Avondale grew along Milwaukee Avenue and paralleling railroad lines, developing as a working-class community. Rapid growth began in 1889 following Avondale’s annexation to Chicago.
Transportation improved with the extension of street railway lines and the construction of the “L”, providing means for commuting to the city for jobs. The rail lines and the river attracted industry to Avondale. The river banks once contained boatyards, brick factories, and an amusement park.
Today, the industrial belt along the river is being replaced with luxury townhouses, condominiums, and shopping malls, leading to the loss of many industrial jobs that supported the working class for decades.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig
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