A small part of the lower West Side, the Heart of Italy neighborhood is a tiny sliver of Chicago whose name comes from the Italian restaurants that still linger in the triangle.

The area now is mostly Latino but the Italian immigrant heritage lingers on via local cuisine.

Location: Blue Island Ave to 24th St, near Western and Oakley Aves.

Lower West Side Population (inc. Pilsen): about 36,000
Lower West Side Median Household Income: about $35,000


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