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When originally developed in the 1920s, Sauganash was envisioned as a sort of suburban oasis in the city. Sauganash crime statistics are very low, and the neighborhood has a low rate of residential turnover. This is said to be attributed to a sense of civic pride and community involvement among residents, who have a relatively high median income. Of course, having a number of Chicago police, fire and civic personnel and officials living in the neighborhood might factor into that as well.
The neighborhood of Sauganash is bounded by Bryn Mawr Avenue and C&NW tracks north to Devon Avenue, Pulaski Road and C&NW tracks west to Cicero Ave (4800 W).
Public Amenities, Services, Civic Organizations
Sauganash is adjacent to two Cook County forest preserves, Labagh Woods to the south and Caldwell Woods to the west. Consequently, bike trails, nature centers, picnic groves and other recreational activities are just a quick drive or bike ride away for Sauganash residents. Caldwell Woods sports two public golf courses (Billy Caldwell and Edgebrook), which offer enthusiasts an affordable alternative to a private club. In addition, an old railway line cutting through the neighborhood has been converted to a bike path.
The neighborhood has a very active community association, and its web site is a nice online source for history, news and events. It also has links to other groups of interest to the community.
Sauganash is home to the Sauganash Community Church, the Korean United Presbyterian Church, and the spectacular Queen of All Saints Basilica, one of only 3 Roman Catholic basilicas in the city of Chicago.
Sauganash’s streets, which diverge from Chicago’s strict grid system, are largely comprised of gracious homes resting on well-manicured lots. The vast majority of the homes in the neighborhood are owner-occupied, but rental properties do exist. Houses are typically priced from about $300,000 to more than $1 million.
Architectural styles vary, ranging from gorgeous Tudor- and Queen Anne-style homes to newer bungalows and ranch houses.
The Sauganash Historical Residences Project has some interesting information regarding the area’s more historic homes, including a link to a photo set and more.
Metra's Milwaukee North District Line Edgebrook stop is just west of Caldwell on Devon and takes commuters to downtown Chicago in under 25 minutes. The neighborhood also has easy access to the Edens Expressway (I-94), and is a short drive from O’Hare International Airport. CTA bus lines run on Pulaski Road, Cicero Avenue, and Peterson Avenue.
Shopping, Dining and Nightlife
Sauganash is not known as a shopping, dining, or entertainment destination, and of course, this is by design. There are, however, plenty of dining options in the nearby Edison Park neighborhood, or one need only make a quick trip east on Devon to satisfy any dining taste, no matter how exotic. There is a new Whole Foods Market at Cicero and Peterson to serve your gourmet cooking needs.
As for nightlife, there’s always Sauganash Park’s “Movies at the Park” program.
Chicago Public Schools’ Sauganash Elementary School serves the community’s youngsters. Alternatively, Queen of All Saints Catholic School and Sauganash Montessori are right in the neighborhood.