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Back of the Yards

When Chicago was hog butcher to the world, America’s hog butchers lived in Back of the Yards. The neighborhood takes its name from the adjacent site of the Union Stockyards, which ran on the fat and gristle of bovine slaughter…

Back of the Yards

Just southwest of the former Union Stockyards, there’s a neighborhood that, for better or for worse, will always be defined by them. While the area is still heavily blue-collar, the grim realities of stockyard life immortalized in Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” have drifted off into history.