Far Southeast Side
Steel Mills formed the backbone of Hegewisch’s economic development since its annexation to Chicago in 1889. During the heart of the Industrial Revolution, there were many attempts to organize employees to improve the poor conditions in the steel mills, resulting in a number of strikes, some resulting in violence.
The most famous of these outbreaks is now known as the Memorial Day Massacre when off-duty police officers hired by Republic Steel opened fire on the nonviolent demonstrators, killing ten and injuring hundreds more. After World War II, steel manufacturing took a major decline across the U.S., causing many to move out of Hegewisch.
However, the residents came up with creative ways to counteract the loss of one industry by focusing their efforts on renewal projects. They lobbied for a Metra stop, a branch of the Chicago Public Library, and a large block grant for infrastructure repairs. Currently, the residents of Hegewisch are employed by various industries, including DMC, a major Midwest distributor of Ford automobiles, and nearby Indiana casinos.
While we have opportunity, let us do good to all men. - Galatians 6:10
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig