Calumet City is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 37,042 at the 2010 census, a decline of 5.2% from 2000. The ZIP code is 60409.
Calumet City (commonly referred to locally as "Cal City") was founded in 1892 when the villages of Schrumville and Sobieski Park merged under the name of West Hammond, since it lies on the west side of the Illinois-Indiana border from Hammond, Indiana. In 1924, West Hammond officially changed its name to Calumet City.
In addition to being bordered to the east by Hammond, it is also bordered by Burnham and Chicago to the north, Lansing to the south, and South Holland and Dolton to the west.
With the onset of prohibition in 1919, West Hammond/Calumet City quickly became known for something other than its patriotism. Bootleggers found local officials and police willing to turn a blind eye, and the town became a magnet for speakeasies, gambling, and prostitution. A multitude of illegal nightclubs sprang up throughout the town, and were particularly concentrated on a stretch of State Street that quickly became known regionally and, eventually, nationally as "The Strip," just as Calumet City was dubbed the original American "Sin City."
With the repeal of the Volstead Act and the return of legal liquor in 1933, Calumet City's speakeasies converted into lawful nightclubs, many of them owned or influenced by organized crime elements from Chicago (including Al Capone, who owned a "getaway" home in Calumet City). Clubs, saloons and taverns continued to prosper in Calumet City, and a new record was set when it was determined that the town had more liquor licenses per capita than any other community in the nation. Many of the clubs featured Las Vegas-style showgirl revues, as well as such marquee talent as Frank Sinatra, Sophie Tucker, Keith Speaks, and Gypsy Rose Lee. Life magazine dubbed the town the "Barbary Coast of the Midwest".
By the 1960s, shadier elements had moved in to control the town's bars, gambling, narcotics and prostitution rings when the federal government began cracking down on the large crime families, breaking up their illicit holdings and sending mob bosses to prison. In the following decades, Calumet City's Strip was no longer seen as a sort of "Northern Las Vegas," but instead was infamous as a place to acquire drugs and prostitutes, and as home to a string of seedy bars that were a shadow of the nightclubs that had once reigned there.
The median income for a household in the city was $38,902, and the median income for a family was $45,998. Males had a median income of $37,231 versus $30,555 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,123. About 9.8% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Ahmad Hair Design - Category: Black Hair Salons - 610 Torrence Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409 (708) 832-9010
At Last Hair Studio & Spa - Category: Black Hair Salons - 370 Prairie Ave
Calumet City, IL 60409
Braids by Shade - Category: Black Hair Salons - 1573 Sibley Boulevard
Calumet City, IL 60409 (708) 730-0495
J C Penney Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 200 River Oaks Center Drive
Calumet City, IL 60409 (708) 868-0535
Machy African Hair Braiding & Weaving - Category: Black Hair Salons - 1614 Sibley Boulevard Calumet City, IL 60409 (708) 891-7667
Machy Gallery - Category: Black Hair Salons - 566 Torrence Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409-3217 (708) 891-7667
Senegal Hair Braiding - Category: Black Hair Salons - 1950 Pulaski Road
Calumet City, IL 60409 (708) 862-3474
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Price's Southern Soul Food - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 121 State Street, Calumet City, IL 60409-2717 (708) 868-7685
Rib B Ribs With Soul Food Sides Carryout - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 1761 River Oaks Drive Calumet City, IL 60409-5003 (708) 862-5742 - (visit website)
Supreme Hoagies & Wings - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Supreme Hoagies & Wings provides an extensive soul food menu to the surrounding Calumet City, IL area. - (708) 933-0532 to place a takeout order.
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