Far Southeast Side
. . . stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high. - Luke 24:49
One of the unique attributes of Avalon Park is the swamps that used to occupy this territory. To avoid flooding, many houses were built on stilts during early settlement. Swamp conditions also discouraged attempts at permanent settlement, causing Avalon Park to serve as a site for waste disposal rather than family living.
By the 1880s, German and Irish descendants began to reside in the community. Also, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the installation of drainage in 1900 stimulated residential growth. Then, in 1910, the former “Pennytown” changed its name officially to Avalon Park. The 1920s brought a second housing boom of single-family brick bungalows and a few apartments.
African Americans began to move into Avalon Park during the 1960s and made up 96 percent of the population by 1980. They did not experience the same struggles usually brought on by white flight. Owner-occupancy rates have remained consistently over 70 percent in recent decades.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig