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Back of the Yards

As one of the original communities of the American Industrial Revolution, this Chicago neighborhood is all about change, progress and diversity. And it shows in Back of the Yards' eclectic mix of residents, artfully crafted parks, dozens of schools, wide ranging architecture, and inexpensive real estate prices.

The main draw to this Chicago neighborhood just might be its plentiful green space. Davis Square Park on South Marshfield Avenue is the community core of Back of the Yards. The place offers an old fieldhouse, built in the early 1900s, and just like its neighborhood, the historic fieldhouse has expanded over the years to make room for better things. Check out the building's up-to-date fitness center, gymnasium and youth boxing league. Or rent out one of its meeting rooms or assembly halls for your next neighborhood gathering. In addition to it being a great place to get physically fit, Davis Square is also an ideal spot to relax and catch a league ballgame in the summer. Located just five blocks south of Davis is another neighborhood commons called Cornell Square Park. This recreational spot is similar to Davis with its baseball fields, walking trails and spray pool (sorry mom and dad, this one's just for the kids). With both parks offering top-notch leisure facilities, the choice between the two is simply a matter of proximity.

Back of the Yards

Of course, when Back of the Yards residents are looking for optimum open area, nothing tops Sherman Park on West 52nd Street. This outdoor locale is by far the neighborhood's largest park and is easily the most popular with the local sporting enthusiasts. Even those who don't reside in the Back of the Yards neighborhood come to Sherman Park for day-trips and community events. The grounds were designed by the Olmsted brothers, who've taken their landscaping genius to a number of famed spots in the country, including Central Park in New York City. That said, it's not surprising you find many awe-inspiring features here, like a large pond with an island in the middle, well-maintained walking and jogging trails, and a fieldhouse used for public gatherings.

Back of the Yards' residential streets are mainly single-family homes with some newer constructions here and there. The real estate market includes traditional bungalows, raised ranches, brick flats and multi-unit buildings. With its individual front and back yards, secure fences and garage parking, this Chicago neighborhood is a nesting destination for families who want space and privacy but don't want to spend a fortune to get it. Depending on the property, real estate prices vary widely in this neighborhood. You can get a detached single-family home with three bedrooms for as little as $65K, but if you want something newer with added amenities, you're looking at a serious price jump. Recent development has made way for condo conversions and brand new residences, and these more modern, luxury dwellings sell for closer to four- or five-hundred thousand dollars.

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Dining in Back of the Yards

Carr's Restaurant
6000 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago , IL 60629
Phone: (773) 925-2586
Horn Palace Bar
4189 S. Halsted
Kelley's Tavern
4403 S. Wallave
Root End Lounge
230 W. Root
Chicago Ice Cream Cart Inc.
356 W. Root

Resources in Back of the Yards

Police Stations
Cook County Criminal Court
155 W. 51st
Chicago Police
5101 S. Wentworth
Post Office
4101 S. Halsted

Entertainment in Back of the Yards

Union Stockyard Gate
Exchange Ave & Peoria

Shopping in Back of the Yards

A&M Food Market
4425 S. Princeton
Corner Store
501 W. 44th
4640 S. Halsted
737 W. 51st

Schools in Back of the Yards

Coleman Elementary
4655 S. Dearborn
Garfield Alternative High School
220 W. 45th
Graham Elementary
4436 S. Union
Graham Primary
745 W. 45th
McKinley Fellowship Headstart
4534 S. Princeton
Milton Olive APC
5125 S. Princeton
Parkman Elementary
245 W. 51st
St. Garbriel's School
4500 S. Wallace
Thomas A. Hendrick's Community Academy
4316 S. Princeton
Tilden High School
4747 S. Union