Best of East Side & South Chicago 2022

In the twentieth century, the U.S. Steel South Works manufacturing plant was the heart of economic activity on the Southeast Side

employing about 15,000 people and developing commercial routes to satisfy the demands of the dynamic neighbourhood

In 1992, the South Works site was closed.

The pillars that used to store steel ore are still standing today as reminders of its thriving past.

However, despite the fact that steel mills and industry have played a major role in shaping the Southeast Side's identity,

The record of this past has been reproduced over and over in community debates.

The Southeast Side's greatest asset is its sense of community

From Eastern European immigration to Mexican roots planted in the 1920s