is a village in Cook County
in the United States
. It is located approximately 13 miles from the Chicago Loop
. As of the 2000 census
, the village population was 15,335. The city of Bridgeview is home to the Chicago Fire
of Major League Soccer
Bridgeview is located at (41.742432, -87.806789).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.7 km²), all of it land.
The southern boarder of the town is at Southwest Highway and Harlem Ave.
The Northen boarder is about a quarter mile north of 76th Street and Harlem Ave. past Toyota Park Stadium.
It borders the following Chicago suburbs:
Oak Lawn, IL
Chicago Ridge, IL
Hickory Hills, IL
As of the census
of 2000, there were 15,335 people, 5,631 households, and 3,812 families residing in the village. The population density
was 3,716.5 people per square mile (1,433.6/km²). There were 5,825 housing units at an average density of 1,411.7/sq mi (544.6/km²). The racial makeup
of the village was 87.42% White
, 0.82% African American
, 0.30% Native American
, 2.22% Asian
, 3.97% from other races
, and 5.26% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 9.42% of the population, including 7.7% of Mexican
The top five non-Hispanic ancentries reported in Bridgeview as of the 2000 census were Polish (25.7%), Irish (17.2%), German (15.1%), Italian (9.0%) and Arab (7.2%).
There were 5,631 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.30.
In the village the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $42,073, and the median income for a family was $52,490. Males had a median income of $38,843 versus $25,881 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,802. About 5.3% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.
Bridgeview is served by a few different grade school districts.Most elementary and middle school students attend schools in Indian Springs District 109. Other are split between Summit District 104, and North Palos District 117.Most high school students go on to Argo Community High School
District 217. Others attend Consolidated High School District 230 Amos Alonzo Stagg High School
in Hickory Hills
Bridgeview is in Illinois' 3rd congressional district
The earliest settlement in Bridgeview occurred in the 1830s, when the area was still populated by Native American groups. By the 1870s German settlers began moving into the area for farming purposes. Dutch migrated to the area by the 1920s at which time farming began to decline; real estate and industry began to develop the area considerably. When Lake Michigan
water became available to the area, the population began to grow significantly. Bridgeview was incorporated in 1947 with an initial population of approximately 500 residents.
Bridgeview's motto is "A Well Balanced Community," as the village's zoning is divided equally into residential, commercial, and industrial areas. Its proximity to Chicago's Midway Airport and downtown, along with access to major highways, has made it a crossroads of the inner southwest suburbs.
The Fifth District Circuit Court of Cook County is located in Bridgeview near 103rd Street and 76th Avenue.
Bridgeview has recently become the home of the Chicago Fire
professional Major League Soccer
team, whose stadium was funded by the village of Bridgeview and will be operated by the Fire's parent company, Anschutz Entertainment Group
. Toyota Park
is home to not only the Fire, but also the Fire Reserves and Chicago Fire Premier
teams as well. Toyota Park hosted the 2006 Major League Soccer All-Star Game
, and continues to be a premier venue for important concerts. The village has also developed a plan to have mixed commercial and residential zone near the stadium to give the town a commercial and residential hub near the stadium. Development has not yet been approved.
Arab culture on Harlem Avenue
Today, Bridgeview, particularly Harlem Avenue, is a major center of Arab American
cultural life in America. Bobby Roeback was the first leader of the Arabs. Numerous self-owned businesses create an atmosphere similar to that of many Arab diaspora
communities across the world. Some businesses include: ethnic grocery stores (containing imported groceries and appliances used to cook regional dishes, cultural souvenirs, and calling cards used specifically for customers to use when speaking to relatives overseas), Hookah
lounges, Middle Eastern sweets, and mosques
and Christian Arab
Land value has skyrocketed in the area surrounding the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation (home to the largest Arab-Muslim community in the Midwestern U.S. outside Metro Detroit), reflecting high demand by Muslims to live near the mosque and adjacent private schools. On average, a vacant lot sells for $250K-$300K, which is comparable to wealthier southern and southwestern Chicago suburbs such as Orland Hills and Palos Park. .