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Hegewisch Commerce
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Hegewisch Commerce

      The "town" of Hegewisch grew up around the original shopping district located along Baltimore and Brandon Avenues between 132nd and 135th Streets.  It remains as the primary commercial district in the neighborhood.  Local residents did their day to day shopping in this area.  However when they needed large scale purchases they went "Downtown".  But to Hegewisch "Downtown" meant Hammond where there were several large department stores including a Goldblatts and a Minas Store.  It was easier for Hegwisch residents to get to downtown Hammond than to South Chicago where most southeast side residents did their major shopping or to downtown Chicago. 

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Hegewisch Commerce

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