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Auburn Gresham
Community Area 71 - Auburn Gresham
Two-flats built in the early 20th century are common in Gresham.
Two-flats built in the early 20th century are common in Gresham.
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
City Chicago
 • Total 3.77 sq mi (9.76 km2)
 • Total 44,878
 • Density 11,909/sq mi (4,598.2/km2)
Demographics (2015)
 • White 0.50%
 • Black 96.86%
 • Hispanic 1.50%
 • Asian 0.26%
 • Other 0.88%
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
part of 60620
Median income $29,389
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

Auburn Gresham, most commonly referred to simply as Gresham, is one of the 77 official community areas of the city of Chicago, Illinois. It is located on the far south side of the city and was the original location of the South Side Irish Parade before it was relocated to the Beverly neighborhood farther southwest in the city.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 19,558
1930 57,381 193.4%
1940 57,293 −0.2%
1950 60,978 6.4%
1960 59,484 −2.5%
1970 68,850 15.7%
1980 65,132 −5.4%
1990 59,808 −8.2%
2000 55,928 −6.5%
2010 48,743 −12.8%
2020 44,878 −7.9%


Auburn Gresham is serviced by a Metra commuter rail stop at W. 87th St. and Vincennes Ave., which provides daily inbound service to LaSalle Street Station in Chicago and outbound service to Joliet. Community leaders have long encouraged the construction of an additional Metra rail stop at W. 79th St. In 2014, the City of Chicago obtained a half-acre parcel of land on which to construct the station. CTA red line stops at 79th St. and 87th St. are also available along the Dan Ryan Expressway in nearby Chatham.

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