Brighton Park is a predominantly-Hispanic neighborhood located six miles southwest of the Chicago Loop, along busy Archer Avenue. The neighborhood takes its name from the Brighton livestock market in England.
Formerly home to those of Polish and Irish descent, Brighton Park is the location of Five Holy Martyrs Roman Catholic Church where, in 1979, Pope John Paul II held an open-air mass for 17,500 people in the church parking lot. Though the surrounding community is now overwhelmingly Spanish-speaking, weekday and Sunday masses are split evenly between Polish and English.
Brighton is just minutes from Midway International Airport; the area offers an extensive housing market and easy access to the downtown Loop. Public transportation is available via the CTA Orange Line train, which travels straight to the Loop or to its terminus at Midway.
Most homes in the neighborhood were built in the early 20th century, between 1905 and 1925, after electric streetcar lines had been extended into the neighborhood providing fast and affordable transportation.
Architectural styles here include one- and two-story homes, classic brick bungalows and simple ranch-style homes. Most detached dwellings offer modest front and back yards, and many feature a private garage. Most streets have sidewalks.