The Great Migration

The Great Migration (also known as The Black Migration) in 20th Century Chicago.

Climate Change and its Effects on Chicago

Chicago has always had a very precarious relationship with its surrounding environment, and climate change will only make the effects on the city and its infrastructure more intense.

Chicago’s Influence on Jazz Music

Jazz music began in New Orleans, Louisiana. The musical genre has roots in European traditions, blues, and ragtime. It also derives from work songs sung by slaves on southern plantations. Jazz was not a popular musical genre until the 20th century when African Americans moved to Chicago during the Great Migration to escape the Jim […]

Daily Life in Chicago Tenements

Overcrowded, poorly built, and unsanitary, tenement housing was one of the worst places to live, yet for so many it was their only choice. Newly settled immigrants as well as working-class families struggled to make a living and had to do so in deplorable conditions. There would be those that tried to change the situation, but their successes would only be temporary. Low-income housing is still a struggle for many today, and the roots of the issue can be traced back to those early days when tenements were the only option.

Al Capone, Prohibition, and the Rise of Organized Crime in Chicago

The rise of organized crime in Chicago can be attributed to a multitude of factors, however two of the most prevalent of these are the “urban renewal” of the Levee district and the introduction of the 18th amendment to the United States Constitution, otherwise known as Prohibition. The Levee District is a two square block […]

Effects of Professional Hockey in Chicago

This Project is about the Chicago Blackhawks that are a team that went through the 20th century facing Discrimination about the use of the name of an American Indian

Prohibition and the Rise of Organized Crime in Chicago

  The 18th Amendment to the Constitution instated Prohibition throughout America. While it was rallied and put forth by puritanical values, its greatest profits would be the organized crime, corruption, and gangster culture that it created. While bootleggers, speakeasies, and organized crime would grow all throughout America during Prohibition, Chicago was a standout with its […]