Chicago Southland
Region
Largest CityOrland Park
Population
2.5 million

The Chicago Southland is a region comprising the south and southwest suburbs of the City of Chicago in the U.S. state of Illinois. Home to roughly 2.5 million residents, this region has been known as the Southland by the local populace and regional media for over 20 years.[1]

There is great racial and economic diversity in the Southland, with low and middle income areas to the north and higher income areas farther south and west.[citation needed]

The southland is home to much of the region's Black suburban population, with the overwhelming majority residing along and east of Interstate 57.[2] The south suburbs are also home to the highest black homeownership rates in the country, with five of its communities ranked in the top ten in 2018.[3]

The region is also home to a high Polish, Lithuanian, Palestinian, Irish, Dutch, German, and Mexican population.[citation needed]

Municipalities

Cook County

Will County

Transportation

Air Transit

The possibility of an airport in Peotone has been discussed since 1968, with official planning beginning in 1984. However, due to concerns that this would negatively impact the environment, the project has yet to be completed. As late as 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn expressed intention to continue with the project, despite slowdown from the FAA.[4]

Mass Transit

Metra Electric Train at Ivanhoe station in Riverdale, Illinois
Metra Electric Train at Ivanhoe station in Riverdale, Illinois

Interstate Highways

Crime

Generally, crime in the Southland tends to be slightly higher than the other suburban regions of Chicago. Most of the violent crime occurs in the south suburbs, such as Harvey, which in 2019, recorded 23 homicides, the most of any suburb in Cook County.[5]

Shopping centers/Malls

Chicago Ridge Mall (Chicago Ridge, Illinois)

Orland Park Place (Orland Park, Illinois)

Orland Square Mall (Orland Park, Illinois)

River Oaks Center (Calumet City, Illinois)

Attractions

SeatGeek Stadium (Bridgeview, Illinois)

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Tinley Park, Illinois)

Thornton Quarry (Thornton, Illinois)

Lincoln Oasis (South Holland, Illinois)

Post-Secondary Education

There are a variety of community colleges and universities in the Chicago Southland including:

References

  1. ^ "Community - Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce". Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/us/03cnccensus.html
  3. ^ https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2018/08/15/where-black-homeownership-is-the-norm
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2011-07-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Battle Over Peotone Airport Still Going
  5. ^ https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-harvey-homicide-st-1231-20191230-yejvzva5zzeaphcue6hosh2vfe-story.html[bare URL]