Located 10 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop, Garfield Ridge is a relatively young neighborhood of mostly single-family homes. The northern half of Chicago Midway International Airport is located on the eastern edge of the neighborhood.
Garfield Ridge stretches from Pershing Road, just north of the Stevenson Expressway, to 59th Street from north to south, and from the railroad one-quarter mile east of Cicero Avenue to Harlem Avenue traveling west. Bordering communities include South Lawndale, Archer Heights and West Elsdon to the east and Clearing to the south.
Like many areas of Chicago, industrial development in Garfield Ridge led to residential development. By 1950 homes had overtaken the industrial area and filled it with Chicago’s typical middle-class brick bungalows. Once remote, the neighborhood has steadily grown into its urban status.
The community is home to a mix of young families and seniors drawn to its affordable prices; its relatively quiet, family-oriented culture; and its reputation as a clean and safe community.
Access to and from the community is easy, with significant routes provided by the Stevenson Expressway and the CTA’s Orange Line. A major thoroughfare, Archer Avenue, hosts many of the neighborhood’s businesses, including the popular Weber’s Bakery, founded by a German immigrant baker years ago. The area is still mostly comprised of family-owned ethnic businesses, with no nearby big-box stores.
The city’s residency requirement means that a disproportionate percentage of teachers, firefighters, paramedics and police officers call Garfield Ridge home. The neighborhood features one large apartment complex near Midway Airport.
There are a large number of churches in the area, particularly Catholic churches. Schools serving the community include Byrne, Hearst, Kinzie and Mark Twain and Kennedy High School. Catholic schools include St. Jane, St. Symphorosa, St. Daniel and St. Rene.