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Chicago's Community Areas and Neighborhoods

A guide to Chicago's neighborhoods and 77 officially designated community areas

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Overview

Chicago is made up of 77 officially designated community areas. Each of these may contain one or several neighborhoods and, as such, materials related to neighborhoods are oftentimes combined with materials for the greater official community area in which they fall. Records of community organizations, local historical societies, and city records like the examples below are generally more abundant at the community area level.

Additionally, because the community areas are officially designated, it is also possible to find statistical data which may not be available at the neighborhood level. For example, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) provides statistical data about the northeastern region of Illinois, specifically Chicago and the surrounding areas, and includes community data snapshots for each of the 77 individual community areas in Chicago. These snapshots provide demographic information on population, employment, housing, education, and many other characteristics about the area that may prove useful to researchers.

Collections exemplifying some of the various types of community area resources are listed here, but this list is not comprehensive.

Archival Sources

  • Austin Newspapers Collection, 1876-1997 (bulk, 1970-1997), Chicago Public Library
    Collection Summary: The bulk of the collection consists of runs of the The Austin Herald (1876), The Austin News (1970-1975), and The Austinite (1911-1980). Additionally, the collection holds an issue each of Austin Topics and The Austin Vindicator in oversize folders. Recent donations of contemporary Austin area newspapers have necessitated the creation of a supplement containing runs of both the Austin Weekly News and the Austin Voice from 1987 to 1997. Issues of the Windy City Word run from 1991 until 1997.

  • Uptown Chicago Commission Papers, 1945-1986, Chicago History Museum
    Collection Summary: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, financial records, press releases, and topical files of the Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC), a representative community organization, founded in 1955, in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago to serve as a forum for communication and as a catalyst for action for Uptown residents, community organizations, institutions, and businesses.
    (See also UCC Photographs, 1978-1991 and UCC Visual Materials, 1955-1975)

  • Hyde Park Historical Society Collection, 1830-2009, University of Chicago
    Collection Summary: The Hyde Park Historical Society was founded in 1977 to record and preserve the history of the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood. Included are the Hyde Park Historical Society's administrative records, as well as its collection of historic materials. The collection contains architectural drawings, artifacts, audio material, clippings, correspondence, deeds, manuscripts, maps, memorabilia, oral histories, photographs, postcards, posters, publications, scrapbooks, and slides. 

  • Lincoln Park Conservation Association Records, DePaul University
    Collection Summary: The Lincoln Park Conservation Association records contain reports, minutes of community meetings, correspondence, maps, photographs, promotional materials, publicity, financial records, and publications of the LPCA and of its seven affiliated neighborhood associations, the Lincoln Central Association, the Mid-North Association, the Old Town Triangle Association, the Park West Neighborhood Association, the Ranch Triangle Association, the Sheffield Neighborhood Association and the Wrightwood Neighborhood Association.

  • Logan Square Neighborhood Association Records, 1962-1971, Chicago History Museum
    Collection Summary: Committee reports, correspondence, financial records, fundraising and publicity materials, meeting agendas and minutes, news clippings, newsletters, petitions, press releases, surveys, and other records related to daily operations, program planning, and projects of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), a nonprofit community organization serving the Logan Square community.

Krueger, Robert W., 4759 N. Sheridan, 1988, Chicago Public Library
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Books and Other Published Sources

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Online Sources