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  1. Portage Park Luka Madzarac Melissa Lee Sanobar Charania Michael Delos Reyes 2. Demographics ã Population: 64,100 ã 37.3% Foreign Born ã 57.7% Born in Illinois…
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  • 1. Portage Park Luka Madzarac Melissa Lee Sanobar Charania Michael Delos Reyes
  • 2. Demographics • Population: 64,100 • 37.3% Foreign Born • 57.7% Born in Illinois Races of Portage Park 51 42 4 1 2 • Median Age: 36.4 • Median Household Income: $54,340 White Hispanic Asian Black Other • Area: 3.959 square miles • Average Household Size: 2.9 People • Violent Crime Rate: 3.2 per 1000 persons (compared to city average 9.3)
  • 3. Demographics • Percentage of family households: 51.6% • Percentage of Married Couples (within households): 51.6% • Median Sales Price of Houses: $210,000 • Zip codes: 60630, 60634, 60641 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 Percent of Population Educational Attainment (%) Portage Park Chicago Average
  • 4. History • In 1845, Jefferson Township was formed, separate from Chicago, claiming a large portion of modern northwestern Chicago. • In 1889, the township was annexed to become a part of Chicago. • The Portage Park District was officially formed in 1912. • The centerpiece to this new district, Portage Park, began construction in 1913, and officially opened in 1916. • With improved transportation and the introduction to this active park, developers began building homes in the community.
  • 5. History • By 1940, the population had increased to 66,000. • In the early 1950s, the overall community’s drainage was finally fixed. • The 1960s introduced improved public transportation and the Kennedy Expressway, Portage Park was finally linked directly to downtown Chicago. • Portage Park remains a thriving community revolving around the actual Portage Park.
  • 6. Notable Places • The Patio • Built in 1927, and recently restored, this theater still provides a local movie service to the community. • Portage Theater • Restored in 2006, is Chicago’s center point for the independent film community, and up-coming indie music artists.
  • 7. Notable Places • Six-Corners • The original six-corners, providing a local shopping area for residents.
  • 8. Notable Places • Portage Park • The heart of the community, home to a beautiful landscape and a local getaway open to the public.
  • 9. Notable Places • Chipotle • Opened recently. Everyone loves Chipotle.
  • 10. Interesting Facts • In 1972, the Olympic Pool in Portage Park hosted the American Olympic team trials in 1912 where Mark Spitz set a new world’s record. • The neighborhood has the largest Polish community in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. • A near-by neighborhood park, Chopin Park, was named after the famous Polish composer, Frederic Chopin. • When the Sears at Six-Corners opened, more than 99,500 customers attended.
  • 11. Interesting Facts • When the area was still inhabited by Native Americans, they were able to canoe from the Chicago River to the Des Plaines river via a portage along present day Irving Park Rd. Hence the name, Portage Park.
  • 12. Getting There • Take the Red-Line towards 95th/Dan-Ryan. • Exit on Sheridan. • Take the Route 80 Irving Park Bus westbound towards Cumberland. • Stop at N Central Ave. and W Irving Park Rd.
  • 13. Resources • Perry, Marilyn. "Portage Park." Portage Park. The Encyclopedia of Chicago, 2004. Web. 22 Oct. 2014. • "Portage Park Neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois (IL), 60630, 60634, 60641."City-Data. Urban Mapping, Inc., 2014. Web. 22 Oct. 2014. • "Portage Park Is One of Chicago's 12 Best Neighborhoods." Chicago Magazine. Chicago Magazine, 17 Mar. 2014. Web. 22 Oct. 2014. • "Things to Do in Portage Park." Choose Chicago. Choose Chicago, 2014. Web. 22 Oct. 2014. • "Portage Park." Chicago Park District. Chicago Park District, 2014. Web. 22 Oct. 2014.
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