Published in the Chicago Daily Tribune, June 6, 1909
A country without women, a country without homes, without the kind but authoritative voice of mothers, without the laugh of young girls, without the prattle of children - such is the country in which 18,000 Greeks in Chicago live.
To see that country you need not go far. Any street car which carries you to Halsted and Harrison streets takes you there - into the heart of Chicago's Greece, with its thousands of men and no women, with its numerous rooming houses and few or no homes.
The number of Greek women in Chicago is variously estimated. According to some estimates, there are about 250 women in an aggregate population of 18,000. Others, and among them the Greek church, estimate the number of women as high as 600.
But whether 250 or 600 Greek immigrants have their wives, and children here, the Greek colony in Chicago is essentially a country without women and without homes. The families do not live in the Greek colony and do not mix much with the Greek immigrants. The Greek women who come to Chicago are generally the wives of those who have achieved success in business here, the well to do fruit merchants, for instance. They live not on Halsted street nor on Blue Island avenue, but on boulevards and in the more fashionable residence districts, amid American surroundings and in an American atmosphere.