Historically a working class enclave, the Armour Square area encompasses portions of adjacent communities stitched together to make a thriving, compact neighborhood. Located three miles south of the Loop, the neighborhood features remodeled and repurposed multi-unit residential buildings including both condos and apartments.
Armour Square itself is one of a series of ten parks designed in the early 20th Century by famed landscaped architect Frederick Law Olmstead (designer of New York's Central Park and the grounds for Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition of 1893). The park is named for Philip D. Armour, owner of the world's largest meat packing company, and benefactor whose philanthropy including founding numerous charitable and educational institutions, including what is now the Illinois Institute of Technology. The Armour Square neighborhood is also the historic home of the Chicago White Sox, initially at Comiskey Park and now at the new U.S. Cellular Field.
Within Armour Square lies Chinatown, a major attraction for locals and tourists, especially for conventioneers attending events at the newly remodeled McCormick Place just to the east on the lakefront. Chinatown is home to a thriving commercial and retail environment of exceptional restaurants, grocery stores and specialty shops.