May 4th 2019

Join us as we delve into the history of housing and race, reflect on our current divides, and consider what we can do to build a more inclusive city.

During the 20th century, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans migrated to Chicago from other parts of the country and the world. European-descended residents and recent immigrants responded to these migrations with policies and choices that segregated the city.

The 1919 race riots in particular set in motion efforts to keep groups of people separate, utilizing a powerful combination of violence, intimidation, and law – from neighborhood associations and restrictive covenants to redlining and contract purchase schemes. Today we have still not solved how to break down the spatial boundaries that separate Chicagoans.


Leading the conversation will be Brad Hunt from the Newberry Library and a historian of housing in Chicago, and Lee Bey, architectural critic, photographer, and writer.


This event is being held as part of “Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots,” an NEH-supported city-wide series of public programs aiming to heighten the 1919 Chicago race riots in our collective memory. Learn more at

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