Hegewisch is the last community in the City of Chicago,
literally next to the borderline of Indiana and the connecting
border to the south suburbs. In all, Hegewisch has three
distinct areas within the Neighborhood. The areas are commonly
referred to as
Arizona - the area East of Avenue O and north of 138th St. Sometimes this area is also referred to as "the Avenues" and depending on who you ask, Arizona either goes as far as the Trailer Park (the only mobile home park left in the City of Chicago also known as Harbor Estates) or all the way to the Indiana Border. Either way, Harbor Estates (the Trailer Park) is part of the Hegewisch Community. Recently, plans have been implemented to rebuild the area with 950 new homes.
Avalon Trails - North of 130th Street, East of Torrence and West of Baltimore Avenue, it is the youngest part of Hegewisch and is built on wetland area where the original settlers of Hegewisch hunted small game and fished.
(Old) Hegewisch - Old Hegewisch comprises the oldest part of Hegewisch and includes the area North of 138th St, South of 130th St., East of Torrence Avenue, and West of Avenue O.
Today, Hegewisch, remains as one news reporter said, "A Diamond in the Rough". It has all the convenience that you would expect from a big city like Chicago, but all the charm of a small town. Whereas in the past, its distance from downtown hampered its growth, today it only adds to its charm.