Italians have been a part of the Chicago community
since the 1850s. The city's Italian immigration rate
peaked in 1914, and many of these new residents settled in neighborhoods on the north, west, and south sides of the Loop and in the industrial suburbs of Chicago. An intriguing visual tour, Italians in Chicago explores the lives of over four generations of the community's residents and experiences. In over 200 images accompanied by an
insightful narrative, this collection uncovers the challenges of migration and ethnic survival as well as the trials and triumphs of daily life.
About the Author
Dominic Candeloro is a former professor of history and the author of numerous articles for scholarly journals and international publications. The co-author of Images of America: Chicago Heights and a strong advocate for the preservation of his community's rich heritage, Mr. Candeloro has served as the president of both Chicago's Italian Cultural Center and the American Italian Historical Association.
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'ITALIANS IN CHICAGO' is part of the book series IMAGES OF AMERICA. The book is a compilation of old photographs that capture the Italian migration of the early 1900's and the life styles of the newly settled immigrants in Chicago. The importance of family, neighborhood and church in establishing a new found Italian-American community is captured pictorially throughout the book. Photographs from the various conclaves of Italians on the north, west and south sides are presented. Although the conclaves are dispersed throughout the city a common cultural uniformity can be seen to develop. The book is a valuable supplement to any serious research on the cultural history of Chicago.