The 2000 census counted nearly 45,000 Arabs in the six-county area, with some of the highest numbers on Chicago’s North and Southwest sides and in the southwest suburbs Bridgeview, Oak Lawn and Burbank. However, estimates from community-based experts put the number at 150,000–”one of the largest concentrations nationwide.

Note: Chicago’s –˜North Side’ includes the Albany Park, Lincoln Square, North Park and West Ridge community areas. Chicago’s –˜Southwest Side’ includes the Ashburn, Chicago Lawn, Gage Park and West Lawn community areas.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau; analyzed by The Chicago Reporter.