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Living in Sauganash Chicago

The Sauganash neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side is rich in history, culture and land. The area was named for Captain Billy Caldwell, born in 1782 to a Mohawk mother and an Irish father, who acquired the nickname “Sauganash,” a Potawatomi word meaning “Englishman,” and settled near Chicago around 1820. Residential development began in Sauganash in 1924, when nearly 100 individual houses were built in a four-year period.  Today, there are almost 1,500 families living in Sauganash, an area bordered by the picturesque Bryn Mawr Country Club to the north, La Bagh Woods Preserve on the southern edge, the Forest Glen Woods Preserve to the west, and sprawling cemetery grounds to the east. This gives Sauganash the tranquility of a residential community while Downtown is still only 15 minutes away via expressway and the community is well served by public transportation.

Sauganash real estate represents a well-preserved and distinct Chicago residential development from the early 20th century, and it includes wonderful examples of many styles of architecture not found elsewhere in the city. Sauganash has been included in the National Historic Register, the nation’s official list of places recognized for their historical or architectural significance with a number of homes eligible for Federal and State tax credits to help preserve original façades. Many of the beautiful brick bungalows, English Tudors and Georgian-style homes in Sauganash have been passed down through generations. While much of Sauganash's architectural designs follow the tradition set by the first lot of houses, the twenty-first century has made a mark as new construction single-family homes complement the past with Tudor-inspired styles while offering contemporary interior layouts and upgraded features.

Sauganash schools have an excellent reputation and include Sauganash Montessori, Sauganash School for the Young Years, Sauganash Elementary, and Queen of all Saints Elementary, with others nearby. Residents living in Sauganash have miles of biking and walking trails along with wildlife and green spaces within a few blocks of home. Sauganash locals are active and engaged, and the community supports a vibrant business district with retail, service businesses and restaurants. A variety of churches with engaged congregations are in Sauganash or nearby. The Valley Line Bike Trail viaduct over Peterson Avenue on Sauganash’s eastern border recently received a unique revitalization featuring the Sauganash Mural Project -- a beautiful glass mosaic celebrating Sauganash’s history and heritage.

If you are looking to purchase Sauganash real estate, the Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty team is happy to assist you in locating the perfect home for you.