Cartographers recognize over 200 neighborhoods in the city. These are further broken down to 77 community areas. While the ethnic makeup of these neighborhoods have changed over time the architecture, churches and businesses still reflect the original settlers.
As a result of the melding of people and institutions many ethnic groups have created cultural centers to preserve and identify their heritage. Often these centers are located in the original location in which this ethnic group settled.
Anyone driving on the Stevenson Expressway, I-55, will see signs for the Lithuanian World Center in Westmont and the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago.
Below is a list of some of the lesser known, but equally important cultural centers that reflect the diversity of Chicagoland. They are listed in no particular order of importance.