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Do street fairs reflect Chicago’s racial divide?

by Joe Zekas on 6/2/14

If all you knew about Chicago’s demographic and racial mix is what you saw at your local street fair, would you have an accurate picture of Chicago or a distorted one? Does Chicago’s vaunted diversity disappear at the neighborhood level?

The crowds I saw at Saturday’s Do Division and Millennium Art street fests appeared to be more than 97% non-Latino whites.

It’s difficult to find any material on the web that doesn’t refer to Wicker Park’s “diversity.”

At the 79th Street Renaissance Festival several years ago there were almost no white faces among the 1,000s of attendees and exhibitors.

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