About South Lawndale
South Lawndale was originally settled by Germans and Czechs following the Chicago Fire of 1871. Later groups of Poles and Hispanics came in seeking employment opportunities. This working community was hit hard with economic downslides in the late 1960s.
As jobs in the industrial sector disappeared, residents sought work in the service and public sectors. By 2000, eighty-three percent of the population was Hispanic, half of which were foreign-born.
About forty percent of the total population is under twenty years of age; this has led to overcrowded public schools. The community also struggles with gang activity in the area.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
“Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide” by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American