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The Neighborhoods of Cicero

Map of Cicero Map of Cicero Communities Courtesy of the Cicero Public Library.
Map of Cicero

Map of Cicero Communities Courtesy of the Cicero Public Library.

Cicero is made up of eight (8) communities that came together. The neighborhoods were divided up and mapped at the turn of the 20th century and have never officially changed. Oddly, many of the town’s citizens don’t pay attention to the different neighborhoods; most people just say that they’re from Cicero. But each of these areas has its own history and character. Each was originally comprised of, or largely dominated by, a specific ethnic background. All of these immigrant classes came in, settled in Cicero, and left their own mark on the neighborhoods.

Grant Works

Grant Works is the northeastern most section of town. It was originally named after a locomotive factory. For an illustration of the exact location that comprises Grant Works, its borders are Roosevelt Road on the north, Cicero Avenue on the east, 16th Street on the south, and Laramie Avenue on the west. There are a small group of homes on the east side of Cicero Avenue, as well. I don’t know if those homes are technically considered part of Grant Works. 14th Street, which runs east and west through the center of Grant Works, is the retail center and contains an assortment of shops and stores.

As opposed to other areas of town, people from Grant Works will often say they’re from Grant Works, usually with a bit of pride and bluster. You’ll also hear people say they’re from 14th Street, meaning Grant Works, because the only 14th Street of any consequence is located there – at least if you ask someone from Grant Works.


To the south of Grant Works is the Parkholme community. Parkholme is bordered by 16th Street to the north, Cicero Avenue to the east, Cermak Road to the south, and Laramie Avenue to the west. We’ve done quite a bit of research and we’re still not sure where exactly the name “Parkholme” came from so, if there’s a fantastic area historian out there who has the skinny on this, we’d love to hear it. As it stands, we don’t know the answer and neither does the Town of Cicero itself… of course, they also have the origin for the town name wrong, but so do most sources*. People do occasionally say they’re from “Parkholme”, though they use it as an indicator of location, rather than brag.

Warren Park

Warren Park is the northwestern most section of town. The area was originally named after a local landowner, as were the park, school, and pool. The Warren Park community is bordered to the north by Roosevelt Road, to the east by Central Avenue (but it also includes a few homes in the industrial area between Central and Laramie Avenues), to the south by Cermak Road and to the west by Lombard Avenue. There are retail areas along Roosevelt Road (often referred to as “12th Street”) and 16th Street. Cermak Road (also known as “22nd Street”) is the town’s main commercial area and has a large variety of businesses.

Due to the larger size of the Warren Park community, a number of people from this area (especially the western side) do not immediately identify themselves with being from Warren Park. Instead, most will list a landmark or cross-street.

Clyde Park

Just south of the Warren Park area is the Clyde Park community. Clyde Park was named after a river in Scotland by a prominent citizen of the time. It is bordered to the north by Cermak Road, to the east by Austin Boulevard, to the west by Lombard Avenue, and to the south by Ogden Avenue. Much of the area is industrial and railroad property, with a vast majority of the residents between 22nd and 28th street.

Most of the time when someone says they are from Clyde Park, they’re referring to the few blocks between 26th and 28th streets that are around the actual park. Even then, they’ll usually say they’re from near Clyde Park because they’re not really referring to the community name so much as the park for an easy way to identify the area.

Morton Park

Morton Park is the area bordering Clyde Park on Austin. The schools, J. Sterling Morton East High School and Morton College, as well as the community were named in honor of Julius Sterling Morton. Morton was the Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland and the name was proposed by a prominent citizen of the time. J. Sterling Morton, the person, never resided in Cicero; for all that his name is synonymous with the area.

The borders of the Morton Park community are Cermak Road to the north, Cicero Avenue to the east, the rail yards as the southern boundary, and Austin Boulevard as its western border. The high school is located on the Morton Park side of Austin Boulevard. As with most areas, people don’t often identify themselves as from Morton Park, though they will say near Morton if they live by the high school, even if they’re technically on the Clyde Park side.

South Cicero

The last three (3) communities in Cicero are often simply called, “South Cicero.” Occasionally, you’ll hear someone say they’re from “West Cicero” but not very often unless they’re talking about little league baseball. Almost no one says “North Cicero” unless they’re not actually from Cicero.

The three (3) neighborhoods that all go by the South Cicero label are Hawthorne, Drexel, and Boulevard Manor; though people from the last area will often identify as being from Boulevard Manor, some are not actually accurate according to the original boundaries of the town.


The Hawthorne community was named after the Hawthorne Quarry which employed a large number of the early residents. Hawthorne’s traditional borders were Ogden Avenue to the north, Cicero Avenue to the east, 34th Street to the south and Austin Boulevard to the west.

Right now there are a number of people who screeched to a screaming halt, ready to tell us we’re wrong. There’s a lot of confusion about these boundaries and almost no one considers the area by Park Avenue to be part of Hawthorne – they firmly identify as Boulevard Manor. But those were the original boundaries for the area so, what most residents today call Boulevard Manor is technically part of Hawthorne.


The Drexel community was named after a large landowner in town. Again, there may be some confusion about the original boundaries of this area. The northern border begins at 34th Street, it’s bordered to the east by Laramie Avenue, to the south by Pershing Road, and Austin Boulevard to the west. Most people today think Drexel is from Laramie to Central, and everything West of Central is considered Boulevard Manor.

Boulevard Manor

Last but not least, especially if you ask someone from there, is Boulevard Manor. This area is the youngest community in Cicero. The area was named after Austin Boulevard and is bordered by Ogden on the north, Austin on the East (take a breath, guys), Pershing on the south, and Lombard on the West. We know most people consider Boulevard Manor to encompass Manor Pool (located on Park Avenue, just East of Austin). People think of anything from Austin to the College as Boulevard Manor, but that area is actually part of Drexel and Hawthorne.

Those are the neighborhood borders. But, just like any other area of the world, the way it’s written on a map or in a text book won’t give you a feel for living there. We’ll try to do that in the articles and stories on the site.

Footnote: Many records indicate that the town was named for the orator, Cicero. We cover this in The Early History of Cicero, but the town name was actually suggested by Mr. Augustus Porter at the first meeting which organized the Cicero Township. Mr. Porter’s hometown was Cicero, New York. Our town was actually named after another town in Onondaga County, NY.



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