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Best of the South Side 2010

It’s not really a fair name for the huge part of the city spanning from the western portion of Englewood to Midway airport, but the area dubbed the Southwest Side has changed so much so quickly and in such different directions over the last century that the gloss is understandably common. Until the late 1880s, Chicago’s Southwest Side was little more than cow pasture sprinkled with farmsteads. The turn of the century, however, brought a slew of European immigrants including Poles, Lithuanians, and Bohemians with the advent of industrialization, as well as efficient public transportation and the establishment of the Union Stockyards.

Best of the South Side 2009: Southwest Side

The story of Chicago’s Southwest Side is a classically American one. Immigrants–Poles, Lithuanians, Italians, Germans, Czechs–flocked to the area in the early 20th century after the extension of streetcar lines made it an easy commute. Railroads and stockyards–including the famous…