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Morgan Park

Morgan Park

Suburban solitude within an urban sprawl.

 

Welcome to Morgan Park

 
Located on the South Side of Chicago, Morgan Park is a lovely, quiet slice of suburbia in a surrounding urban landscape. The neighborhood was planned in the 1870s by Thomas F Nichols and is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago. Most homes were built in Craftsman and prairie architectural styles featuring large porches and roofs with broad overhanging eaves. The prairie-style houses were originated by acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and often have stucco, wood, or sometimes brick exteriors. With a large range of real estate prices, going from around $10K to upwards of $500K, there are options for people of all walks of life. 
 

What to Love

 

People & Lifestyle 

 
Large families and professionals make up the majority of the folks who call Morgan Park home. This area certainly caters mostly to families with its various parks and affordable homes. Whether you are a retiree looking for a quaint and comfortable place to settle down or are a family in search of a suburban scene, Morgan Park will meet all of your needs. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

 
Marshfield Plaza is an outdoor shopping center that hosts over 20 different shops, including restaurants, retail stores, and even a florist. Burlington is a great choice for discounted apparel, handbags, accessories—you name it! Rainbow Shops is the place to be when you have to get your juniors styling for school. 
 
Once you’ve got your retail therapy underway, catch a performance at the local community theater The Beverly Theatre Guild, where they offer a variety of shows, including but not limited to Matilda the Musical and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.
 
You’ll surely be famished once your show is over, and Morgan Park has many dining options. Open Outcry Brewing Company is a great spot to grab a slice of pizza and enjoy a brew in the outdoor beer garden. Stop by Let’s Get Poppin to grab a popcorn snack; with 20 flavors, including bacon cheddar and jalapeno red pepper, you’re sure to find one you’ll love. For all of your seafood needs, check out DiCola’s Seafood, where they carry colossal Alaskan king crab legs and claws and other fish, and even offer in-house, ready-made dishes such as seafood gumbo and baked catfish. If you’re looking for a more casual lunch spot, Ain’t She Sweet Cafe is a great place to grab a grilled chicken wrap and a slice of lemon and rum pound cake for dessert.
 

Things to Do

 
The volunteer committee-run Morgan Park Summer Music Festival has hosted its free summer concerts for over 60 years. This festival is all donation-based via local businesses and individuals and is all about bringing culture and live music to the community. A notable annual festival is St Donatus Feast & Carnival, which is a week-long festival in August and has been around for over 100 years! This festival is great for folks of all ages as it features rides, live music, bingo, raffles, delicious eats, and so much more!
 
Prospect Gardens Park is a 3.66-acre landmark that features the Prospect Gardens Trail, a nice and easy 1mi dog-friendly hike, as well as Prospect Park Nature Garden, which showcases the native trees and plants in the region. Ada (Sawyer Garrett) Park is a larger 16.65-acre park that hosts a variety of areas and activities for you and your family. It also features an auditorium, gymnasium, fitness center, and multi-purpose clubrooms, as well as hosts summer camps and after-school programs for the kids.
 

Schools

 
There are several schools with notable accolades, some of which include:
 
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