Taylor Street: Chicago's Little Italy

Taylor Street: Chicago's Little Italy

by Kathy Catrambone, Ellen Shubart


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Chicago's Near West Side was and is the city's most famous Italian enclave, earning it the title of "Little Italy." Italian immigrants came to Chicago as early as the 1850s, before the massive waves of immigration from 1874 to 1920. They settled in small pockets throughout the city, but ultimately the heaviest concentration was on or near Taylor Street, the main street of Chicago's Little Italy. At one point a third of all Chicago's Italian immigrants lived in the neighborhood. Some of their descendents remain, and although many have moved to the suburbs, their familial and emotional ties to the neighborhood cannot be broken. Taylor Street: Chicago's Little Italy is a pictorial history from the late 19th century and early 20th century, from when Jane Addams and Mother Cabrini guided the Italians on the road to Americanization, through the area's vibrant decades, and to its sad story of urban renewal in the 1960s and its rebirth 25 years later.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531631888
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 02/07/2007
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
Immigrant Journey: New Country, New Home, and New Life     9
Mama Mia: Family Ties     21
In America: Neighborhood and School     33
Pray for Us: The Importance of the Church     53
An Honest Day's Work: Pride in a Job Well Done     73
The Other Taylor Street: Tri-Taylor     85
Double-Edged Sword: Urban Renewal     99
Surviving, Thriving: Benvenuto, Again, to Little Italy     111
Bibliography     127

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