Chicago can be a daunting task when it comes to sightseeing, but with a quick detour to Berwyn, it might as well be Chicago. If you're looking for a unique trip that includes a visit to one of Chicago's most popular neighborhoods, you can head to Berwyn Illinois. While you're still close to the big city and Chicago's highlights, take your time and enjoy the small town's charm.
Berwyn is a very diverse community, and the adjacent suburbs include the city of Chicago, the suburbs of Berwyn, Chicago Park District, Lakeview, Oak Park, North Park and West Chicago.
Harlem Avenue is Berwyn's western boundary, connecting the community with its neighbors to the south by extending into the many farm fields that surround the area. Located in the growing community of Oak Park, Illinois, south of Chicago, this area stretches from Roosevelt Road to 16th Street between Ridgeland and Harlem and was originally known as South Oak Park.
Two important routes cross through Berwyn, although there are only two paths that are travelled by the two settlements. One of the most important trails in Chicago ended at Portage and today it is known as Oak Park Avenue or Ridgeland Avenue. Today, Berwyn borders Harlem Avenue, Roosevelt Road, Harlem Street, Oak Park Avenue and Harlem Boulevard, as well as a few other streets.
While Piper Andrews developed the southern part of what is now Berwyn, John Kelly helped develop the northern parts of the city such as LaVergne, Oak Park Avenue and Harlem Avenue. Lavergnes was first accessible via the C-NP main line on 45th Street, which extended south to 16th Street and then to 19th Street. An extension of this line north of Harlem Avenue was planned and would have connected the center of Berwin with the north side of Chicago as well as with Chicago's west side and the Chicago River.
Since this was exactly the kind of community the two developers in Illinois hoped to replicate, Piper Andrews decided that Berwyn was the perfect name. On April 1, 1884, Berwin became a city and received his official charter from the State of Illinois. To cater for the growing population, it established an independent park district and created Illinois "first health district. The two leisure departments of the park maintained the leisure facilities of the city and organized leagues and programs for young people, adults and seniors.
Berwyn North School District 98 includes Berwyn High School, Berwin Middle School and the School of the Arts in the city.
Parish students who wish to move to a secondary school can attend Berwyn High School and Berwin Middle School, both of which are co-educational. Ernest Hemingway was born in nearby Oak Park, and if you have a literary friend who travels, it's a must-see.
From this vantage point, you can learn more about the landmarks that give Chicago its famous reputation as an architectural city. This tour will make your trip an unforgettable experience, as the path along the lake shows an incredible skyline.
From here you can visit Chicago Riverfront Park and take in the Chicago skyline from the top of the lake.
Cicero is the only place in Illinois with a higher population density than the city of Chicago. Berwyn is one of the largest communities in the state of Illinois with a population of over 1,500,000 inhabitants, since it was founded in 1908 by the secession of Cicero Township. It also has the second highest percentage of people living here who were born outside the US. The overall level of education of the Berwyn population is slightly higher than the US average (21.84%).
Berwyn had a large Czechoslovak population in the 1920s and 1970s, and its legacy is celebrated with events such as the Houby Day Parade, which was organised in 1968. Piper Andrews promoted his growing community and ran extensive ads in Chicago newspapers.
Some of the typical ads boasted the city's proximity to the Chicago River and its scenic views, while others pointed to the city's proximity to the Chicago and Illinois rivers. The southern end of Berwyn originally consisted of two parcels on the west side of Lake Michigan. The developers divided up the land, built roads, sidewalks and canals, and named the new subdivisions after the Philadelphia suburbs listed in the Pennsylvania Railroad timetable. Baldwin encouraged people to move to LaVergne and sold the Burlington and Quincy railroads in 1862.
As the community grew, the Cicero community, which included what is now Prairie Oak Elementary School in the area bordered by Ogden, 34th Street and Gunderson Avenue, built LaVergne School in the triangle of the land border between Ogden, 35th and 36th Streets. A new art school, PrairieOak Elementary, was built on the site of the old school. It replaced the original Prairie Oaks Elementary, an elementary school on a small lot in a wooded area.