Why I Live in Chatham, Chicago

Tiffany Harston, an assistant principal, says what she loves best about her Chicago South Side Chatham neighborhood is its stability. "It's known to be a nice, family-oriented black community where a lot of middle-class families reside," she says. And that includes some famous former residents.


Chatham is the childhood home of Nat King Cole, whose father preached at True Light Baptist Church. You'll find Nat King Cole Park, which features an outdoor basketball court and spraypool at 361 E. 85th St. in Chatham not far from his father's church. Also in Chatham is Tuley Park, 501 E. 90th St., with a swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, baseball field, and more.