When I embarked on learning about my father's paternal line 20 years ago, I sought out existing material on Italians where my great-grandfather and great-grandmother lived the majority of their adult lives. Much has been written over the years about Italian enclaves in the Chicago area: Melrose Park, Bridgeport, Roseland, Chicago Heights, Taylor Street, “Little Sicily,” Near Northside, and the Northwest Side, to name some of the most well-known. Given their humble beginnings, my family remained unnoticed among the more well-known Italian families of Chicago, and I found no information about them or the other Italians who lived on Federal Street. At the time of my initial research about my family, I had no idea a divine serendipity would take me down the paths it has. This never-ending journey has become a passion that drives me forward to obtain new knowledge about my heritage and about all of the Italians...
Chicago's Lost Italian Enclave—4700–5100 S. Federal Street (Armour Avenue)
John Cavallone is a Chicago area genealogist; author of From Sassano to 48th & Federal Street: An Italian Migration at the Turn of the 20th Century and contributing author to Reconstructing Italians in Chicago: 10th Anniversary 2021 Edition and The Sassano Project. (www.sassanochicago.org). He was the proprietor of the Tenth Planet comic bookstores and has served as technology engineer for AVMA in various school districts in Northeast Illinois.
John Cavallone; Chicago's Lost Italian Enclave—4700–5100 S. Federal Street (Armour Avenue). Italian Americana 1 August 2022; XL (2): 126–144. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/2327753X.40.2.04
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