Casa Central

1349 N California Ave Chicago

Humboldt Park/Casa Central
Chicago Cultural Alliance
Written By Chicago Cultural Alliance

Pioneering authentic and thought-provoking programs that connect, support and promote a more diverse and inclusive Chicago.

By the early 50s, Chicago had become a major hub for domestic, garment, and steel workers.

1.5 million Puerto Ricans came to the United States between 1946 and 1966 in the largest airborne migration of a population in the 20th century.

Many Puerto Rican families originally settled in Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Old Town neighborhoods, but were pushed westward when Urban Renewal programs and gentrification pushed the community to the Humboldt Park area.

Casa Central opened in 1954 and has become the largest Hispanic social service agency in the Midwest. It offers elder and child care, in addition to other services for the whole family.

Cover photo credit livingwithpaz via Instagram.

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