Mt. Greenwood

Mt. Greenwood is a neighborhood in Chicago, located 20 minutes from Downtown. Search for homes in Mt. Greenwood

n the mid-nineteenth century, German and Dutch farmers settled the area. The region received its name in 1879 when the surveyor George Washington Waite platted an eighty-acre land grant that he had received from the federal government.

The proliferation of saloons led to a movement to turn Mount Greenwood into a “dry area” like the nearby communities of Morgan Park and Beverly. To prevent this, a group of citizens successfully campaign to incorporate Mount Greenwood as a village. Twenty years later, in 1927, the community voted to be annexed into Chicago to receive better services. The promised infrastructure took longer than anticipated to be delivered. Those services finally came nine years later, in 1936, when the Works Progress Administration installed sewers.  Residents were still seeking improvements such as curbs into the 1960s. Despite being annexed by Chicago, the area maintained a character similar to nearby blue collar city-suburbs.

Mount Greenwood was home to two of the last farms in Chicago, one owned by James Jankowski a Lithuanian immigrant who farmed down the street on Lawndale from Peter Ouwenga until the mid-1980s when Peter sold his farm to the Chicago Public School system. James Jankowski was the last original farmer in the City of Chicago. He was known all over the town as the "Bird Man of Mt. Greenwood" and he continued to farm his property until he died in 2003. His land was sold and divided up for individual family homes. The district built the Chicago High School for Agricultural Science on Peter Ouwenga's land, which was an experimental magnet high school devoted to teaching agricultural science to urban students. It was the second school of its kind after W.B. Saul High School in Philadelphia.

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