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Chicago’s Bungalow Builders & The American Dream
Immigrants arriving to Chicago around the turn of the 20th century often had little to their name. Faced with brutal job prospects and discrimination, small-time landlording became a popular way to earn income, help fellow newcomers, create community, and work toward the American Dream of home ownership and stability. Patti Swanson, founder of Chicago for Chicagoans, will tell us how different housing styles in Chicago were built & used by immigrants to attain success, the role developers played in the unique architectural character of our neighborhoods, and how, to many, buying a bungalow has represented "making it" to countless generations of Chicagoans.

Mar 11, 2021 06:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Patti Swanson
Founder & Executive Director @Chicago for Chicagoans
Patti Swanson is a historian, educator, and artist living in Chicago, Illinois. Raised near Austin, Texas, Patti came to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a degree in art history at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and stayed for the city's rich history, friendly people, and balmy winters. Patti is the creator, chief guide, and organizer of Chicago for Chicagoans. In addition to giving architectural and history tours, Patti is an event planner, brick lover, and multidisciplinary artist interested in the overlap between the city & the book arts. Her artwork focuses on community activism, memory, place, genealogy, and the accessibility of the arts.