Discover Chicago Bound Primer/Resource Page

This resource list is designed to give you an overview of different topics related to the city of Chicago and the amazing work being done here to create a more just world. It is an imperfect overview, and it is important to remember that the views and perspectives presented do not necessarily reflect those of The University of Chicago at large, The University Community Service Center, or its staff. 
The first two "readings" in each topical section are required readings, and all other links and media are recommended/other good resources. This page will continue to live on this Canvas page for your reference well into your academic journey, so enjoy! 


Arts and Activism


A New Poem for Chicago 



How to revive a neighborhood with: imagination, beauty, and art (required)

Chicago Students Protest New $95-Million Police Academy


Economic Justice


Obama says he believes in community organizing. He should listen to Chicago's South Side. by Eve L. Ewing



Regenerate Chicago Neighborhoods from Free Spirit PRO on Vimeo




Vacancies to Fill: Considering Desire in the Past and Future of Chicago's Vacant Schools by Eve L. Ewing

School Segregation Didn't Go Away, It Evolved

The Rise of Law Enforcement on College Campuses by Melissa D. Anderson

Illinois School Funding Inequity: Worse than the Worst

Buy-in to Chicago's Neighborhood Grammar Schools

Less than 25% of Chicago Kids Go to Neighborhood High Schools



Why Chicago's Public Schools are Broken (required)

How America's Schools Keep Kids in Poverty (required)


Environmental Justice


Climate Activists: Here’s Why Your Work Depends on Ending Police Violence

Flint’s Children Suffer in Class After Years of Drinking the Lead-Poisoned Water


A Brief History of Environmental Justice (required)

What is Environmental Racism?

Environmental Justice: Peggy Shepard at TEDxHarlem




We Shall Not Be Moved: A Hunger Strike, Housing and Education in Chicago by Eve L. Ewing        

Vacancies to Fill: Considering Desire in the Past and Future of Chicago's Vacant Schools by Eve L. Ewing 

Cost of Segregation

The Case for Reparations

Rahm Emanuel's Next Scandal? Chicago's Public Housing by Eve L. Ewing

The Rise of Law Enforcement on College Campuses by Melissa D. Anderson

School Segregation Didn't Go Away, It Evolved



Ethnic Neighborhoods Define Chicago (required)


Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago’s Public Housing from Ronit Bezalel on Vimeo (required) (optional: check out the other films and links on this website!)



The Racial Dot Map

CPS is building a $70 million school as residents ask: for whom?

Mapping Segregation

Our home on website lets users explore Indigenous ancestral territories 

Regenerate Chicago Neighborhoods from Free Spirit PRO on Vimeo




Chicago's History as a Sanctuary City by Kori Rumore


LGBTQ Rights


Why I'm Fighting to Take the "Boys" Out of Boystown

The LGBTQ Civil Rights Fight Is Far From Over

Transgender Chicagoans say police encounters can be dehumanizing. A new report says CPD is failing them.

Here’s what a good LGBTQ ally looks like

Why Police Often Single Out Trans People for Violence

Transgender activist LaSaia Wade has made her South Side LGBTQ center a safe haven, where protesters can get food, water and first aid


LaSaia Wade- Brave Space Alliance (required)


Police/Prison Abolition


The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence

What Abolitionists Do (strongly recommended!)

The Fight Over Chicago’s Largest Private Police Force (strongly recommended!)

Invisible Institute's youth / police project

A CPD Reading List by Emily Lipstein and Sam Stecklow

Should Communities Have a Say in How Residents are Punished for Crime? by Yana Kuchinoff

Chicago’s Gang Database Is Full of Errors — And Records We Have Prove It

A Psychologist as Warden? Jail and Mental Illness Intersect in Chicago



AirGo · Ep 185 - Trina Reynolds-Tyler (podcast by Damon Williams and Daniel Kisslinger)  (required)

Gun Violence Is Public Health Crisis in Chicago

I Grow Chicago

We Need to Talk About An Injustice


Chicago Map Quizzes

Learn the Chicago neighborhoods!

77 neighborhoods organized by area

77 neighborhoods (difficult)

Click that hood quiz



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