Bridgeport is one of the oldest of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods and has served as home to five of the city’s 55 distinguished “hizzoners,” including Richard M and Richard J Daley. Five of 55 is quite a percentage, but Bridgeport is quite a neighborhood. A river doesn’t run through it, but the Illinois and Michigan Canal (built in 1836) does. The famous Union Stockyards were here, but that’s all history now.
Today, this neighborhood is alive, thriving and well. Conveniently located just 15 minutes south of Willis Tower, Bridgeport is a cosmopolitan mix of ethnic groups: Irish, Polish, Italian, German, Lithuanian, African-American, Mexican-American and Asian-American. It’s a community of churches, corner taverns where everybody knows your name (“Cheers!”) and tasteful restaurants, shops and stores. At the Polo Café and Catering, for example, you’ll “feel like a kid in a candy store.” Enjoy a cup of joe at the Bridgeport Coffee Shop and for the world’s best bacon rolls, the Bridgeport Bakery just makes scents.
Stroll around town, or better yet, take a jog along our magnificent lake. If your timing’s right, take yourself out to a ballgame and root for the White Sox at U.S. Cellular field. You’re also just minutes from downtown Chicago, Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile and every other Windy City attraction. Chicago’s Little Italy is a hop, skip and spaghetti twirl away, as is Chinatown. Also close are the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology and the seminaries of Hyde Park. Learning and earning go hand in hand in Bridgeport.
Spend the Night the Neighborly Way. If you’re here vacationing, on business or visiting friends of family, there’s no more neighborly way to stay than the Benedictine Bed and Breakfast, which is an absolute delight and far better than a night in a big hotel. There’s also the Bridgeport Bed and Breakfast offering something “wonderful and different,” with its four uniquely themed bedrooms.
Both B&Bs fit in perfectly in an area that’s a little less populated than others, which is the way the residents like it and you may too.
Come explore the colorful past and the vibrant life of this close-knit, family-oriented, near-south-side neighborhood. “Go Sox! Go Bridgeport!”