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Home to a thriving retail district with over 1,000 businesses, Little Village is the heart of Chicago’s Mexican community.  Originally a Bohemian neighborhood, Little Village is now the largest Mexican community in the Midwest.  The current residents of the neighborhood are proud of their rich legacy of fighting for social and economic justice.  One enduring symbol of this activism is the Little Village Lawndale High School Campus, which was the result of neighborhood mothers going on a hunger strike to fight for a new community school.





In 2012, CAF in partnership with Enlace and Little Village North Lawndale High School, held a six week after-school program where students worked with professional mentors to examine the design and construction of their own high school. Please contact Krisann at krehbein@architecture.org for information on programs in Little Village.




Neighborhood Voices is supported in part by the Chicago Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works, Northern Trust Charitable Trust, Illinois Humanities Council and a generous donation in memory of Ted Peterson, chairman of the board of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 1994-1995.



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