Gage Park, Chicago

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Gage Park
Community area
Community Area 63 - Gage Park
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
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Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
City Chicago
 • Total 2.24 sq mi (5.80 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 39,894
 • Density 18,000/sq mi (6,900/km2)
 • White 4.74%
 • Black 5.42%
 • Hispanic 89.21%
 • Asian 0.3%
 • Other 0.33%
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes parts of 60609, 60629, 60632 and 60636
Median income $36,463
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

Gage Park is one of Chicago's 77 well-defined community areas, located on the city's southwest side; it is also the name of a park within the neighborhood. Gage Park's population is largely working-class, and its housing stock is mostly bungalows. For generations, the neighborhood was Eastern European and Irish Catholic. The neighborhood remains overwhelmingly Catholic with the addition of many Hispanic residents.

Early history

The development of Gage Park began in 1873 when South Park Commissioner George W. Gage began working on a planned park at the intersection of Western Ave. and Garfield Boulevard. Upon Gage's death in 1875, the park was renamed Gage Park in his honor.

The area developed slowly after Gage's passing, slowly adding more and more land and offering up more services to the local community. By 1919, Gage Park had added more land and the park now included ball fields, tennis courts, separate men's and women's gymnasiums, gardens, and a wading pool. A large field house and auditorium was later added in 1928, with a large mural by Tom Lea added in 1931.


Chicago Public Schools operates district public schools.

The United Neighborhood Organization operates the Rufino Tamayo School and the UNO Soccer Academy in Gage Park.[2]

Gage Park High School is located at 5630 SOUTH ROCKWELL ST in Chicago, Illinois. 728 students attended Gage Park High School during the 2013-2014 school year. Of the 728, 96.6% were from low-income households and 18.3% are homeless. The average ACT score in 2014 was 15.2 with the state average being 20. [3]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 31,535
1940 30,343 −3.8%
1950 30,149 −0.6%
1960 28,244 −6.3%
1970 26,698 −5.5%
1980 24,445 −8.4%
1990 26,957 10.3%
2000 39,193 45.4%
2010 39,894 1.8%


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  2. "UNO Charter Schools." United Neighborhood Organization. Retrieved on June 16, 2012.
  3. "GAGE PARK HIGH SCHOOL (9-12) - CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299". Illinois Report Card. Illinois State Board of Education. Retrieved 17 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Paral, Rob. "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data". Retrieved 3 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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