History in University Village
National Landmarks

800 South Halsted Street

Hull House

Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Star co-founded Hull House in 1889 at 800 South Halsted Street.  It was the nation's most influential and best-known settlement house, providing social and educational opportunities for working class people, many of whom were European immigrants.  By 1907, the single mansion was converted into a massive, sprawling 13-building complex.  

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History in University Village
Alumni

1076 West Roosevelt Road

St. Ignatius College Prep

St. Ignatius College Prep at 1076 West Roosevelt Road is a co-educational, Catholic, college preparatory school that was founded in 1870 by Fr. Arnold Damen, a Belgian missionary to the United States.  

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History in University Village
Mobsters

914 South Halsted Street

Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti

Francesco Raffaele Nittoni, later known as Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti, was born in the Salerno province of Italy and emigrated to the United States at the age of 12.  While in Brooklyn, he became a neighborhood friend of Al Capone's older brothers, dropped out of school early, and worked as a pinsetter, factory worker, and barber. 

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Halsted and Taylor Street

Samuzzo Amatuna - Bluebird Cafe

Samuzzo “Samoots” Amatuna was a renowned Chicago mobster who reputedly got his start as a bodyguard for the Genna brothers. 

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