You may ask what type of person lives
in Chicago. The answer is simple: every type. Chicago is
a city of Christians and Jews, Germans and Italians,
Africans and Native Americans, Irish and Asians. Chicago
has everyone. Chicago is a major city filled with many
heritages and religions from all over the
The Irish were one of the first big
groups to come to Chicago. In Ireland, a potato famine
from 1845 to 1850 had hit, and people were dying from a
lack of food. Many Irish left their homes and came to the
United States where many wound up in Chicago. There are
still many people in Chicago from Irish descent. One of
our mayors, Richard J. Daley, had Irish ancestors. Jane
Byrne, also Irish, was the first woman mayor of
Have you ever decorated a Christmas
tree? When the Germans came to Chicago, they brought many
traditions, like decorating your Christmas tree. Before
and after World War II, many Germans came to Chicago.
Some of them opened German restaurants that can still be
Most of the Italian immigrants were
very poor when they arrived in Chicago. They became
laborers, working all day. Many had never gone to school,
and found jobs in factories and stockyards. Originally,
Italians came looking for work; now there are Italians
throughout the Chicagoland area.
Jewish immigrants came in the early
1900s. Now many people of Jewish heritage live all around
Chicago. A large group of them also came after World War
II, seeking religious tolerance to practice their
religion as they wished.
The Asians who arrived in Chicago
included the Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Koreans, and
Pakistanis. The Chinese came in 1840 looking for money in
the form of gold during the California Gold Rush. Many
made money as cooks and servants in wealthy houses. Now
there is a Chinatown where many Chinese live. There, they
celebrate many Chinese traditions from their homeland,
such as the Chinese New Year.
During World War II, many
Japanese-Americans were put into concentration camps even
though they were American citizens. After the war, some
of the Japanese moved to Chicago after being freed from
The Native Americans were the very
first people to live on the land of modern day Chicago.
Once the land became more and more settled, they moved
west. Later, some people of Native American background
came back to the Chicagoland area.
Chicago is a city of many people, many
religions, many backgrounds and heritages. That is why I
think Chicago is a great city.