Italian American History Discovered in Building


Thanks to the work of an urban archeologist, the life of a city's first Italian importer is revealed in treasures found.

This article, written by Paul Biasco, appears on DNA Info.

Amazing History Of City’s 1st Italian Importer Found In Teardown Building

No one would have guessed that the third floor of an unassuming brick building near Grand Avenue and Halsted Street had preserved a moment in time connecting the neighborhood’s Italian roots to the present.

The building being torn down at 710 W. Grand Ave. was once the home of what might have been Chicago’s oldest Italian importer: the Vincenzo Forumusa Co., which still stocks city grocery shelves under a new name.

Piecing together the remnants left in the River West building provides a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1890s. Read more at DNA Info…

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