Home to beautiful parks, thriving businesses and family-oriented residents, Hermosa prides itself in maintaining a safe and diverse Chicago neighborhood with loads of recreation for a fun-filled lifestyle. Part of the enjoyment of residing in Hermosa, is the delicious assortment of restaurants at your fingertips. Head out your front door and take your pick of flavors, from Cantonese cuisine to thin crust pizza pie. However, as its Spanish name implies, Hermosa is also a haven for mouthwatering south-of-the-border fare. Stop by the corner taqueria for a quick bite, or dine in on fresh ceviche and homemade tostadas. Nightlife in Hermosa is fairly low-key, but there are a handful of bars that serve up spirits. The shopping scene in Hermosa is also pretty impressive with a handful of clothing and shoe stores, a neighborhood hardware stop, and even Home Depot, for the bigger home improvement jobs.
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Anyone who has taken first-year Spanish probably learned right away the word hermosa means 'beautiful.' Well, with the Spanish definition in mind, it is certainly a fitting name for this northwest side neighborhood that is full of greenery, children playing in park areas, and bungalow-style homes that are unique and distinct.
Hermosa first began as a mostly Swedish neighborhood that grew when a surge of immigrants (mainly Hispanic), came there to live. Influenced by the largely Latino population, the area was named Hermosa when the city of Chicago annexed it in 1889.
Evolving from hard times and lack of business development during the 1990s, Hermosa has since prospered to become a community with a booming population that emphasizes kinship. It was only recently that Hermosa has turned around to become the safe, family-friendly neighborhood that it is today. A place where Chicagoans can relax, raise their kids and partake in a slew of recreation within walking distance of their front doorstep. Thanks to the locals being persistent in their volunteer work to develop and beautify Hermosa, in addition to neighboring Kelvyn Park and Belmont Gardens, the communities are now home to beautiful parks, thriving businesses and proud residents.