Berwyn, Illinois Website Design, Development and Search Engine Optimization.
Over the years, Berwyn’s reputation as a solid, and perhaps stolid, middle-class community has given it a somewhat less-than-trendy reputation. (Local television personality Rich Koz, as honor-show host Svengoolie, has been tweaking “BER-wyn” for years, as did the original Sven, Jerry G. Bishop.) And, as everybody knows, Cicero is home to a couple of race tracks and a seemingly inherent tradition of political corruption dating back to the 1920s when Al Capone ran speaks and brothels and rigged elections here. (More recent headlines seem to imply that in Cicero, this sort of history has a tendency to repeat itself.)
But a closer look at the town reveals a lot more than bungalows, bowling, and babushkas. In fact, the area’s history is reflective of Chicago’s rich immigrant tradition and the fulfillment of the American dream.
The Cicero-Berwyn area is steeped in a rich cultural brew that reflects the evolution of Chicago and its suburbs of both the past and the present. Perhaps because of its location at the far western borders of Chicago proper, the Cicero-Berwyn area has always been the “gateway to the Western Suburbs” and home to many of Chicagoland’s hard-working blue-collar immigrants; their children, and grandchildren. The tradition started with the Slovaks and Bohemians, many of whom moved from Chicago’s Pilsen area to work at the old Western Electric Hawthorne Works in Cicero, once the neighborhood anchor at the corner of Cermak and Laramie. They were followed in the ’50s and early ’60s by Italian families, displaced from Chicago’s Little Italy on Taylor Street with the construction of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most recently, Hispanics are finding Cicero and Berwyn good places to call home. All these families who have migrated from Chicago to this old-time bedroom community have one thing in common—the determination to find a plot of land they can call their own. Today, more than 45,000 people call Berwyn home.
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