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Near West Side is a neighborhood of Chicago.
The community is bounded by the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Chicago River, and 16th Street.
In the 1830s, the city's first African American enclave started here.

After the Fire of 1871, hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans sought safe haven in the area.

At the end of the 19th century, Jane Addams opened Hull House.

Beginning in the 1930s, the area began to attract large number of Mexicans and African-Americans.

Local festivals include:
  • Taste of Randolph Street - June 15-17, 2007
  • Chicago Reggae Festival - Aug. 18, 2007
Dates often change. Check Near West Side web sites and events links in the sections below.
Near West Side attractions: United Center
Historic sites and museums: Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Illinois at Chicago

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