Past Event

High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing

Join us as we partner with the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum to present Audrey Petty, compiler and editor of High Rise Stories, in conversation with author and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore.

Cabrini-Green. Robert Taylor Homes. Stateway Gardens. Ida B. Wells and Harold Ickes. Imposing structures that dominated the landscape of the city and the lives of residents in the second half of the 20th century in Chicago.

In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago’s iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification give voice to those who have long been ignored, but whose hopes and struggles exist firmly at the heart of our national identity.

About the editor:

Audrey Petty is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Ford Foundation grantee, her work has been featured in Colorlines, StoryQuarterly, and Saveur, among many others. – See more at: Book sales for High Rise Stories provided by Quimby’s Bookstore.

This program was made possible in part by the generous support of the Joyce Foundation, improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes Region and across the country. 

Free and open to the public. For more information please call 312.422.5580.

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