Chicago Neighborhoods Research Guide
Chicago is a huge and ethnically diverse city that has long been
divided into many diverse neighborhoods, which are officially
known as Chicago Community Areas (CCA). These all have numbers
assigned to them by the city government, although they are not
mentioned in journal or news articles. So you need to know the
number of the community area in order to do effective research
in many databases and reference publications. To find out where
ethnic groups are concentrated, look in The Ethnic Handbook,
located in the Reference Collection at F 548.9 .A 1 E 87 1996.
Community Areas by CCA number, with map.
Chicago Neighborhood Map . Hung in the Reference Collection.
You will also want to vist these institutions, as they have a variety of materials on Chicago
The Chicago History Museum
The Chicago Public Library, especially their Neighborhood History Research Collections.
The Newberry Library, especially their Neighborhood History Research Guide to their collections.
The University of Illinois at Chicago Daley Library, especially the Special Collections Department
Look in the following catalogs for government publications, books,
videos, Internet sites, maps, and other types of audiovisual items:
Some appropriate reference books are also included with each
section of Internet sites listed below.
- Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide. Reference F 548.18 .K 43 2008
- The Encyclopedia of Chicago. Reference F 548.3 .E 53 2004
- The Ethnic Handbook: A Guide to the Cultures and Traditions
of Chicago's Diverse Communities. Reference F 548.9 .A 1
E 87 1996.
Jargon: A Multilingual Glossary.
- The Ultimate 2000 Directory of Ethnic Organizations, Ethnic
Media and Scholars, for the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Reference
F 548.9 .A 1 U 5.
Article Indexes and Databases
You must have a valid College of DuPage library
card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.
Community and Culture.
* Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. (Lots of statistics)
* The Chicago Urban
* New Communities.org. Contains a variety of information about Chicago neighborhoods.
2000: Summary Tables of Social, Economic, & Housing Data for the
77 Community Areas in the City of Chicago (August 20, 2002) Summary
2000 General Profiles for the 77 Chicago Community Areas from
Summary File 1 (January 15, 2002).
Chicago Area Geographic Information Study (CAGIS)
* Chicago Census Facts Online.
* Chicago City Data Portal
City Factbook Demographics.
* Chicago Data Guy.
* Chicago Police Crime Statistics.
* Chciago Region Fact Finder Census Information (University of Notre Dame, Institute for Latino Studies)
* Community Statistics by Zip Code.
* EveryBlock Chicago. Detailed statistics for very small geographic areas.
* Guide to Administrative Data Sources for Neighborhood Indicators. (Urban Institute, 2007)
* Historical Statistics of the United States. Reference HA 202 H 57 2006
* Local Community Fact Book : Chicago Metropolitan Area :
Based on the 1970 and 1980 Censuses. Call no: General Collections HA 730 .C 5 L 63 1984.
* PL 94-171
Chicago Community Area (CCA) Profiles (Census 2000)
* SNAPS. From the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Snapshots of various Demographic Census data by zip code.
* Statistical Abstract of the United States. Ready Reference and General HA 202 .U 5 S 93.
Maps and Atlases
* Chicago and the Region, old maps.
* Chicago Landmarks.
Chicago 1990 Census Maps.
* Chicagoland 6-County Atlas. Reference Desk G 1049 .C
5 A 6.
This has very detailed maps of the Chicago Metro region.
Digital Atlas of Chicago and Cook County
Government Maps of Chicago in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s
Historical Chicago Maps from the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection.
Sanborn Frie Insurance Historical Atlas for Illinois .
The College of DuPage Library Geography Research Guide
- Mapquest (online street
- There is a very detailed map of the Chicago region back in
the Philanthropy Center alcove, under the main stairs. There
is also a very colorful map of Chicago's neighborhoods on the
wall by the Atlas stands. The guidebook for this map is found
at the Reference Desk under the call number: G 4104 .C 6 F 7
2001 .L 9.
Evaluating Web Sites
The Library can obtain copies of articles or books from other libraries
for you. Inquire at the Reference Desk. You may also consult journal
title lists from other libraries in the area.
Dan Blewett, Reference Librarian
Office: SRC 3033