History & Genealogy of
Cicero Township
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 © Kim Torp

History .....

Located 7 miles West of the Loop and bordered on the north and east by Chicago. It is the suburb nearest to downtown. Created Nov. 6, 1849 it was officially named "Cicero", after a town in New York State, on June 25, 1857 and originally contained 36 square miles. Berwyn and Oak Park were formed from Cicero and more than half of it was given to Chicago, making the current size now only 5 3/4 miles. Ogden Avenue, a former Indian trail, was one of the early thoroughfares through Cicero. The first homesteaders in the town settled on the highest and driest part of Cicero (now Oak Park). Other families settled along Ogden Avenue, Lake Street, and Cermak Road (22nd Street).

Western Electric established a telephone equipment manufacturing plant in Cicero in 1904 employing more than 20,000 people, a number that dwarfed the population of Cicero, which was only 14,557 in 1910. Cicero's population more than quadrupled over the next 20 years, with the majority of newcomers Eastern European immigrants. .... Cicero's position at the edge of Chicago attracted criminal elements wishing to evade Chicago's law enforcement agencies. In the mid to late 1920s, the gangster Al Capone established his headquarters in Cicero.... Cicero Field was one of Chicago's earliest airfields. [Read more Cicero history at http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/287.html]

Online Data .....

1880 Mortality Index


Cicero Public Library - Main Library
5225 W Cermak Rd
Cicero, IL 60804
(708) 652-8084

Cicero Public Library - South Branch
5444 W 34th St
Cicero, IL (708) 863-8440

Newspapers .....

Czech American Heritage Ctr 2340 S 61st Ave Cicero, IL (708) 656-1050
El Dia 6013 W 26th St Cicero, IL (708) 652-6397
El Manana Daily Newspaper 6140 W Cermak Rd Cicero, IL (708) 652-5841
Lawndale News Noticiero Biling 5416 W 25th St Cicero, IL (708) 656-6400

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