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Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood, Illinois (Images of America Series)
     

Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood, Illinois (Images of America Series)

by Peter N. Pero
 

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For nearly 150 years, Pilsen has been a port of entry for thousands of immigrants. Mexicans, Czechs, Poles, Lithuanians, Croatians, and Germans are some of the ethnic groups who passed through this “Ellis Island” on Chicago’s Near Westside. Early generations came searching for work and found plenty of jobs in the lumber mills, breweries,

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For nearly 150 years, Pilsen has been a port of entry for thousands of immigrants. Mexicans, Czechs, Poles, Lithuanians, Croatians, and Germans are some of the ethnic groups who passed through this “Ellis Island” on Chicago’s Near Westside. Early generations came searching for work and found plenty of jobs in the lumber mills, breweries, family-run shops and large factories that took root here. Today most jobs exist outside of Pilsen, but the neighborhood is still home to a loyal population. Pilsen is compact but abounds with close-knit families, elaborate churches, mom-and-pop stores, and sturdy brick homes. Nearly 200 photographs from libraries, personal scrapbooks, and museums provide the evidence. Some notable people who walked the streets of Pilsen include Anton Cermak, Amalia Mendoza, George Halas, Cesar Chavez, Judy Barr Topinka, and Stuart Dybek. Today the Pilsen schools are nurturing another generation of artists, athletes, and activists. Many Chicagoans and tourists from outside the city are rediscovering this colorful and historic neighborhood. Let this history book serve as their guide.

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Title: New Book on Pilsen published

Publisher: Gazette Chicago

Date: 6/30/2011

Peter N. Pero, who has worked as a teacher in the Pilsen community for more than ten years, has published Chicago’s Pilsen Neighborhood in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. The book tells the history of Pilsen and presents more than 200 photographs and drawings, both vintage and contemporary.

Pero’s book “is about a piece of ground less than two square miles in size, but out of this compact community came poignant experiences related to work, worship, family unity, community pride, artistic expression, continuity, and change,” he said.

“It is no easy task to tackle the history of Pilsen, but author Peter Pero has done an admirable job in putting together this book,” said Carlos Tortolero, president of the National Museum of Mexican Art.

The book costs $21.99 and is available at area bookstores and online retailers or through Arcadia at www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738583341
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
878,231
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Peter Nicholas Pero is a teacher and writer whose interest is in urban studies. He has written about neighborhoods in Tokyo, Venice, Cuenavaca, Dublin, Hong Kong, and Buenos Aires. In Chicago, Pero has been a teacher in the Pilsen neighborhood for more than 10 years. This book grew out of his experiences.

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