Located on the southwest side of Chicago, Back of the Yards is an industrial and residential neighborhood, and is home to one of the oldest still-functioning community organizations in the United States.
Founded in 1939, the Back of the Yard Neighborhood Council offers residents a variety of free social and economic programs, including after-school tutoring, a senior citizen shuttle bus, employment placement assistance and retail development.
Back of the Yards is also home to a branch of the Chicago Public Library, and has several parks within its borders, including Sherman Park, Cornell Square Park and Davis Square Park.
Transportation to other areas of Chicago is relatively simple, with Interstate 94 bordering Back of the Yards on the eastern side of the neighborhood. Several buses travel through the area, and the L's orange line makes a stop on the western side of the neighborhood.
Back of the Yards residents partake in a variety of community events, including a summer basketball league and Fiesta Back of the Yards, which is traditionally one of the largest celebrations in the neighborhood. There are also a variety of locally owned ethnic restaurants in Back of the Yards.