Armenians in Chicago, IL
Early Days: Armenias began arriving in Chicago in the mid-1800s and by 1895 approximately 300 Armenian immigrants lived in the Chicago area. The reasons for the migration to Chicago was typical of Armenian migration to other parts of the US at the time: many were either students with the intention of studying at the universities or were there for the abundant job market. As with the rest of the Armenian immigrants in the US at the time, many were from Eastern Turkey (aka Western Armenia), and most had intentions of returning back home after a few years. For various reasons, including the Armenian Genocide of 1915, most did not return home, but stayed in America and created new lives and families.