About Washington Park

Aerial view of Washington Park

Washington Park is Community Area 40 of Chicago’s 77 Community Areas, located in the southeast section of the city, roughly 1.4 miles west of Chicago’s Lakefront and 4.5 miles south of Downtown’s Loop. Roughly one-third of the 1.48 square mile (947 acres) community area is covered by Washington Park (the Park), named after George Washington. The Park is home to the historic Washington Park Fieldhouse, the DuSable Museum of African American History, as well as General Richard L. Jones Armory and Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts.

Key Facts

  • 11,355 residents. Population declined nearly 80% between 1950 and 2010.
  • Rich in history, natural and transportation assets, cultural treasures, and engaged residents.
  • Covers 1.48 square miles, including the Park. 2,881 parcels of property were identified in the survey area.
  • Of households, 13% own their home, compared to 44% in Chicago.
    • 40% are housing cost-burdened

Community Lead

The Washington Park Residents’ Advocacy Council (WPRAC) advocates for the residents of Washington Park (Community Area 40) in the areas of housing, education, economic development, safety, health and wellness, community empowerment, and sustainability. WPRAC’s mission is centered on Washington Park residents building and sustaining the community through knowledge, skills, resources, values and commitments.