EXPLORE CHICAGO’S BRIDGEPORT NEIGHBORHOOD
From baseball to bungalows, the neighborhood of Bridgeport has everything under the sun. The former home of five Chicago mayors, this working-class neighborhood has been an enigmatic influence upon Chicago city culture. Originally a farm settlement adjacent to Fort Dearborn, Bridgeport has always been a mecca for the “hardscrabble” Chicago spirit. In the 1800s, immigrants from Ireland, Poland, Germany, and Italy all flocked to the area to work in the meatpacking industry or the newly-built Michigan canal–resulting in the vibrant and diverse neighborhood we see today.
With its booming art scene, and incredible restaurants, both old and new, Bridgeport has maintained its tradition while still being able to explore the “what’s next”. You can explore one of the 60+ artists at the Zhou B Gallery and grab a hot dog and a Hamms at the local favorite Duck Inn, all without leaving the neighborhood. Bridgeport has also been the home of The Chicago White Sox since 1910, and the cheers and jeers of Guaranteed Rate Field still fill the streets today. True to its roots, Bridgeport has remained accessible and affordable. Walking down the street you will see classic Chicago brick bungalows, families on their front porches, and good old-fashioned Chicago camaraderie.