Your Chicago Immigrant Stories

The First Chicago Winter

October 20, 2021

Story by Janel Carbonell McGrath My parents came over in the early 80s from the Philippines during the time when…

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Chicago Immigrant Stories III at Wilson Abbey

October 6, 2021

.. Featured Artists: Mini-Interviews . Geraldo De Oliveira Q: What is your name? Where were you born? What instrument(s) do…

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A 500-Year-Old Favorite

October 4, 2021

Story by Jordan Mandela I am of mixed ethnicity, 50% of which is Mexican. However, I did not grow up…

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Grandma’s Kartoffelgratin

September 20, 2021

Story by Rhapsody Snyder My family story isn’t one that directly relates to Chicago or one that happened even within…

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A taste of Ecuador

September 13, 2021

Story by Steve Yepez My parents arrived in New York City from Ecuador in 1968. They worked very hard in…

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A Doctor and a Café

August 13, 2021

Story by PiniPico Brazilian Café Conveniently located in Chicago’s vibrant Gold Coast neighborhood, PiniPico Brazilian Café opened in May 2020.…

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Federacion de Clubes Unidos Zacatecanos en Illinois

July 19, 2021

Story by Jorge Salinas During WW2, my grandparents would come all the way from Zacatecas, Mexico to work the factories…

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From Thailand to the “Hog Capital of the World”

May 23, 2021

story by Birdie Soti I am first generation Thai American.  My parents came to the USA in the early 1970’s…

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Savory Bulgarian Pastry Recipe

April 26, 2021

Story by Maximilian Mihaylov My parents are immigrants from Bulgaria, and my sister and I are first-generation Bulgarian Americans. Banitsa-…

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Found Memories – Life on a VHS Panasonic

April 12, 2021

Story by Vedran Residbegovic My sister and I did some spring cleaning this morning and we found my dad’s old…

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