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Little Village

In the 1970s, Little Village, or La Villita, became home to a growing Latino population as many Mexican and Mexican-Americans moved west from Pilsen, Chicago ’s principal port-of-entry for Mexican immigrants. La Villita has gained more than 37,000 residents since 1960 to reach 98,551 in the 2010 census.

Mexicans from all over the Midwest visit Little Village’s vibrant 26th Street retail district for the kinds of products they would find in Mexico. Home to many restaurants that serve the right mix of authentic Mexican food in a festive setting, La Villita is quickly becoming a tourist destination for non-Latinos as well. Though traffic along these streets has increased tremendously, most residents appreciate the business and are interested in keeping the dollars in their community.

The lead agency in Little Village is Enlace Chicago. See the 2005 Quality-of-Life Plan.

Little Village Community Area


Population (2010) 98,551 down 1% from 2000
Racial/ethnic makeup (2010) 88% Latino, 5% white, 4% African American  


Total occupied units (2010) 20,450 down 4% from 2000
Owned housing units (2010) 8,871 up 7% since 2000


Median household income (2010) $41,633 up 24% from 2000
Percentage above $50,000 (2010) 39% 18% above $75,000
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