Friends Yolanda Velazquez and Melissa Hernandez (left to right) take advantage of a sunny day to work out at the neighborhood's largest park, the 56-acre Riis Park. Credit: Photo by Max Herman

The Belmont Cragin community on Chicago’s Northwest Side exemplifies the ethnic shifts that have swept across the city in recent decades. Once largely Polish, Belmont Cragin is now known for its large Latino population. The newer residents have been transforming the neighborhood–including its businesses–bringing their own identity, needs and traditions.


Max Herman is a freelance photographer based in Chicago.

Stacey is a photojournalism fellow at The Chicago Reporter.

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