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Crafting Your Experience

Welcome to Auburn Gresham

Auburn Gresham, often referred to simply as “Gresham,” is located between the Dan Ryan Expressway and the Dan Ryan Woods on Chicago’s South Side. This neighborhood was originally part of an independent township called Lake annexed by the City of Chicago in 1889. Auburn Gresham grew considerably in the years following the 1893 World's Fair, welcoming predominantly European workers attracted by the area’s accessibility to transit lines. St. Sabina Church, with intricate tracery in its Gothic windows, was completed in 1933 as Auburn Gresham’s largely Catholic population nearly tripled between World War I and the Great Depression. The neighborhood kept growing throughout the 1960s as it shifted from majority white to African American, as it remains today. Home to the Thurgood Marshall Branch of the Chicago Public Library, Auburn Gresham’s historical residents include dancer Michael Flatley of “Riverdance” fame and Tuskegee Airmen flight officer John Lyle, who earned the nickname “Captain Jack” through a lifelong love of sailing. In August 2020, Always Growing, Auburn Gresham was announced as the inaugural winner of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s $10 million Chicago Prize.

Trails and Experiences in Auburn Gresham

Enjoy self-guided tours, creative interpretations and other experiences, available only on the OHC 2020 app.

Explore Like a Local

Make time to visit these businesses, green spaces, works of public art and more in Auburn Gresham.

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