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Old 10-29-2007, 02:12 PM
 
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Default Where do most of the Chicago Irish live?

Hello all, I am doing a project for school right now about ethnic groups and how some have remained in different regions, the Irish were listed as a Chicago group. However, except for all the fake Irish pubs around, Chicago didn't seem all that Irish. So, do the Irish live in neighborhoods people don't really go to too much like Bridgeport? Also, do people talk about their heritage freely in these neighborhoods? And, one more thing, the local Irish band the Tossers said that they are really proud of their South side Chicago Irish heritage, again, anyone have any idea where in the South Side they would be so proud of their Irish heritage? Thanks so much~!
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Old 10-29-2007, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Western Chicagoland
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Ive heard that Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood are the Irish strongholds.
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Old 10-29-2007, 02:17 PM
 
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Bridegeport and Beverly seem to have a lot of Irish people who are still aware that they're Irish. There are others, but I'm forgetting them...
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Old 10-29-2007, 02:20 PM
 
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Thank you so much, any more would be great.
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Old 10-29-2007, 02:56 PM
 
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Ive heard that Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood are the Irish strongholds.
I would say those are the 3.

Also, you can read more here
Irish

And it goes without saying the South Side Irish Parade is the best holiday of the year...and the only place where you could see something like this:

YouTube - Amazing Grace South Side Irish Parade Bagpipes Chicago 2007
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Old 10-29-2007, 03:25 PM
 
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Chiming in here, but in the early days of Chicago the west side was predominantly irish and I am a descendants of those. The O'leary's lived in the west side neighborhood.

The ethnic group then moved out as the neighborhood changed and a lot of them moved to the western burbs like Berkeley, Hillside, and Elmhurst.
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Old 10-29-2007, 05:29 PM
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Location: Near West Burbs, IL
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Lots in Oak Park and River Forest
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:46 PM
 
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Most of the true south side Irish migrated to the southwest suburbs in the 70's...you
can find gaelic park in Oak forest, for example....other southwest suburbs with high
irish populations would be oak lawn, evergreen park, midlothian and Tinley/Orland
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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And the irony today is that many of the real Irish AKA citizens of Ireland can be of any race/ethnicity.
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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And the irony today is that many of the real Irish AKA citizens of Ireland can be of any race/ethnicity.
Yeah, Ireland is a real melting pot or something.

Anyway, as others have mentioned, the largest concentration of Irish are on the South side in neighborhoods like Beverly, Morgan Park (the western half of it anyway) and Mount Greenwood, plus adjacent suburbs like Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park. There are also a lot of Irish scattered around the far Northwest side (for instance, the Irish American Heritage Center is up there in the Mayfair neighborhood), but the South Side enclave is where being Irish still matters to your neighbors.
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