Chicago's Families: Finding Home

A family can be a group of people sharing a name and a roof, but it can also extend far beyond parentage and household. This exhibit reflects on how we negotiate boundaries and links between the people and places we come from and who we find ourselves living among now. From housing relocations forced by war and economic crisis to the multilayering of our identities, to the migrating into new neighborhoods, we find and build community against all odds.

The CHICAGO’S FAMILIES project of the Chicago Cultural Alliance inspired our collaborative exhibit team to consider the ways in which a conventional construction of identity and belonging comes undone against the messy realities of contemporary existence.

We learned a great deal in our process of creating this exhibition. Perhaps most significant, sharing the stories of the many families whose experiences are presented here, made clear to us just how interconnected our seemingly unconnected communities really are.

Thank you for joining us on this journey.


Japanese American Service Committee, National Public Housing Museum, Swedish American Museum, University of Illinois at Chicago Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change - Gender and Sexuality Center