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About Brighton Park

Brighton Park is neighborhood number 52 of 77 in Chicago. 

The neighborhood population is about 45,000. 

96% of students in the Brighton Park community are considered low-income and over 93% are Latinx. According to the City of Chicago Data Portal the estimated household income in Brighton Park is $48,951; per capita household income is only $13,138. 23% percent of households are living in poverty, 11.2% are unemployed, and 13.2% live in crowded households.

According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, " Brighton Park takes its name from the Brighton livestock market in England and is bounded roughly by the Stevenson Expressway and 48th, Western, and Kimball Streets. Construction of the Illinois & Michigan Canal and Archer Avenue drew early settlers.

WBEZ's John R. Schmidt mentioned "Brighton Park became part of Chicago in the great annexation of 1889. Yet as it developed, the community was cut off from the rest of the city on three sides. On the north was the Sanitary and Ship Canal, successor to the Illinois and Michigan. On the west were the massive yards of the Santa Fe Railroad. On the south was an industrial park.


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