Chicago’s second largest community area both by population and by land area, Austin was originally neighboring Cicero Township’s seat of government before it was annexed by Chicago in 1899. It is bordered by Chicago Avenue to the north, Austin Boulevard to the west, Roosevelt Road to the south and Cicero Avenue to the east. The former town hall was modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and survives today as one of Austin’s most well known landmarks. The neighborhood is also home to the Jens Jensen-designed Columbus Park, which features a waterfall, lagoons, golf course and Prairie-style refectory which was originally an ornate dining hall and is now used for special events.
The Austin neighborhood is poised to experience community revitalization, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot committed a multi-million dollar infrastructure investment to the area in October 2019. The Peace Corner is well positioned in the community, just west of Cicero on Madison Street, and aims to provide opportunity for the area’s youth in sync with other efforts in the area.
|Austin||City of Chicago|
|Average Household Size||2.9||2.6|
|Accessible Park Acreage per 1,000 residents||0.7||2.4|
|Less than $25,000||12,629||39.2||268,473||25.4|
|$25,000 to $49,999||8,153||25.3||216,679||20.5|
|$50,000 to $74,999||4,699||14.6||164,412||15.6|
|$75,000 to $99,999||2,520||7.8||115,913||11.0|
|$100,000 to $149,999||3,019||9.4||139,715||13.2|
|$150,000 and over||1,202||3.7||150,926||14.3|
|4 or more people||7,772||24.1||208,744||19.8|