Located to the west of Chicago’s spacious Washington Park is the Washington Park neighborhood that shares its name. While this largely residential community has lately been characterized by numerous vacant lots and a declining population, the winds of change are blowing and there has been a recent spurt of growth in new construction and rehab projects
In part, this new revitalization effort reflects Washington Park’s major role in Chicago’s proposed bid for the 2016 Olympics. The park itself is the site of the proposed Olympic Stadium, plus hockey fields, logistics center and broadcast compound. Olympic warm-up facilities are also scheduled to be added to the existing University of Chicago Athletics Center located just west of the park.
Whether or not Chicago is awarded the 2016 Olympics, however, Washington Park seems to be a neighborhood well positioned for revitalization and change.