The People of Chicago

Topic Description

Media Burn, based in Chicago, has an extensive collection of video about the people and personalities of Chicago in the late twentieth century. The films provide a look into the lives of everyday ‘Chicagoans’. These videos will be especially useful for showing students a look at Chicago at a time when many Americans across the country thought cities were dying. While some of the videos deal with the hard subjects of crime and decay, they focus on the people living in Chicago neighborhoods and provide a distinctive look at the city.

Overarching Themes

  • Urban history and politics
  • Urban social, political, and economic conditions
  • The relationship between neighborhoods and cities
  • Group identity and cities