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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738583341
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,185,314
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Foreword 7

Introduction 8

1 Born out of Industry 11

2 People of Pilsen 25

3 Pilsen Worships 39

4 Education 53

5 Business and Enterprise 65

6 Celebrating the Arts 83

7 Community Organizations 103

8 Street Life 117

Bibliography 127

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