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Little Village

Little Village

Known by its residents as the “ Mexico of the Midwest,” Little Village, officially a part of the South Lawndale Community Area, has over the past 35 years joined Pilsen as a point of entry for Latino immigrants to Chicago. A gateway on 26th Street proclaims “Bienvenidos a Little Village.” Neighborhood organizations like the United Neighborhood Organization have sought to curb gang violence and foster a sense of community solidarity. Little Village hosts the largest annual Latino parade in Chicago, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators each September.

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Padilla, Felix M. Latino Ethnic Consciousness: The Case of Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans in Chicago. 1985.