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Hermosa is a working-class neighborhood on the Northwest Side that grew with the arrival of streetcar service and new factory jobs. Many skilled workers from Scotland, Germany and Sweden settled here, including Walt Disney's father, who built a cottage at Tripp and Palmer Streets in 1893. The southern area near Armitage and Fullerton developed first, and in the 1920s the north end of Hermosa filled in with bungalows (in 2018, this area was granted historic bungalow district landmark protections). By the 1930s, Hermosa’s population grew to near what it is today, around 25,000. In the 1980s, Latinx residents became the majority, with many nationalities and dialects represented. The neighborhood boasts three popular parks and a high-quality housing stock largely unchanged from 100 years ago.

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