Far Southeast Side

Pray for Burnside

Far Southeast Side

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Prayer Points

  1. Public transportation options have been limited in this community, despite being bordered by the tracks.
  2. Pray against the marginalization of this community.
  3. Schools have recently been labeled as underperforming in the neighborhood. Pray that the teachers and administrators could lead with vision and courage.
  4. Burnside is showing signs of deterioration in recent years. Pray for economic revitalization in the area. Pray for Christ-followers in the community to take hope and reinvigorate the neighborhood.

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About Burnside

You know of Jesus of Nazareth…He went about doing good. – Acts 10:38|If you haven’t heard of Burnside, it may come as no surprise as this is the smallest of Chicago’s community areas. It is bound entirely by railroads, and like many neighborhoods in Chicago, it began development as a result of the Industrial Revolution.

As the climate of this area changed to adapt to industrialization, more and more immigrants relocated to this area in hopes of finding work in the factories. Still, Burnside did not attract outside attention until after World War II and new single-family homes began to spring up.

In the 1960s, African Americans started building or occupying homes in the area. Not uncommon to many South Side neighborhoods, Burnside began to fall under scrutiny of the Federal Housing Authority, with many loan scandals. A high number of foreclosures came as a result and produced an overall decline in the community. By the end of the twentieth century Burnside became a more comfortable residential community, but once again, the area is experiencing more economic instability.

information courtesy of Moody Publishers

“Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide” by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig

Ethnic Breakdown
  • Black or African American
  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Other

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