North West Side
In 1912 residents in the area formed the Portage Park District; in the following year, forty acres of land were established for the purpose of a park construction. The park officially opened in 1916 with events organized by the Portage Park Citizen’s Celebration Association.
The park became a hubbub of recreational activities and included a swimming lagoon, tennis courts, and baseball fields. As transportation improved throughout the city, the park neighborhood became a popular place to move to such that, by 1940, the population of Portage Park rose to 66,357.
Community activities continue to center on the park over the years. By 1990 the population decreased to 56,513 and was composed mostly of Polish, Irish, Italians, and Germans. To this day many social activities and athletic events are centered at the Park.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig
I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth. - Jeremiah 9:24