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Fans of Oreo cookies, Mallomars or Fig Newtons, take note: diligent researchers have tracked down the source of these trance-inducing goodies. No, they don’t come from an elfin hideaway under a tree, but from Nabisco’s cookie plant, a 1,800,000-square-foot production facility on Kedzie Avenue in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. It’s the largest bakery in the world, delighting snackers with more than 320 million pounds of treats each year and employing more than 1,500 workers.
Chicago Lawn is located on the southwest side of the city, eight miles from the Chicago Loop. Its borders include Bell Avenue on the east, Central Park Avenue on the west, 59th Street on the north and 75th Street on the south. Some Chicagoans refer to the area as “Marquette Park,” after the park in its center.
Lithuanians, who made up much of the population in the 19th century, had founded city institutions including some of the richest savings and loans in the city, Holy Cross Hospital, Maria High School and the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, where services are still held in Lithuanian. Today, Chicago Lawn is a diverse community living in a safe, inviting community.