Burnside is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois, and is located on the city's south side. This area is also called by locals, "The Triangle", as it is bordered by railroad tracks on every side; the Illinois Central on the west, the Rock Island on the south and the Nickel Plate Railroad (now Norfolk-Southern) on the east.
Originally considered part of Roseland and the Chatham communities , it was distinguished as one of the 77 Chicago communities when the University of Chicago established its official map of Chicago communities. The area was mostly undeveloped swamp land north of Lake Calumet until after the American Civil War. The Illinois Central Railroad (ICRR) built the Burnside Station at 95th street and named it after Ambrose Burnside, a Civil War general and official of the ICRR.
Burnside is home to Harold Washington Elementary School and Burnside Park. Harold Washington Elementary School serving all of the children within its attendance area. The mission of HWES is to provide a high quality education that will integrate the fine and performing arts and technolog to meet the diverse needs of all students.
Located in the Burnside community, Burnside Playlot Park is an ideal location for families to spend the day relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. The park offers a soft-surgace playground with swings, slides, and climbing equipment as well as a basketball court and baseball field.