Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL

The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area, referred to as Chicagoland, is a 14 county area, anchored by Chicago, otherwise known as the Windy City.

The Chicago metro area is one of the largest and most populated metropolitan areas in the United States. Not only does Chicago have a large overall population, but it also boasts the fourth largest foreign-born population in the country. The foreign-born population is very diverse with immigrants settling from all over the world.

The largest foreign-born population in Chicago hail from Latin America. There are immigrants from all over the South America and the American Islands, but the majority are from Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The Latin American community has had a large cultural effect in Chicago which is evident in the many Latin American neighborhoods, festivals, and businesses that can be found throughout the city.

Chicago is also home to the second largest European population in the United States. The European communities including Irish, German, Italian, and Polish have had a huge impact on Chicago throughout its history. This is evident in the many European cultural enclaves found throughout downtown Chicago such as Polish Downtown, Little Italy, Greektown, and Germantown.

Chicago is also a destination for many refugees escaping oppressive and war-torn countries. Chicago has one of the largest refugee populations in the United States, the majority of which come from Europe and southeast Asia. For more information on refugees in Chicago, Click Here.

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Total Population: 9,509,934

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 1,694,826
  • Language Spoken at Home - 2,585,693

[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • Has a population greater than the entire country of Sweden.

  • 91.4% of immigrants in Illinois live in the seven-county metropolitan area.

  • Home to the third largest refugee population in the country

  • Home to the second largest European population in the United States behind only New York.

  • Polish Americans make up approximately 6.7% of the population in the greater metro area.

  • Home to more Pole people and Polish speakers than any other American city.

  • Home to the third largest South Asian population in the country.

  • Asians constitute 12.7% of the population in the northwestern suburbs, the majority of which are Chinese, Mandarin, Filipino and Korean.

  • Home to the second largest Mexican-born population in the United States.

  • Home to the largest Lithuanian community outside of their home country of Lithuania.

  • The Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods contain the Largest concentration of Latino's in the Midwest.

  • Home to the second largest population of Bosnian immigrants in the United States behind only St. Louis.

  • Home to one of the largest Assyrian population in the United States, second only to Detroit.


Some might assume that Chicagoland is a metro area of the children and grandchildren of immigrants. In past times, Chicago grew from European immigrants. As time passed, many of these immigrants and their children left behind their old world and the languages of their parents. For instance, at one time the Lawndale area was largely a Jewish neighborhood on the West Side and also a linguistic enclave, where, if anything, English was an exotic tongue. Many immigrant children and their grandchildren, though, now don't speak Yiddish, except for a few words. Nevertheless, a large majority still maintain strong ties to their ethnic identity and adhere to the socio-cultural values of their forefathers. All one needs do is visit their numerous points of interest or attend any of the numerous ethnic festivals to realize that European people groups are still making their mark on Chicagoland. In the past twenty years, though, a new wave of immigrants is making their mark on the area.

It is easy to find these newcomers, from Asian nations and American peoples, spread throughout the area. A few listed above in the "Quick Facts" only touch the numerous people groups now residing in Chicagoland.

People Group Profiles

Displaying 1-25 of 114 results.
PG Name Country Of Birth Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
Punjabi SikhIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesOther Religions - Sikhism11,250
MarathiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism3,500
LuxembourgerLuxembourgEurasian PeoplesNon-Religious1,600
MozambicanMozambiqueSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity - Roman Catholic100
BosniakBosnia and HerzegovinaEurasian PeoplesIslam70,000
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism63,103
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesIslam57,031
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism44,993
Jew, RussianRussiaJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism30,000
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism21,307
Arab, Palestinian (Muslim)IsraelArab WorldIslam21,110
Arab, IraqiIraqArab WorldIslam - Shia17,491
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism16,653
Arab, EgyptianEgyptArab WorldIslam8,276
MongolianMongoliaEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism8,000
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism7,837
Arab, MoroccanMoroccoArab WorldIslam7,021
Jew, IsraeliIsraelJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism5,148
Arab, Jordanian (Muslim)JordanArab WorldIslam5,010
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonArab WorldIslam - Sunni4,453
KannadaIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism3,700
Albanian, ToskAlbaniaEurasian PeoplesIslam - Sunni3,469
MalianMaliSub-Saharan AfricanIslam - Sunni3,000

Ethnic Links

Midwest Weekends - a listing of ethnic festivals held throughout the Midwest United States, including those in the Chicago Metro Area.

Chicago Sister Cities International - international festivals and other events held within Chicagoland.

Chicago Chinatown- anything and every you want to know about Chicago's largest ethnic enclave.

Demographics in Chicago- a great place to learn about the demographic layout of Chicago.

World Relief Chicago- a great place to find information on refugees in Chicago.