About Brighton Park
Brighton Park / McKinley Park: Brighton Park and McKinley Park on Chicago's Southwest Side are poised to become the next hot spots for moderately priced new homes in the city. Working-class areas that date back to the 1830s, Brighton and McKinley Park have been home to numerous industries such as iron forging and meatpacking. Today, these neighboring communities along the CTA Orange Line are cultural melting pots offering peaceful residential areas within easy reach of the city.
Existing homes in Brighton and McKinley Park are quite affordable and include well-kept two- and four-flat buildings, raised ranches and bungalows. Reasonably priced new-construction town homes and single-family homes are beginning to pop up more and more frequently as developers tap the area's unmet need for new housing.
New retail stores such as Target, Home Depot and Jewel are following new residential development into Brighton and McKinley Park. The Chicago Park District's McKinley Park, from which the neighborhood draws its name, offers up many recreational facilities for residents, including a field house, baseball diamonds, a lagoon and ice skating rink.