Today Chicago is home to dozens of families and communites who arrived under various cirumstances, but regardless of necessity or desire they came looking for a new home.
Chicago’s Families: Where Community Begins presents a one-of-a-kind montage of voices, memories, and experiences of families in Chicago. Unfolding at six sites throughout Chicagoland, this project explores the concept of family in different community contexts and demonstrates how cross-cultural collaboration can help us create new and alternative perspectives on the world.
Chicago’s Families is an example of people coming together to share stories, break boundaries, and bring cultural understanding to the basics. The content you see is curated by six project teams from 17 organizations with very different community identities and perspectives. Our intention to start a dialogue and make connections - among people and communities that may not otherwise come together. We encourage you to visit as many sites as you can, especially those that are less familiar to you. We hope these stories will inspire and empower you to tell your own story, and to re-think the connections around you with your family, neighbors, and community.
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Community as Family at 4740 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Collaborating Partners: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, Haitian American Museum of Chicago and Indo-American Heritage Museum
Rites of Passage at 238 W. 23rd Street, Chicago, IL
Collaborating Partners: Chinese American Museum of Chicago, Ethiopian Community Center of Chicago, UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding & Social Change A-Squared Theatre Workshop
We Are Family at 1400 S. Lake Sure Drive, Chicago, IL
Collaborating Partners: The Field Museum, Trickster Art Gallery, and Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago.
Finding Home at 5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Collaborating Partners: Japanese American Service Committee, National Public Housing Museum, Swedish American Museum, UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change - Gender & Sexualities Center
Im/Migration at 1638 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago, IL
Collaborating Partners: Casa Michoacan, UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change -Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center
Youth & Family Identity at 4046 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
Collaborating Partners: Korean American Cultural & REsource Center, National Public Housing Museum and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center