The 4th Ward is one of the 50 aldermanic wards with representation in the City Council of Chicago, Illinois. One of the most diverse wards in the city, socially and economically, the ward consists of the communities of Hyde Park, Grand Boulevard, Douglas, The Gap, Bronzeville, South Loop, Printers Row, Oakland, Kenwood, and North Kenwood.
Neighborhoods within the 4th Ward
Hyde Park is located between 51st St to the North, 60th St to the South, Washington Park to the West, and the Lake to the East. One of the most racially diverse communities in Chicago, Hyde Park has been home to Chicago luminaries like US Senator Carol Moseley Braun, former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, and institutions like the University of Chicago.
Grand Boulevard is bounded by 39th St to the north, 51st St to the south, Cottage Grove to the East, and Chicago tracks to the west. One of two areas that make up Bronzeville, Grand Boulevard has historically been known for its large number of black intellectuals, artists, writers and politicians.
Kenwood’s boundaries are made up by 43rd to the North, 51st to the South, Cottage Groove to the East, and the Lake to the West. The current home of President Barack Obama and the headquarters of the civil rights organization the Rainbow/PUSH coalition, Kenwood was founded as a bedroom community for people leaving the congestion of an early Chicago.
Located south of Congress Parkway, east of the Chicago River, and north of Roosevelt Road, South Loop is affectionately known as “Chicago’s front yard.” Home to Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and Grant Park, South Loop is a tourist hotspot, giving rise to a range of activities and landscapes to explore. One of Chicago’s very first residential districts, this neighborhood flourished through the introduction of railroads and Printer’s Row, and today it has been transformed once again into a dynamic residential district.
Oakland is located to the east of Bronzeville, south of Douglas, and north of Kenwood. One of Chicago’s most historic districts, Oakland was designed by Cicero Hine and is the site of various French and Spanish architecture styles. The Abraham Lincoln Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and founded as a space for the diverse people of Oakland, is a historic landmark. Today, investment and development in Oakland have led to rehabilitated buildings and community spaces.
Located on the lake between 26th Street and Pershing Road, Douglas is the home of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Burnham Park, located within Douglas, runs along the lakeshore and contains Margaret Taylor Burroughs Beach, which was named in 2015 for the founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Southside Community Art Center.
The Gap is a small neighborhood located in the eastern part of the Douglas community area bounded by 31st St and 35th St. The Gap contains row houses dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The neighborhood gets its name because it escaped the redevelopment that affected other neighborhoods in the 1960s.
Bounded by 43rd Street, 47th Street, Cottage Grove, and the Illinois Central Railroad tracks, North Kenwood was designated a Chicago Landmark district in 1993 because of its historic buildings and landmarks, including the Kenwood Evangelical Church, which is located on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of those buildings predate Kenwood’s annexation by the city of Chicago in 1893.
Bordered by the Dan Ryan Expressway to the west, Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to the east, 31st St to the north, and Pershing Road (39th St) to the south, Bronzeville has a rich history as a predominantly African American neighborhood. As one of the greatest destinations of the Great Migration, Bronzeville thrived as a cultural hub. Today, Bronzeville is well known for its public sculptures, including Alison Saar’s “Monument to the Great Northern Migration,” The Bronzeville Walk of Fame, and The Victory Monument.
Located in the south part of the Loop, Printer’s Row was traditionally the hub of Chicago’s printing and publishing industry. Today, many of these old buildings have been converted into apartments, which help the neighborhood maintain its artistic and eclectic feel. It hosts a famed annual Book Fair each year to commemorate its history.