The Sauganash neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago is rich in history, culture and land. The word "Sauganash" translates to mean "Englishman" in the Potawatomi language. The area was named for Billy Caldwell, the half-Potawatomi/half-European leader, who was known as Chief Sauganash to the Native Americans and settled near Chicago around 1820. Bordered today by the picturesque Bryn Mawr Country Club to the north, sprawling cemetery grounds to the east, La Bagh Woods Preserve on the southern edge, and the Forest Glen Woods Preserve to the west, Sauganash is such a quiet and peaceful residential community, it is hard to believe it holds a Chicago zip code!

The harmony Chief Sauganash worked so hard to establish between the Native Americans and European settlers can still be felt in this tranquil area. The first houses were built in the early 1920s, followed by community churches that continue to have a strong presence here. With its mix of civic professionals that included politicians, firefighters, judges and police officers, the Sauganash neighborhood developed a reputation for being a well-off Chicago community with more than its share of beautiful flora and fauna. Its prime location in the midst of two protected forests and acres of landscaped private property (in the form of a neighborhood country club and three different cemeteries), Sauganash residents have miles of biking and walking trails and wide green spaces within a few blocks of home. Pristine wildlife and open grassy areas are hard to find in Chicago, but not in this exceptional far north side neighborhood.

Sauganash is one of those communities where homes end up staying in the family for generations. Many of the gorgeous English Tudors, brick bungalows and Georgian-style homes here have been passed down from parents to children to grandchildren. Residential development began in 1924, when nearly 100 individual houses were built in a four-year period. While, much of Sauganash's architectural designs follow the precedent set by the first lot of homes, the twenty-first century is certainly making its mark here, too. Newer single-family houses have been constructed on former large industrial sites, complementing the past with Tudor-inspired styles while moving toward the future with upgraded features and contemporary interior layouts.

While it may seem a bit morbid, Sauganash is actually a well-known burial site due to its section of graveyards in the southeast corner of the neighborhood. The sites include Saint Luke Cemetery, on North Pulaski Road, which was created in 1900 as the second cemetery for Chicago's sizeable Lutheran community; Bethel and Ridgelawn Cemetery, Jewish graveyards established around 1895 (also off Pulaski Road); and the Montrose Cemetery and Crematorium (wedged between the other two) that was founded in 1902 by Andrew Kircher and continues to be a family-owned operation. The landscaped grounds of these verdant properties add a sense of quietude to this already restful Chicago community.

One unique Sauganash feature surprises those driving under the viaduct on Peterson Avenue, west of Pulaski Road. A Northeastern Illinois University professor organized his art students to create one of the most colorfully vivid murals in the city as a tribute to the neighborhood's founding father - Chief Sauganash/Billy Caldwell, himself. Not only did the students succeed in making a typically dull structure an eye-catching piece of art, they also creativity told the story of Sauganash's historic beginnings. The artists maintain a commitment to their work by regularly touching up the mural to preserve it from the elements. Seems that Sauganash is such a special place, even those who don't live here take the time and effort to enhance the community for everyone to enjoy.

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