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is a primarily middle class
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neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. One of the 77 official community areas
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of Chicago, it is located on the city's southwest side. The neighborhood is a center of Polish culture, and home of the Polish Highlanders Alliance of North America
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as well as Curie Metropolitan High School
Curie Metropolitan High School is a public 4-year magnet high school located in the Archer Heights neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The school has a Technical, Performing Arts, and International Baccalaureate Programme...
. The Almanac of American Politics 2004
states that "Even today, in Archer Heights you can scarcely go a block without hearing someone speaking Polish
The name Archer Heights comes from the major arterial street
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, Archer Ave.
Archer Avenue, also known as Archer Road outside the Chicago, Illinois city limits, is a diagonal thoroughfare running northeast-to-southwest between Chicago's Chinatown and Lockport, Illinois...
which runs from south of Chicago's downtown
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area through the southwest side of Chicago and beyond into the southwest suburb
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s. The street is built along what was once a Native American
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