Bosnians in Chicago

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The city of Chicago, Illinois, includes a large Bosnian population. The largest concentration of Bosnians in Chicago lives on the North Side.


The first Bosnians settled in Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, joining other immigrants seeking better opportunities and better lives. As the former Yugoslavia continued to find its identity as a nation over the last century, the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina sought stability and new beginnings in the city of Chicago, with many intending to return to their homeland. Today, as many as 70,000 Bosnians and their descendants live in the Chicago area, representing different faiths, backgrounds, and motivations for making America their new home.[citation needed]

The largest wave of Bosnians came during the Bosnian War. An estimated 40,000 Bosnians have settled in the city as refugees.


There are approximately 70,000 Bosnians in Chicago. 40,000 Of them came as refugees during the 1990s and early 2000s.[1]


Most Bosnians in Chicago are Muslims. Bosnian immigrants during the early 1900s established the first mosque in the city.[2]

Bosnian Muslims were early leaders in the establishment of Chicago’s Muslim community. In 1906, they established Dzemijetul Hajrije (The Benevolent Society) of Illinois to preserve the community’s religious and national traditions as well as to provide mutual assistance for funerals and illness. The organization established chapters in Gary, Indiana, in 1913, and Butte, Montana, in 1916, and is the oldest existing Muslim organization in the United States.

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  • Puskar, Samira. Bosnian Americans of Chicagoland, Arcadia Publishing, 2007.


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