Great piece from my favorite publication for the brainy and curious- “How Chicago’s Neighborhoods Got Their Names” -from Mental Floss.


This town is known for its neighborhoods. For better or worse, this massive city is incredibly dependent on the character of its hyper-local communities- microclimates of social/cultural/economic factors which weave together to form the distinct personality that can only be Chicago.

It’s a mix of countless stories, many over a hundred years old and each of them alive today. Neighborhoods defined by the people that build them, born and shaped by distinct individuals who call this city “Home.”

(Check out an even more detailed history of one of Chicago’s most prominent neighborhoods- Wicker Park – at the Chamber website *Here ! )