The Stockyards

Back of the Yards

Soon after the first meatpacking plants opened up, workers' cottages and tenement housing were built in the area around the Chicago Union Stock Yards. Bordered by Pershing Road (39th Street), Garfield Boulevard (55th Street), Racine Avenue, and Western Avenue, the neighborhood grew over the years and eventually became known as Back of the Yards.

Two women in the ethnically diverse Back of the Yards neighborhood, 1904.
(CHS DN-960)

Just as the Irish and Germans were among the first to work in the stockyards, so too were they the first to inhabit this neighborhood. Bohemians, Poles, Slavs, Lithuanians, Russians, Ukrainians, African Americans, and Mexicans followed suit with each ethnic group settling in a different area of the neighborhood. Although language barriers and customs separated these groups, Back of the Yards residents shared two common characteristics: stockyard employment and a strong sense of ethnic identity.

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