Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce  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.

Chicago's Hispanic/Latino Community's Rich and Vibrant History


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.

Chicago Hispanics/Latinos are Choosing Smaller Communities


"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.

 Chicago hispanic speaking realtor, latino realtor chicago 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.

Chicago's Cultural Melting Pot


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.

Chicago's Hispanic/Latino Community Resources


Segundo Ruiz Belvis Puerto Rican Cultural Center Chicago hispanic speaking realtor, latino realtor chicago
Mervin Mendez, Director, 773- 235-3988
Email: info@ruizbelvis.orf
Website: www.ruizbelvis.org

Tito Rodriguez, Artistic Director, 773-879-2123
Email: titorodriguez@netscape.net
Website: Africaribe.net

Mexican Fine Arts Museum
Carlos Tortolero, Executive Director, 312-738-1503
Website: www.mfacmchicago.org

Community Developement

Little Village Community Development Corporation
Jesus Garcia, Executive Director, 773-542-9233
Email: lcvdc1@ameritech.net

Pilsen Alliance

Alejandra Ibanez, Executive Director, 312-243-5440
Email: alibanez@sbcglobal.net
Website: www.neiu.edu/~casaaztl/Programs.htm

United Neighborhood Organization
Juan Rangel, Executive Director, 312-432-6301
Website: www.uno-online.org


 Chicago hispanic speaking realtor, latino realtor chicago Institute for Latino Studies
University of Notre Dame
Sylvia Puente, Metropolitan Chicago Initiative, 708-788-6109
Email: spuente@nd.edu
Website: www.nd.edu/~latino


The Hispanic with Disabilities Support Group
Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
Ramon Canellada, Disability Resource Coordinator, 773-522-5885
Email: canra@sinai.org

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
Marca Bristo, President and CEO, 312-253-7000
TTY: (312) 253-7002
Email: generalinfo@accessliving.org
Website: www.accessliving.org


Mike Rodriguez, President, 773-793-0880
Email: mrodriguez@FUERZA.org
Website: www.fuerza.org

Instituto Del Progreso Latino
Juan Salgado, Executive Director, 773-890-0055
Email: juan@idpl.org

Columbia College Chicago
Ana Maria Soto, Director, Latino Cultural Affairs, 312-663-1600 x7812
Email: asoto@popmail.colum.edu

Parents United for Responsible Education
Ismael Vargas, Assistant Director, 312-461-1994
Website: www.pureparents.org

Institute for Latino Studies
University of Notre Dame
Marta Zurita, Senior Research Analyst, 708-788-6109
Website: www.nd.edu~latino


UIC Center for Urban Economic Development
Sandra Morales, 312-996-5689
Email: smoral2@uic.edu
Website: www.uic.edu/cuppa/uicued/

Mexican American Chamber of Commerce
Juan Ochoa, President, 312-554-0844

Little Village Chamber of Commerce
Martha de la Vega, Executive Director, 773-521-5387
Email: Info@lavillitachamber.com
Website: www.lavillitachamber.com

Chicago hispanic speaking realtor, latino realtor chicago National Council of La Raza
Midwest Regional Office, 312-269-9250
Email: chicago@nclr.org
Website: www.nclr.org/

Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce
Jose Allende, President, 773-486-1331
Email: allende@prcci.com
Website: www.prcci.com


Spanish Coalition for Jobs
Mary Gonzalez-Koenig, President, CEO and Founder, 312-247-0707
Website: www.sci-usa.org

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
Ramiro Marquez, Executive Director, 312) 435-0498
Email: ramiro@hace-usa.org

Rose Bombela-Tobias, Co-Author, “The Complete Job Search Guide for Latinos,” 312-666-2514
Email: rosemary@jobsearchguideforlatinos.com

Family Issues

Erie Neighborhood House
Ric Estrada, Executive Director, 312-563-5800
Website: www.eriehouse.org

DePaul University School of Education
Layla Suleiman, 773-325-4676
Email: lsuleima@depaul.edu
Website: www.education.depaul.edu

Loyola University Department of Social Work
Maria Vidal de Haymes, 312-915-7020
Email: mvidal@luc.edu
Website: www.luc.edu/socialwork


Alivio Medical Center
Carmen Velasquez, Executive Director, 312-829-6304
Email: cvelasquez@aliviomedical.org

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
Email: aida@uic.edu
Website: www.uic.edu/jaddams/mlhrc/mlhrc.html

Pilsen-Little Village Community Mental Health Center
Francisco Cisneros, Executive Director, 773-579-0832
Website: www.pilsenmh.org

Circle Family Health Care Clinic
Dr. Mercedes Martinez, Psychiatrist, 773-921-8100 ext. 4968
Email: reinaxochil@aol.com


Mexican and Caribbean Studies
Northeastern Illinois University
Victor Ortiz, Coordinator, 773-583-4255
Email: v-ortiz@neiu.edu

Center for Latino Research
DePaul University
Felix Masud-Piloto, Director, 773-325-7472 ph
Email: fmasud-p@depaul.edu
Website: http://condor.depaul.edu/~dialogo/


Latinos United
Juanita Irizarry-Martinez, Executive Director, 312-782-7500
Email: jirizarry@latinosunited.org

The Resurrection Project
Raul Raymundo, Executive Director, 312-666-1323
Email: rraymundo@resurrectionproject.org
Website: www.resurrectionproject.org

Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Hipolito Roldan, President, 312-443-1360
Email: proldan@hhdevcorp.com


 Chicago hispanic speaking realtor, latino realtor chicago Latinos Progresando
Luis Gutierrez, Executive Director, 312-850-0572
Email: luis@latinospro.org

Consulate General of Mexico
Cesar Romero, 312-491-8969
Email: cesar63@cs.com

Labor Issues

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

Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues
Jose Oliva, 773-728-8400
Email: joliva@nicwj.org
Website: www.chicagointerfaith.org

Legal Issues

Hispanic Lawyers Guild
Chicago Bar Association
Karina Ayala-Bermejo, 312-554-1206
Email: kayala@chicagobar.org

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Maria Valdez, Regional Counsel, 312-782-1422
Email: mvaldez@maldef.org

Women's Issues

Mujeres Latinas en Acción
Maria S. Pesqueria, President, 312-226-1544
Email: maria@mujereslat.org
Website: www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org

MANA de Chicago Chapter
Diana Derige, MPH, Chair, 312-814-8854
Email: dderige@manachicago.org
Website: www.manachicago.org

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