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Bridgeport Chicago IL Bridgeport was one of the first communities in Chicago and is still bustling on Chicago's South Side. Historically, much of the neighborhood was an Irish-American enclave.
In the 1830s, large numbers of immigrants from Ireland started settling in this working-class neighborhood. Many of the same Irish immigrants who helped build the Erie Canal later came to Chicago to work on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Because of inadequate funding for the project, the State of Illinois began issuing "Land Scrip" to the workers rather than paying them with money. A large number of those Irish-Americans who received the scrip used it to purchase canal-owned land at the northern end of the canal where it meets the south branch of the Chicago River. The original Bridgeport village, named "Hardscrabble," centered here on what is now the diagonal section of Throop Street on the northwest side of the Bridgeport community area. The area later became known as Bridgeport because of its proximity to a bridge on the Chicago River that was too low to allow safe passage for boats, so cargo had to be unloaded there. Finley Peter Dunne later wrote about this area in popular sketches around the turn of the 20th century. His Mr. Dooley character lived on "Archey Road" (present day Archer Avenue, Chicago) in Bridgeport. See also South Side Irish. Bridgeport is also home to many Italian Americans like its neighbor, Armour Square. Although the Irish are Bridgeport's oldest and most famous ethnic group (besides the Lebanese), Bridgeport has also been home to a large number of other groups. Many Lithuanian-Americans settled along Lituanica Avenue, which runs between 31st Street and 38th Place one block west of Halsted Street in what was once called "Lithuanian Downtown" and the center of Lithuanian settlement in Chicago . Today, there are also large numbers of first and second generation Mexican-Americans and Chinese-American who, like the Irish immigrants of the 19th century, have settled in the Bridgeport area due to its affordable housing and proximity to their work. In 2008 the Chicago Sun-Times listed Bridgeport as one of the four most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, alongside Albany Park, West Ridge, and Rogers Park. the White Eagle Brewing Company in Bridgeport designed by John S. Flizikowski. Bridgeport's Polish history can be seen in its two churches in the Polish Cathedral style: St. Mary of Perpetual Help, and St. Barbara. The Art Institute of Chicago has done restoration work on the paintings in the Shrine Altars at St. Mary of Perpetual Help which date back to 1890, with further plans calling for restoration of the stained glass windows and to complete the painting of the interior ceilings and rotunda. The influence of other Eastern European immigrants to Bridgeport is evident at St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church, which holds services in both Croatian and English. Bridgeport has long been one of the city's political hotbeds, having been home to five of Chicago's 45 mayors. They are, in order of service: Edward Kelly, Martin Kennelly, Richard J. Daley, Michael Bilandic, and Richard M. Daley. The most prominent example of the neighborhood's influence on Chicago politics is illustrated by a 46-year long stretch (1933–1979) in which a Bridgeport native held the city's highest office. The current (as of 2010) mayor Daley no longer resides in Bridgeport. Bridgeport is also home to the Chicago White sox and U.S. Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park ), old churches, and some of the most beautiful architecture in Chicago , the Chicago neighborhood of Bridgeport is an older, family-oriented spot with historic roots. Chicago's former mayor Richard J. Daley made it his home throughout his life. Once known as Hardscrabble, then Cabbage Patch, Bridgeport got its name because it was near a bridge on the Chicago River that was too low to allow boats to pass under it, so cargo had to be unloaded there. One of the founding neighborhoods of Chicago and once a center of industry, Bridgeport is now mainly residential and retains the feel of a real Chicago neighborhood. A neighborhood rich with generations of history, Bridgeport is enjoying a degree of modernization as former residents who left the neighborhood looking for more trendy locations are moving back to where they came from, bringing their newly-acquired modern tastes, aesthetics and families with them. The many taverns and restaurants along Halsted accommodate the multitudes who travel here to see the White Sox ( 333 W. 35th St .). Check out some of Bridgeport's sites: Morrie O'Malley's ( 3501 S. Union Street ); Healthy Food Lithuanian ( 3236 S. Halsted Street ); Ricobene's ( 252 W 26th Street). In the 1920's entertainment was at its peak. Bridgeport had 13 theatres. ( Only one stands today abandoned the Ramova Theatre. The other three are used as fine dining restaurants and stores.) 3 ballrooms. Unfortunately almost every single theatre is gone. All 3 ballrooms 1 the eagle room, 2 La Corndenda, and 3 unknown. Bridgeport is now a very mixed area.
Happy new year
Tonight is elections make sure you vote
Wear a mask, shop small business.
Its sad to say the Bridgeport news will stop printing news October 28th 2020.
Great News! New Warehouse coming to Bridgeport which means more jobs. Stay safe and shop small!
The riverside building would be a “last-mile” distribution center, a key part of the company's push to deliver more packages within a day or less of receiving an online order.
Make sure you register to vote
Support your local businesses!!
Stay safe and wear a mask when outside!
The Ramova Theatre is finally going to be reopen!
Yesterdays community meeting went well. The Ramova Theatre will be rennovated and will also include some recipes of the Ramova grill chili.
Thanksgiving is coming around the corner.
Who's ready for the fall season?!
RIP to those who have died these past couple weeks.
Vote today for the alderman. May the best man win.
Have a happy New Year
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!!
So the Ramova grill is finally closed. Thanks for all the great years of your diner, and chilli. Booths are going to be used in a resturant. Don't know which one right now. Comment if you do
A great day in Bridgeport
Bridgeport - Chicago Community Area 60
The protestors were something else!!
Sox Game tonight!
New Antique shop by 33rd and Halsted
Italian Deli opening soon by 36th and Halsted!
Ramova Grill closing at the end of the month because of good business.
Have a happy and safe Easter everyone!!!
Cold weather Ramova grill unfortunately closing in April.... We will remember you hopefully someone brings you back.
Bridgeport Chicago IL's cover photo
Happy St. Pats day to one and all
Anohter beautiful day and busy day in Bridgeport
Ramova Grill will be closing.... someone should take over the business.... they had great chilli!!!!! One day it will come back.
Robbery and complete idiot!!! Please help the guy out and put the other idiot in jail! If you know anyone please contact the police!!!
This guy broke in to my shop on Feb-15-2012 3:00AM. Location is W.35th St & S Halsted St. If anyone has any info about this, please leave on common. Thanks.
The sad thing is that 60,000 people live in Bridgeport... Only 25 people like this
page... can we please get the word out Thanks :)
Bridgeport's Halsted from 39th( Pershing) to Archer Ave
Bridgeport's Halsted from 39th( Pershing) to Archer Ave
An old factory now used as a warehouse. Located at 37th and Loomis
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