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​Join us on December 8th at 7pm for our Fall virtual program:

Cabrini-Green, Lincoln Park's Public Housing Neighbor: A Discussion with Ben Austen, Author of High-Risers

Please join authors, Ben Austen and Audrey Petty, as they discuss High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing, Ben Austen’s book, which is a sweeping exploration of race, class, popular culture, and politics in modern America that brilliantly considers what went wrong in our nation's effort to provide affordable housing to the poor—and what we can learn from those mistakes. This program will be held virtually via Zoom on December 8th, 7-8 p.m. 

We have partnered with two local booksellers to get your book in advance of the program! 
Seminary Coop and Unabridged.

About the panelists:

Ben Austen is a local Chicago writer. His book High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing was named one of the best books of 2018 by Booklist, Mother Jones and the public libraries of Chicago and St. Louis.

Audrey Petty is a fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction writer and educator. Petty has taught extensively in the fields of African American literature and creative writing. Formerly on faculty in the Creative Writing Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Knox College.  ​

The Fall program is free to all residents- RSVP here!

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In order to raise awareness of the Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative, to promote donations to the archives and participation in research projects, the Research Initiative sponsors Fall and Spring programs each year. The programs focus on some aspect of life in Lincoln Park, which is a part of our shared history. To stay up-to-date on our programs, join our mailing list below. 

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Previous Programs: 
  • Fall 2019 - Walls That Talk: A Film About Three Historic Lincoln Park Buildings​
  • Spring 2019- The Battle of Lincoln Park: Reflecting on Our Neighborhood's Complex History 
  • Fall 2018 - From Prairie to Performance Hall: An Architectural History of the 2300 Block of North Halsted Street
  •  Spring 2018- Frances Xavier Cabrini: Lincoln Park's Saint 
  • Fall 2017-  America's Gangster
  • Spring 2017 - Lincoln Park Then and Now: A Photographic History  
  • Fall 2016 - Filmmaking in Lincoln Park: Celebrating 50 Years of Kartemquin Films
  • Spring 2016 - Kay Smith "The Road Not Taken" (DePaul Art Museum)
  • Fall 2015 - Rediscovering Old Town: Investigating a Historic and Legendary Neighborhood
  • Spring 2015 - WBEZ 91.5 Curious City Comes to Lincoln Park
  • Fall 2014 - From Farm to Table: The Creation of the Green City Market and its City-Wide Impact
  • Spring 2014 - Lincoln Park Neighborhood History: Bringing Collections Online
  • Fall 2013 - Making an Entrance: A Century of Theatre at DePaul
  • Spring 2013 - Menus for Success: Lincoln Park's Timeless Restaurants
  • Fall 2012 - Lincoln Park on a Pedestal: The Hidden History of Lincoln Park through the Prism of its Sculpture and Monuments 
  • Spring 2012 - The Legacy of Children's Memorial Hospital: Celebrating 130 Years in Lincoln Park 
  • Fall 2011 - RE: Chicago
  • Spring 2011 - Tales from the Ground Up: Discovering the History of Lincoln Park Homes
  • Fall 2010 - Lights! Camera! Action! Lincoln Park and the Movies
  • Spring 2010 - Write On...A Conversation with Lincoln Park Authors
  • Fall 2009 – Tenth Anniversary Celebration, Chicago History Museum Exhibit: Lincoln Park Block by Block
  • Spring 2009 – And the Beat Goes On…Four Decades of Music in Lincoln Park
  • Fall 2008 – Ghosts of Our Past…Hidden Truths: The Chicago City Cemetery & Lincoln Park
  • Spring 2008 – The Legacies of 1968…A City Transformed
  • Fall 2007 – “All the World’s a Stage”: Theatre in Lincoln Park
  • Spring 2007 - Lincoln Park's Other Shoreline: The Chicago River
  • Fall 2006 - Lincoln Park & The New Chicago
  • Spring 2006 - The Politics of Place: The Impact of Zoning on Lincoln Park Development
  • Fall 2005 - Treasures in the Attic: Saving and Sharing Your Lincoln Park Memories
  • Spring 2005 - Voices and Visions of Lincoln Park
  • Fall 2004 - The Archaeology of Lincoln Park: Excavating on eBay
  • Spring 2004 - Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! A Journey through Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Fall 2003 - Through Thick and Thin: A Century of Service in Lincoln Park
  • Spring 2003 - The Seven Ages of the Saloon in Lincoln Park
  • Fall 2002 - Minding Our Business: The Dynamics of Lincoln Park Commerce
  • Spring 2002 - Lincoln Park: Neighborhood Schools…Schools for the Neighborhood
  • Fall 2001 - Lincoln Park Demographics: Using the Census to Track Transition 
  • Spring 2001 - A Breath of Fresh Air: Parks and the Lincoln Park Community Moderated by Mike Flannery, Political Editor, News 2 Chicago
  • Fall 2000 - Lincoln Park Politics, Yesterday and Today (Moderated by Elizabeth Brackett, WTTW Channel 11 News)
  • Spring 2000 - Lincoln Park Turning Points - Past to Present Moderated by Ron Magers, ABC News
  • Fall 1999 - A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: Lincoln Park/Chicago and Jordaan/Amsterdam

The Lincoln Park Becoming Series: 
The Lincoln Park Becoming series examined the transitions in Lincoln Park society and institutions in the late 20th Century.

  • Fall 2003 - Through Thick and Thin: A Century of Service in Lincoln Park
  • Spring 2003 - The Seven Ages of the Saloon in Lincoln Park
  • Fall 2002 - Minding Our Business: The Dynamics of Lincoln Park Commerce
  • Spring 2002 - Lincoln Park: Neighborhood Schools...Schools for the Neighborhood
  • Fall 2001 - Lincoln Park Demographics: Using Census to Track Transition Presented by Ken Fidel Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, DePaul University