Chicago's Hispanic Community
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.
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
Mexican Fine Arts Museum
Little Village Community Development Corporation
United Neighborhood Organization
The Hispanic with Disabilities Support Group
Instituto Del Progreso Latino
Columbia College Chicago
Parents United for Responsible Education
Institute for Latino Studies
Mexican American Chamber of Commerce
Spanish Coalition for Jobs
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
Rose Bombela-Tobias, Co-Author, “The Complete Job Search Guide for Latinos,” 312-666-2514
Erie Neighborhood House
Midwest Latino Health Research Training and Policy Center
Pilsen-Little Village Community Mental Health Center
Circle Family Health Care Clinic
Mexican and Caribbean Studies
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Consulate General of Mexico
Latino Union of Chicago
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546
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