In the 1800s, the proximity of the Calumet River led to the development and growth of steel, grain, railroad and lumber industries in the South Chicago area, which was originally known as Ainsworth. During that century, work in those industries drew immigrants from various countries, including Ireland, Sweden, Scotland, Wales and Germany, to South Chicago. In 1901, U.S. Steel took over
The South Chicago neighborhood, which has an area of 3.34 square miles, is a vibrant community located about 10 miles southeast of the Loop along Lake Michigan near the mouth of the Calumet River.
Organization: Precision Decorating
Owner and Manager: Eduardo Peña
Address: 8826 S. Commercial Ave., Chicago, IL 60617
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a South Chicago steel manufacturing plant and renamed it South Works. South Works prospered during the first half of the century and was the South Side’s largest employer, employing approximately 20,000 people and covering nearly 600 square acres of land during its peak. Beginning around the time of WWI, South Works and other steel mills drew many African American, Mexican, Polish and Italian immigrants to South Chicago. During its heyday, South Works produced steel used in the John Hancock Center, the Sears Tower, the Standard Oil Building and many other Chicago skyscrapers, as well as in structures around the country. The thriving steel industry helped lead to the development of a successful business area on Commercial Avenue and 92nd Street.
Eduardo built his business from the ground up. The 25-year business offers a variety of services to residential and commercial properties, all of which include: carpentry, drywall, plaster, painting, demolition, new rooms and framing, electrical, plumbing and even roofing.
Ed and his seven experienced staff members, offer a fresh, new look to any space and even develop rooms for children!
Ed offers help beyond construction by seizing opportunities to give back to the South Chicago community, where he was born and raised. He also offers his construction services at a discount to seniors and also provides free estimates.
Besides the world of construction, Eduardo has numerous hobbies, including being in his very own band. Not only does Ed rock at building buildings, he also rocks at tearing them down with his music!