Schorsch Village

The Schorsch brothers, who first developed this small neighborhood in the 1910s, wanted so badly to disassociate their land from the neighboring poor farm and insane asylum in Dunning that they decided to call the area "West Portage Park." The neighborhood saw its population grow soon after World War I when the city started running public transit to the Dunning area, and it became a place where immigrants from Sweden, Germany and Poland settled. The neighborhood, whose "streets are lined with English Tudors, bungalows, and ranch-style homes" is now called Schorsch Village, and the presence of these early ethnic groups can still be felt in the community today.