North West Side
In the 1880s, Scottish immigrants were the first to settle in the area. German and Scandinavian farmers soon followed. Hermosa continued to grow due to industrial developments. By 1886, a good number of companies were established along the railroads.
Hermosa was eventually annexed to Chicago in 1889, which brought about slow municipal service and street improvements. Growth accelerated when streetcar lines were extended into the community. Hermosa’s population grew between 1980 and 1990, during which ethnic demographics shifted to be more Hispanic in nature.
Crime rates increased during the 1970s. Around 1990, poverty rates were at 17.4 percent and unemployment rates at 10.9 percent. In response, residents came together as block clubs, church groups, and organizations to voice concerns and take action against further deterioration in the neighborhood. These groups worked to combat gang problems and raise concerns about subsidized housing.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig
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