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Chicago Communities & Neighborhoods

In 1920, the University of Chicago Local Community Research Committee and the Chicago's Department of Public Health collaborated to  produce a map with 75 community areas, into which 935 census tracts were distributed. They wanted consistent areas based on physical barriers such as rivers, parks, and railroads (and) to analyze information gathered by the Census Bureau and local birth and death rates. With minor changes, this "Community Area Map" is still in use today.

For more information, see the Encyclopedia of Chicago History (Newberry Library).

Chicago Communities Map