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Gresham, or Auburn-Gresham, is one of the 77 official community areas of the city of Chicago. It is located on the far south side of the city, and is one of 10 priority communities selected as a part of the initial phase of Chicago's INVEST South/West commercial corridor improvement strategy.

Auburn Gresham two flats.jpg
By Vortex895 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Austin is one of 77 community areas in Chicago. Located on the city's West Side, it is the third largest community area by population and the second-largest geographically.
Austin is one of 10 priority communities selected as a part of the initial phase of Chicago’s INVEST South/West commercial corridor improvement strategy.

The Austin Town Hall Park field house.
By <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Steven_Kevil" title="User:Steven Kevil">Steven Kevil</a> - <span class="int-own-work" lang="en">Own work</span>, Public Domain, Link

Consisting of Back of the Yards and Canaryville, New City is one of Chicago's 77 official community areas, located on the southwest side of the city.
New City, is one of 10 priority communities selected as a part of the initial phase of Chicago’s INVEST South/West commercial corridor improvement strategy.

Union Stock Yard Gate at Exchange Ave.
By <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://www.flickr.com/people/54499054@N00">Zol87</a> from Chicago, Illinois, USA - <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/zol87/2851600088/">Chicago Union Stockyard Gate</a>, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Englewood is a neighborhood and community area located on the South Side of Chicago, and is the 68th of the 77 community areas in the city.

The intersection of 63rd and Halsted, looking south. The Halsted 'L' station can be seen crossing Halsted in the distance. Kennedy–King College occupies the buildings on the left of the photo. The building on the right burned in 2014.
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Gage Park is one of Chicago's 77 well-defined community areas, located on the city's southwest side; it is also the name of a park within the neighborhood. Gage Park's population is largely working-class.

Gage Park High School Chicago.jpg
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North and South Lawndale are two of the 77 community areas of the city of Chicago, located on its West Side. South Lawndale contains Little Village, a strong culture hub for Hispanic, Polish, and Czech peoples.

North & South Lawndale are two of 10 priority communities selected as a part of the initial phase of Chicago’s INVEST South/West commercial corridor improvement strategy.

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By <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://www.flickr.com/people/41813589@N00">Payton Chung</a> from DCA, USA - <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/paytonc/399581141/">Lawndale north and south</a>, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

South Shore is one of 77 defined community areas of Chicago. The area is home to a pristine stretch of lakefront that includes one of the city’s largest beaches.

South Shore is one of 10 priority communities selected as a part of the initial phase of Chicago’s INVEST South/West commercial corridor improvement strategy.

Aerial view of Chicago, with South Shore and Hyde Park in foreground.jpg
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Washington Park is a community area on the South Side of Chicago which includes the 372 acre (1.5 km2) park of the same name and the DuSable Museum of African American History.

The DuSable Museum.jpg
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West Lawn, one of Chicago's 77 official community areas, is located on the southwest side of the city. It is considered to be a "melting pot" of sorts, due to its constant change of cultures moving in and out of the area, as well as the diversity that exists there.

Residence - West Lawn, Chicago.jpg
By <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Tlamintzipunk" class="extiw" title="wikipedia:User:Tlamintzipunk">Tlamintzipunk</a> at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/" class="extiw" title="wikipedia:">English Wikipedia</a> - <span class="int-own-work" lang="">Own work by the original uploader</span>, Public Domain, Link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Lawn,_Chicago
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Park_(community_area),_Chicago
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Shore,_Chicago
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Lawndale,_Chicago
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Lawndale,_Chicago
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gage_Park,_Chicago
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Englewood,_Chicago
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_City,_Chicago
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin,_Chicago
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auburn_Gresham,_Chicago

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/invest_sw/home/south-shore.html
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/invest_sw/home/north-lawndale.html
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/invest_sw/home/new-city.html
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/invest_sw/home/austin.html
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/invest_sw/home/auburn-gresham.html

https://www.choosechicago.com/neighborhoods/south-shore/

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Steven Kevil, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Austin

Englewood

MrHarman, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
MrHarman, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Jonathan Lee from Chicago, IL, USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Jonathan Lee from Chicago, IL, USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

North Lawndale

Plij1, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Plij1, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

South Lawndale

Vortex895 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Vortex895 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Auburn-Gresham

Zol87 from Chicago, Illinois, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Zol87 from Chicago, Illinois, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Back of the Yards

Klio0701, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Klio0701, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Gage Park

Daniel X. O'Neil from USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Daniel X. O'Neil from USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

South Shore

Tlamintzipunk at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Tlamintzipunk at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Washington Park

West Lawn

The original uploader was TonyTheTiger at English Wikipedia.(Original text: en:User:TonyTheTiger), CC BY-SA 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons
The original uploader was TonyTheTiger at English Wikipedia.(Original text: en:User:TonyTheTiger), CC BY-SA 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons
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