Chicago boasts a Latino population that is more diverse than that of any other American city. Lured by jobs and longstanding immigrant-entry communities, Chicago’s Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in the area.
The City has the third-largest Puerto Rican population in the continental United States, after New York City and Philadelphia, and the third largest Mexican population in the United States after Los Angeles and Houston.
With a vibrant, rich history in the Chicago area, Latinos are now transforming the entire look and feel of the city and region, with real influence over politics, culture, and the economy.
Mexican-Americans are by far the nation’s largest Hispanic origin group, comprising 65% of the total Hispanic population.
Despite Chicago's Latino urban numbers, Hispanics in the region are more likely to live in a suburb than in one of Chicago's 50 wards. In 1990 The City's Latino population center stood inside city limits and by 2000, it had moved further into into suburban Cook County.
"A large number of Latinos have predominantly chosen smaller communities where they have more affordable housing," said Rosa Ortiz, a senior planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). The Latino population continues its westward movement towards DuPage County, the next county over. Recently, Chicago Latinos' numbers increased by an astonishing 338%, adding some 50,000 people in just 10 years.
Latino residents represent a larger proportion of the population in 2010 because Latino population growth has outpaced growth in the overall population. The Chicago metro area grew from 8.2 million to 8.4 million residents between 2000 and 2010, a 3.6% increase.
Little Village or “La Villita,” is the city’s largest Mexican-American neighborhood. The huge influx of Mexican immigrants during the 1990s brought restaurants, shops and street festivals, which until recently was mostly Polish and English.
Puerto Ricans have settled on the Near Northwest Side, along Division Street in Humboldt Park. Latinos are now moving further northwest and southwest, to neighborhoods like Belmont-Cragin and the area east of Midway Airport. Other Latino areas are the Southeast Side, where Mexicans settled near now-defunct steel mills, and Back of the Yards and Logan Square.
While most of Chicago and its surrounding area are generally regarded as being racially segregated, the City's unique culture arises from it being a melting pot of a variety of ethnic groups, including a sizable population of Hispanics.
Tito Rodriguez, Artistic Director, 773-879-2123
Mexican Fine Arts Museum
Carlos Tortolero, Executive Director, 312-738-1503
Little Village Community Development Corporation
Jesus Garcia, Executive Director, 773-542-9233
United Neighborhood Organization
Juan Rangel, Executive Director, 312-432-6301
The Hispanic with Disabilities Support Group
Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
Ramon Canellada, Disability Resource Coordinator, 773-522-5885
Instituto Del Progreso Latino
Juan Salgado, Executive Director, 773-890-0055
Columbia College Chicago
Ana Maria Soto, Director, Latino Cultural Affairs, 312-663-1600 x7812
Parents United for Responsible Education
Ismael Vargas, Assistant Director, 312-461-1994
Institute for Latino Studies
University of Notre Dame
Marta Zurita, Senior Research Analyst, 708-788-6109
Mexican American Chamber of Commerce
Juan Ochoa, President, 312-554-0844
Spanish Coalition for Jobs
Mary Gonzalez-Koenig, President, CEO and Founder, 312-247-0707
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
Ramiro Marquez, Executive Director, 312) 435-0498
Rose Bombela-Tobias, Co-Author, “The Complete Job Search Guide for Latinos,” 312-666-2514
Erie Neighborhood House
Ric Estrada, Executive Director, 312-563-5800
Midwest Latino Health Research Training and Policy Center
Jane Addams College of Social Work
University of Illinois at Chicago
Aida Giachello, Associate Professor and Director, 312-413-1952 or 312-413-7409
Pilsen-Little Village Community Mental Health Center
Francisco Cisneros, Executive Director, 773-579-0832
Circle Family Health Care Clinic
Dr. Mercedes Martinez, Psychiatrist, 773-921-8100 ext. 4968
Mexican and Caribbean Studies
Northeastern Illinois University
Victor Ortiz, Coordinator, 773-583-4255
Juanita Irizarry-Martinez, Executive Director, 312-782-7500
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Hipolito Roldan, President, 312-443-1360
Luis Gutierrez, Executive Director, 312-850-0572
Consulate General of Mexico
Cesar Romero, 312-491-8969
Latino Union of Chicago
Jessica Aranda, Executive Director, 773-588-2641
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546
Jorge Ramirez, Executive Director, 312-733-2999
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