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    Cyburbian drucee's avatar
    Aug 2004

    Chicago's Least-Known Neighborhood: The Eastside (broadband only)

    Chicago's Eastside sits east of the Lake Calumet industrial district right near the border with Indiana. It stands as the only majority-Hispanic community east of State Street, quite isolated from other Hispanic communities in Chicago and bordered by South Chicago, a majority-black community.

    Ewing is the only public-transport entrance into the Eastside (by the #30 South Chicago bus, which was slated to be eliminated in the July 17 service cuts). Those cuts would have left Eastside residents four miles from a bus line.

    This place makes a mean Baja-style fish taco. There are only three tables--keep it a secret!

    Residential area off 106th St:

    Is this Brooklyn or Chicago?

    I think you know the answer to that.

    The giant industrial complexes to the immediate west are everywhere.

    Even 18 miles from State and Madison, it's still pure Chicago.

    In certain parts of the Eastside, the street is raised above the lot level.

    Avenue F is zoned a little differently from the rest of the neighborhood.

    If you walk under the Chicago Skyway, you can walk right into Indiana:

    Taken from Illinois.
    And back into Illinois:

    Taken from Indiana.

    Bowling anyone?

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    Cyburbian mgk920's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Appleton, Wisconsin
    An interesting thing about that part of Chicago is how few gas stations are in it. Cross into Indiana and fuel prices are as much as 30-40 cents cheaper, with several *MONSTROUS* gas stations located along Indianapolis Bd (US 12/20/41) just east of I-90.


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    Cyburbian illinoisplanner's avatar
    May 2005
    The Fox Valley
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    Beautiful. Actually looks a lot better than some northside neighborhoods...if you can believe that!

    This area certainly has a ton of potential. Anywhere from Hyde Park to the Indiana border along the lake will likely see a huge renaissance very soon. But go farther inland and...eh.

    Great pictures...makes me proud of my city.
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
    -Steven Tyler

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    Cyburbian drucee's avatar
    Aug 2004
    Yep, the only thing in the part of Hammond right next to this neighborhood are a few gas stations and cigarette stores.

    The convenience store on the other side of the Skyway on 108th and Indianapolis probably does a hell of a business in lottery tickets.

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