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Old 04-21-2021, 02:18 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Originally Posted by Nearwest View Post
The most comprehensive Italian area in Chicagoland is along Harlem Ave., from North Ave. (1600N) to the Kennedy Expwy. (5600N). This 5 mile stretch includes parts of Chicago, as well as parts of Elmwood Park, Norridge, and Harwood Heights.

The area has a large concentration of Italian-owned businesses, including shops and services which cater to the Italian community. A number of these merchants are foreign-born Italians. In some shops, patrons are greeted first in Italian, and then in English. There are also a number of Italian social and sports clubs along Harlem Ave.

I have a number of family members (Italian/Sicilian) who live in the radius of Harlem Ave, so I have patronized many shops and businesses on this strip.

This area is the most intact Italian community in Chicagoland. The honorary street signs posted on Harlem Ave., in the vicinity of Irving Park Rd., label it as "Chicago's Little Italy."
Awesome information. True authentic enclaves usually aren't found in the "Little" (Insert Name) districts anymore. Those are usually the tourist areas.

I know the general area you are describing (have been through that area in passing a few times), and knowing that general area, it does have a true old-school neighborhood feel to it. I will need make a trip through there some time in the near future. These old school neighborhoods are the gems of city life that are sadly fading away.
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Old Today, 05:06 AM
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Originally Posted by HelloCleaveland View Post
Not sure how the Irish are ''Chicago'' and not New York given that the New York trifecta is Irish-Italian-Jewish...but anyway, yes, Chicago is not all that Italian.
The classic New York quints are Irish-Italian-Jewish-Black-Puerto Rican. The Irish were the first to fade into the general white population so NYC has become Jewish-Italian-Caribbean (PR/Dominican)-Black-Everybody Else in the World.
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