and the nearby metropolitan area
are a prominent group within the "Windy City"
whose presence goes back over a hundred years. Today Chicago possesses the largest Lithuanian community
, who have dubbed the city as Little Lithuania
, and many Lithuanian-Americans refer to it as the second capital of Lithuania. Lithuanian-Americans
from Chicago have had a significant impact on politics in both the United States
Lithuanians have been documented as arriving in the US since 1918, when Lithuania re-established its independence
from Imperial Russia
. This is compounded by the fact that, prior to Lithuanian independence, most if not all official documents were written in Russian
. Thousands of Lithuanians have since moved to Chicago, providing a good source of labor for the growing city. The Lithuanian community in Chicago was most famously immortalized by Upton Sinclair
in his 1906
novel about the treatment of workers in the Chicago stock yards
, The Jungle
, whose story revolves around telling the life of a Lithuanian immigrant named Jurgis Rudkus.
The first and most prominent Lithuanian enclave in Chicago was... Read More