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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME Purpose of Training Give an introduction to the purpose and work of the Institute for Latino Studies.

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Purpose of Training

  • Give an introduction to the purpose and work of the Institute for Latino Studies.

  • Provide an orientation on the Chicago Fact Finder, a searchable database containing Census information for Chicago, the Chicago community area, select Cook County municipalities, and surrounding counties.

  • Highlight links to other publications and websites that contain information about the Latino community.

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The Institute for Latino Studies, in keeping with the distinctive mission, values, and traditions of the University of Notre Dame, promotes understanding and appreciation of the social, cultural, and religious life of U.S. Latinos through advancing research, expanding knowledge, and strengthening community.

Visit our web site for more information about:

  • Our research projects;

  • Institute publications (with PDFs);

  • Latino studies course at Notre Dame;

  • Institute-sponsored activities, events, and exhibits;

  • The units and people of the Institute.

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The Metropolitan Chicago Initiative’s mission is to enhance vibrant and socially just communities by developing policy relevant research, cultivating partnerships, and expanding knowledge of Chicagoland’s Latinos.

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Metropolitan Chicago Initiative

Improve Local Community

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Community Capacity-Building

  • Informed by research, MCI will contribute to the quality of community life in Berwyn/Cicero by:

    • Promoting overall health and well-being;

    • Developing pathways to greater educational opportunities;

    • Enhancing the livability and quality of life;

    • Promoting economic development and redevelopment

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Education Initiatives To improve status of Latino children and adults in community

  • Cicero Education Taskforce

  • Cicero Youth Taskforce

  • Berwyn/Cicero Early Childhood Education Taskforce

  • E-Plazas Adult Education Initiative targeted to Mexican Immigrants

  • Convene ILS Education Advisory Committee

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Recent Publications

  • “Latino Demographic Growth in Metropolitan Chicago” (1.9MB)

    • Rob Paral, Timothy Ready, Sung Chun, Wei Sun

    • December, 2004

  • “Strategies for Success: Cicero Education Forum Summary” (1.24MB)

    • March, 2004

  • “In Search of Economic Parity: The Mexican Labor Force in Chicago” (918k)

    • John Koval

    • March, 2004

  • “Cicero Youth Task Force Action Priorities”

    • January, 2005

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ResearchConduct Policy Relevant Research

  • Census Analysis

  • Governance Structure of Berwyn & Cicero

  • Morton East High School – Math Curriculum Evaluation

  • Chicago Area Survey

    • Focus Groups

    • Six Policy Briefs

    • Berwyn/Cicero Analysis

  • Closing the Minority Education Achievement Gap

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Research in Progress

  • Chicago Congregational Survey

  • Comparative Study of Civic and Place Engagement in Pilsen and two other Latino communities - National Science Foundation

  • Bi-national Study of Mexican Migrants to Chicago - SEDESOL

  • Northern American Transnational Communities: Immigrant Organizations Project - The Rockefeller Foundation

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Chicago Fact Finder was funded by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust. For more information please visit the Metropolitan Chicago Initiative’s section of the Institute for Latino Studies’ website at or email

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What Kinds of Information Can You Get from Chicago Fact Finder that You Cannot Easily Find Elsewhere?

  • Information on each of Chicago’s 77 Community Areas

  • Disaggregated data by race and ethnicity for local community areas, Chicago, and the 6 county metro area

  • Institute for Latino Studies’ reports on Latinos in metro Chicago and nationwide

  • Easy access to other databases, including those specializing in health and education data for metro Chicago

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Outline of Website Content

  • The changing face of Chicagoland communities

  • Using Chicago Fact Finder

  • Technical notes and definitions

  • Links

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The Changing Face of Chicagoland Communities

  • Overview of demographic changes in metro Chicago

  • Power Point presentations with information on the status of racial and ethnic groups in Chicago, Cook County and the 6-County metro area

  • Access to Institute for Latino Studies reports and papers on Latinos in metro Chicago

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Using Chicago Fact Finder

  • How is it organized?

    • By geographic area:

      • 77 community areas of Chicago

      • 59 towns and villages of suburban Cook County with 10,000 or more Latinos.

      • City of Chicago as a whole

      • Six Chicagoland counties: Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Will, Kane, and Lake

  • For each community, data are provided in user-defined tables under the following categories:

    • General Population Data

    • Children’s data

    • Education

    • Language

    • Income

    • Labor Force and Industry

    • Housing

    • Immigration

  • You then can examine how persons of different racial and ethnic groups compare on several indicators in each of these categories, as well as any trends that might be apparent by juxtaposing data from 1990 and 2000.

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Geographic Areas

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Chicagoland and surrounding counties

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59 Villages of Cook County*

*With population of 10,000 or more Latinos

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Explanation of “Data Submissions”

  • Choose Data Category

  • Choose Data Set (Table)

  • Choose Race/Ethnicity

  • Choose Year(s)

  • Hit Submit

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Data Categories

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Data Sets for Population Category

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Data Sets for Language Category

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Data Sets for Children Category

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Data Sets for Education Category

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Data Sets for Households Category

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Data Sets for Income and Poverty Category

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Data Sets for Labor Force and Industry Category

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Data Sets for Citizenship and Immigration Category

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Race/Ethnicity Choices

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Year Choices

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Technical notes and definitions available on Chicago Fact Finder

  • Definitions

  • Geographic Areas

  • Racial/Ethnic Categories

  • Data Sources

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Summary PowerPoint presentations available on Chicago Fact Finder*

  • Series: Social Indicators for Racial and Ethnic Group

  • Chicago City (560k)

  • Chicago Suburbs (577k)

  • Cook County (246k)

  • Six-County Metropolitan Area (380k)

*All presentations and reports © Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame

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Links to other ILS publications and IUPLR information




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25 Largest Latino Places in Metro Chicago: 2000*

Data from “Latino Demographic Growth in Metropolitan Chicago.” Paral, R., Ready, T., Chun, S., Sun, W.

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Percentage of Metro Chicago Latino Children & Adults Who Are Foreign Born, 2000Most Adults Foreign Born

Analysis by University of Notre Dame, Institute for Latino Studies

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Links available on Chicago Fact Finder

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Links (continued)

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Additional questions?


Tim Ready:

  • Director of Research

    Sylvia Puente:

  • Director of the Metropolitan Chicago Initiative

    Jen Laware:

  • Research Support Analyst

    Heather Minihan:

  • Project Coordinator of the Metropolitan Chicago Initiative

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