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Old 07-30-2009, 10:22 AM
 
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Default What are Chicago's Italian neighborhoods?

Is there alot of crime in them? Safe? Populated?
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Portage Park
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bridgeport
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:26 AM
 
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safe?
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:48 PM
 
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The Northwest side of Chicago, next to Elmwood Park, around Harlem/Belmont- Harlem/Foster- have a huge amount of Italians. Bridgeport has a large presence too. Elmwood Park, whick is virtually next to Chicago,still has roughly 25% Italian, which is the largest mass that you will find in Cook County. Elmwood Park and the Harlem and Belmont area also has the greatest number of Italian resteraunts and stores in Chicago.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:19 PM
 
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Small clusters and several notable businesses remain along Taylor west of Halsted, and along Grand west of Racine. But only four census tracts (none in the city) have Italians as the dominant ethnic group:

http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohisto...ages/3889.html
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Nort Seid
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The Northwest side of Chicago, next to Elmwood Park, around Harlem/Belmont- Harlem/Foster- have a huge amount of Italians. Bridgeport has a large presence too. Elmwood Park, whick is virtually next to Chicago,still has roughly 25% Italian, which is the largest mass that you will find in Cook County. Elmwood Park and the Harlem and Belmont area also has the greatest number of Italian resteraunts and stores in Chicago.
The Harlem and Belmont area is definitely a sleeper community - when Italy won the World Cup several years back the locals shut down Harlem and were partying in the street all day, it was pretty cool.
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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The Northwest side of Chicago, next to Elmwood Park, around Harlem/Belmont- Harlem/Foster- have a huge amount of Italians. Bridgeport has a large presence too. Elmwood Park, whick is virtually next to Chicago,still has roughly 25% Italian, which is the largest mass that you will find in Cook County. Elmwood Park and the Harlem and Belmont area also has the greatest number of Italian resteraunts and stores in Chicago.
Yes, this area has the highest percentage of people with Italian heritage in Chicagoland, although many are moving and becoming scattered around the western burbs.

Other Italian areas are Taylor Street and 24th & Oakley. 24th & Oakley feels the most authentic, but it is a tiny neighborhood. Grand Ave around Noble also has a lot of Italian businesses, but there are no Italian residents in that neighborhood.
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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Melrose Park
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:46 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine
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Grand Ave around Noble also has a lot of Italian businesses, but there are no Italian residents in that neighborhood.
None? You sure?
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:59 PM
 
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None? You sure?
I personally know several Italian American families that never left the Grand Ave. neighborhood- many by Smith Park and Grand/Western.
However, Elmwood Park and the Northwest Side of Chicago that neighbors it is still the strongest Italian presence. I hear that a group of respected and well established residents in Elmwood Park have just created a Neighborhood Civic Organization that will help restore and improve this great area.
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