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]