Aug 20, 2011

Morgan Park

Community Area 75, 13 miles S of the Loop. Since it was laid out in the 1870s by Thomas F. Nichols, Morgan Park's winding streets, small parks, and roundabouts have evoked images of an English country town. In 1869, the Blue Island Land and Building Company purchased property from the heirs of Thomas Morgan, an early English settler, and subdivided the area from Western Avenue to Vincennes Avenue that falls within the present community area of Morgan Park. Although the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad laid tracks through the area in 1852, regular commuter service to downtown was not established until the suburban line opened in 1888.

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