Far Southwest Side
We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers. - 1 Thessalonians 1:2
Mount Greenwood is bound by eight cemeteries and was once nicknamed the “Seven Holy Tombs”. In 1897 taverns and restaurants opened to serve mourners after funerals. Mount Greenwood was annexed to Chicago in 1927 in hopes that this would catalyze improvements to the neighborhoods, such as the development of sewers, paved streets, and public schools. Such changes were slow to occur, however, in 1936 the sewage systems and paved and lit streets were developed.
Between 1930 and 1950 the population of Mount Greenwood grew rapidly. By 1980 Mount Greenwood contained the last farm that existed in Chicago; this was later developed into the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.
The magnet school stirred up controversy when, in the late 1980s, black students were bussed into the white community. This led to a community protest and racial hostility. Recently, the population has declined and became a densely white population, with African American and Hispanic populations still representing small percentages.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig