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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.

Chicago 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

Library Catalogs

Look in the following catalogs for government publications, books, videos, Internet sites, maps, and other types of audiovisual items:

Ask a Librarian for Help

Reference Works

Some appropriate reference books are also included with each section of Internet sites listed below.

Article Indexes and Databases

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Internet Sites

* Chicago Community and Culture.

* Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. (Lots of statistics)

* Chicago Neighborhood Tours.

* The Chicago Urban League.

* New Communities.org. Contains a variety of information about Chicago neighborhoods.



* Census 2000: Summary Tables of Social, Economic, & Housing Data for the 77 Community Areas in the City of Chicago (August 20, 2002) Summary File SF3

* Census 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

* Chicago 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.

* Demographia - Chicago.

* 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 .

Evaluating Web Sites

Interlibrary Loan

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.

Citing Sources

Reference Desk:  630-942-3364
Dan Blewett, Reference Librarian
(630) 942-2279
Office: SRC 3033
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