9780738583341

Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood

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  • ISBN13:

    9780738583341

  • ISBN10:

    0738583340

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/18/2011
  • Publisher: Arcadia Pub

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Summary

For nearly 150 years, Pilsen has been a port of entry for thousands of immigrants. Mexicans, Czechs, Poles, Lithuanians, Croatians, and Germans are some of the ethnic groups who passed through this "Ellis Island" on Chicago's Near Westside. Early generations came searching for work and found plenty of jobs in the lumber mills, breweries, family-run shops and large factories that took root here. Today most jobs exist outside of Pilsen, but the neighborhood is still home to a loyal population. Pilsen is compact but abounds with close-knit families, elaborate churches, mom-and-pop stores, and sturdy brick homes. Nearly 200 photographs from libraries, personal scrapbooks, and museums provide the evidence. Some notable people who walked the streets of Pilsen include Anton Cermak, Amalia Mendoza, George Hallas, Cesar Chavez, Judy Barr Topinka, and Stuart Dybek. Today the Pilsen schools are nurturing another generation of artists, athletes, and activists. Many Chicagoans and tourists from outside the city are rediscovering this colorful and historic neighborhood. Let this history book serve as their guide.

Author Biography

Peter Nicholas Pero is a teacher and writer whose interest is in urban studies. He has written about neighborhoods in Tokyo, Venice, Cuenavaca, Dublin, Hong Kong, and Buenos Aires. In Chicago, Pero has been a teacher in the Pilsen neighborhood for more than 10 years. This book grew out of his experiences.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 8
Born out of Industryp. 11
People of Pilsenp. 25
Pilsen Worshipsp. 39
Educationp. 53
Business and Enterprisep. 65
Celebrating the Artsp. 83
Community Organizationsp. 103
Street Lifep. 117
Bibliographyp. 127
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