Another cycle of ethnic change is underway in the 150-year evolution of industrial neighborhoods on Chicago’s Near Southwest Side. Once populated almost entirely by Irish, Germans and Eastern Europeans, the Stockyards district today is a mix of nearly everyone from everywhere, with large groupings of Chinese, Latinos and African Americans joining long-time and newly arrived white residents. About 153,600 people live in the six community areas south of the Stevenson (I-55) Expressway and west of the Dan Ryan (I-90/94), within reach of eight CTA Red and Orange Line stations.

Named after the Union Stockyards meatpacking district that once attracted tens of thousands of immigrant workers, the district remains one of Chicago’s strongest industrial centers. [Excerpted from Summary of Assets]

Stockyards Assets

Community assets are those built, natural, cultural and institutional elements that most define a neighborhood. They are anchor institutions, identity markers and community stabilizers. As such, they help guide local capital investment decisions.

Stockyards Data

Neighborhoods are in a constant state of change. Data for the built environment informs decision-makers about existing conditions and allows for comparisons across neighborhoods and against citywide averages, and helps to determine what investments are needed.

Stockyards Plans

Chicago has many citywide and local place-based plans with stated goals for the built environment. Some are municipal; others are nonprofit driven. They prioritize public and private capital investments, provide important context for those investments and help determine how a community should grow and where development should occur.