Near West Side

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This community area includes all or part of the following neighborhoods: University Village, Tri-Taylor, Near West Side, Medical District, Medical Center, Little Italy, Greektown, Fulton River District 

Bear, Marjorie Warvelle. A Mile Square of Chicago
Oak Brook, Ill. : TIPRAC, 2007.
Call No. folio F548.6.N43 B43 2007

Berkow, Ira. Maxwell Street.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1977.
Call No. F548.9.J5 B47.

Bike, William S. Streets of the Near West Side.
Chicago: ACTA Publications, 1996.
Call No. F548.67.A1 B55.

Fultz, L. Michael. Historic Homes of the Jackson Boulevard District and the Near West Side.
Chicago, 1980.
Call No. F548.68.J3 F8

Ganakos, Alexa. Greektown Chicago : its history, its recipes.
St. Louis, Mo. : G. Bradley Pub., c2005.
Call No. Local History Ref F548.9.G7 G36 2005

Huss, John. What I Found in Pilsen.
Chicago: Chicago City Missionary Society, 1890.
Call No. D 808.166 suppl.2.

Kerr, Louise A. "Chicano settlements in Chicago: A Brief History."
Journal of Ethnic Studies 1975 2(4): 22-32.
Call No. E184.A1 J68.

Lower West Side Community Collection. Online finding aid to manuscript collection at the Chicago Public Library. Includes material from Pilsen and Heart of Chicago.

Near West Side Project. Maps and photographs of the Near West Side. Part of the Chicago Imagebase Project of the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Nelli, Humbert S. “John Powers and the Italians: Politics in A Chicago Ward, 1896-1921.”
The Journal of American History Vol. 57, No. 1. (Jun., 1970), pp. 67-84.
Call No. F 875 .587. Also available in the library through JSTOR.

Pauilliac, Myriam. “Near West Side” in The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago.

Pugh, Ralph. "Pilsen/Little Village."
Chicago History Vol. 26, No. 1 (1997): 40-61.
Call No. Local History Ref F548.1.C465 (2nd floor open shelf).

Rosen, George. "The Siting of the University of Illinois at Chicago: A Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s."
Chicago History Vol. 9, No. 4 (1980-1): 219-233.
Call No. Local History Ref F548.1.C465 (2nd floor open shelf).

Reed, Christopher Robert. "Beyond Chicago's Black Metropolis: A History of the West Side's First Century, 1837-1940."
Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 1999 92(2): 119-149.
Call No. F896.444.

Samek, Susan. "Rooting, Uprooting: The West Side."
Chicago History Vol. 27, No. 2 (1998): 26-41.
Call No. Local History Ref F548.1.C465 (2nd floor open shelf).

Schwartz, Steven M. "Strong Medicine."
Chicago History Vol. 28, No. 1 (1999): 4-26.
Call No. Local History Ref F548.1.C465 (2nd floor open shelf).

Skerrett, Ellen. "The Irish of Chicago's Hull-House Neighborhood."
Chicago History Vol. 30, No. 1 (2001): 22-63.
Call No. Local History Ref F548.1.C465 (2nd floor open shelf).

Spirou, Costas. It’s Hardly Sportin’: Stadiums, Neighborhoods and the New Chicago.
Dekalb, Il: Northern Illinois University Press, 2003.
Call No. GV415. S65 2003.

Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull House and Its Neighborhoods, 1889-1963
Website from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Vecoli, Rudolph J. "The Formation of Chicago's 'Little Italies.'"
Journal of American Ethnic History 1983 2(2): 5:20.
Call No. E184.A1 J66.

Walker, Natalie. "Chicago Housing Conditions X: Greeks and Italians in the Neighborhood of Hull House."
The American Journal of Sociology Vol. 21, No. 3. (Nov. 1915), pp. 285-316.
Call No. H 07 .033. Also available in the library through JSTOR.

William P. Wilen, “The Horner Model: Successfully Redeveloping Public Housing”
Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy Vol. 1, No. 1.
Available online.

Images of the people and places in this neighborhood from the CARLI digital collections.