Home to five of Chicago’s 45 mayors, including Mayors Richard J. and Richard M. Daley, Bridgeport is a south side neighborhood with a rich history.
Originally named Hardscrabble, and ultimately getting its name from a bridge over the Chicago River that was too low for the safe passage of boats, Bridgeport was one of Chicago’s founding neighborhoods and once an industrial center of the city. Now primarily a residential area, Bridgeport is still home to the White Sox as well as some of the city’s finest architecture.
When Chicago's wealthy migrated north from the Prairie District just after the dawn of the 20th century they built mansions along Lake Shore Drive and Astor Street from Division to North Avenue, or settled into the sprawling apartments (now co-ops) on prestigious East Lake Shore Drive. The landmark-laden pocket of tree-lined streets east of Clark Street and north of Oak Street quickly became known as the "Gold Coast."