Located 15 miles southwest of Chicago's Loop, Bridgeview has strived for balance since it was incorporated in 1947. Today, one-third of its land is devoted to residential housing, a third to retail business, and one-third to industry.
Most Bridgeview homes are well-kept, older dwellings, but a building wave in the 1980s added newer homes to the selection. Active families enjoy excellent recreation programs and facilities. A popular spot for youngsters is a play area that features a 60-foot slide.
Although Chicago's Ford City Shopping Mall is only two miles away, Bridgeview residents take maximum advantage of the stores and shops lining Harlem Avenue, the city's prime retail corridor. They also flock to Bridgeview Court shopping plaza and to the facilities of major national discount chains.
Bridgeview's employment statistics are enviable. The number of jobs increased by 27 percent from 1985 to 1990. Today, some 9,800 people are employed in Bridgeview industry, which includes such names as Prairie Materials, Signode, Golden Grain, and Chicago Finish Metals.
With easy access to I-57 and the Dan Ryan Expressway, it's a fast 20-minute drive from Bridgeview to Chicago's Loop. Metra commuter trains stop in nearby Oak Lawn and run to the Loop in 35 minutes. Air transportation via Midway Airport is a 10-minute drive away and it's a 45-minute trip to O'Hare International Airport.
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