Stickney started out as an area known by the name of Mud Lake which was more marsh than a lake. Its only defining feature was a portage trail that ran between two rivers. Development of the land didn't take off until the construction of the Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1900 caused the land to dry out. Developers came in to build and farmers tilled the rich soil until development gained traction in the 1920s. The village had a checkered existence until the 1950s when town officials opened up the sale of properties with unpaid taxes to developers. Stickney went from a population of around 2,000 before World War II to almost 6,300 by 1960.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Stickney is on par with the U.S. average. Housing is the biggest portion of monthly costs, but transportation and grocery costs are a close second. The village is located in Cook County that has high taxes on gasoline and groceries. The county is also known for its high property taxes, but Stickney's small size results in lower taxes overall due to a lack of pressure on village services. The available housing stock consists of Chicago-style brick bungalows, wood frame houses from the 1910s, and mid-century ranch homes. A small number of condominiums are also available.
Stickney benefits from its close location to Chicago and proximity to the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). There is no railway in Stickney, but there are two Metra stations located directly to the north in Cicero on the BNSF Railway line that travels northeast to Chicago and southwest to Aurora. Pace bus operates several routes that connect passengers to the Metra, CTA L stations, and various high schools in the area. Routes 50 (Cicero Avenue) and 43 (Harlem Avenue) run north to south through the town and provide access to nearby communities along with quick access to Chicago.
Lyons Elementary School District 103 operates two elementary schools in Stickney, Home School and Edison School, and middle school children attend George Washington Middle School in Lyons. High school-aged students attend Morton West High School in Berwyn due to a majority of Stickney's population being located west of Ridgeland Avenue and therefore closer to Berwyn. Stickney's small size and lack of land mean it's more practical to arrange school attendance in this manner as opposed to supporting all three levels of education within the village.
Hawthorne Race Course features both Thoroughbred racing and harness racing. Opened in 1891, the racecourse has been continually operated by the same family for over 100 years. It continues to be a major economic engine for the area and is rated as one of the top ten racetracks in the U.S. The nearby Ottawa Trail Woods contains the Chicago Portage National Historic Site which has preserved the site where Native Americans and early settlers crossed to get from the Chicago River to the Des Plaines River. Historic Route 66 branches off from Harlem Avenue and bisects the forest preserve into two sections with Cermak Woods to the north. Stickney may be a small town, but it offers excellent housing stock, easy access to major destinations in the area, and a quiet place to escape from the daily grind of life.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.