724
La Fontanella Restaurant
2414 S Oakley Ave
Cuisine: Italian
La Fontanella
Kevin's Hamburger Heaven
554 W. Pershing
Cuisine: American
773-924-5771
Johnny O's Bar
3461 S. Morgan
773-927-1011
Mexico Steak House
2983 S. Archer
Cuisine: Steak
773-254-5151 
Offshore Steak House
480 W. 26th
Cuisine: Steak
312-842-1362
Polo's Nut and Candy Cafe
3322 S. Morgan
Cuisine: Dessert
773-927-7656

Entertainment in Bridgeport

Library Fountain
W. 34th St. & Halsted
Wilson Park
3225 S. Racine
Monastery of the Holy Cross
3111 S. Aberdeen
McGuane Park
W. 29th & S. Halsted
Richard J. Daley House
3536 S. Lowe
Old Neighborhood Italian American Club
3031 S. Shields

Shopping in Bridgeport

Ace Bakery
3200 S. Halsted
Augustine's Spritual Goods
3114 S. Halsted
Let's Boogie Records & Tapes
3321 S. Halsted
Modern Bookstore
3118 S. Halsted
Petals from Heaven
244 W. 31st
Wiref 4 Sound Cafe
244 W. 26th

Resources in Albany Park


Chicago Police Department
3501 S. Lowe
Emergency Patrol
3501 S. Normal
Banks
Charter One Cank
600 W. 37th
Citibank
3430 S. Halsted

Schools in Bridgeport


Armour Elementary School
950 W. 33rd
Attucks Elementary School
3813 S. Dearborn
Bridgeport Catholic Academy
1023 W. 32nd
Daniel H. Williams School
2710 S. Dearborn
Healy Elementary
3010 S. Parnell
James Ward Elementary
2701 S. Shields
Holden Elementary School
1104 W. 31st
Philip Armour School
911 W. 32nd
St. Barbara Grammar School
2867 S. Throop
St. Barabara High
2800 S. Quinn
Santa Lucia School
3017 S. Wells
Vandercook College of Music
3149 S. Federal