Chicago has a long tradition of being culturally diverse, and that tradition continues to evolve today.
The Metro Chicago Immigration Fact Book reports that the Chicagoland area added 1.4 million immigrants in the past decade, with the largest groups arriving from Mexico (14%), Poland (10%), India (9%), Korea (7%), Philippines (6%), Iraq (4%), Romania (3%), China (3%), Ukraine (3%) and Germany (3%).
“In Chicago, we are very fortunate to have a constant flow of new cultures into our city,” says Teresa McCauley-Coleman, a broker associate with City Net Realty, who does a great deal of business in the landmark district of Ukranian Village. “We have multi-generational communities as well. Condos help successive generations to continue participating in their community, as well as stay or move to another community to share their cultural traditions.”
Property managers and boards can do a lot to cultivate and maintain a strong sense of community in a condo or association as demographics change over time, whether the shift is generational, ethnic, or socioeconomic. This includes everything from acknowledging holidays, being sensitive to different cultures, and working to improve everyday communication and interaction among all residents.
“I live on the west side of Chicago in a very diverse area," says Mabel Guzman, president of the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR), "and I expect diversity in the city. Condos allow access to all—if you can pay for your assessment, you can live here. People need to work on getting along and embracing the diversity that we share.”