American Experience
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Immigrants
1,277,341

20%

Poland

13%

Germany

11%

Italy

8%

USSR

7%

Ireland

41%

Others

Italy
Many Italian immigrants that came to Chicago in the early part of the 20th century were men who planned to work for a number of years before returning to Italy. Those who ended up staying formed the largest ethnic group in the Near West Side neighborhoods by the 1920s. The area around Taylor Street is Chicago's Little Italy.