Chicago History at Home Teens + Neighborhoods

CHM at Home Teens: The Near West Side

May 25 2020

Views of vendor booths on Maxwell Street, Chicago, Illinois, 1933; photographed for Wilfred Floing. HB-01548-F, CHM, Hedrich-Blessing Collection

Chicago’s Near West Side is a community area that consists of smaller, more specific neighborhoods, such as Little Italy, Greektown, and the West Loop, among others. Like other city neighborhoods, it was home to many immigrant and migrant groups, such as the Irish, Germans, Czechs, French, Mexicans, and African Americans. Once a vibrant immigrant and commercial area, urban renewal has displaced many longtime residents and changed the look and feel of the Near West Side. Learn about its history and evolution in this week’s activities!

El Near West Side es un área comunitaria que consiste de barrios más pequeños, como Little Italy, Greektown y West Loop, entre otros. Al igual que la mayoría de otros barrios de Chicago, muchos grupos de inmigrantes como los irlandeses, alemanes, checos, franceses, mexicanos y afroamericanos llamarian como hogar al Near West Side. Alguna vez fue un área vibrante de inmigrantes y comercio, la renovación urbana desplazaría a muchos residentes y cambiaría la apariencia del Near West Side. ¡Conozca esta historia en las actividades de esta semana!

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