“You can live your whole life out somewhere between Goose Island and Bronzeville without once feeling that, the week after you move, your neighbors are to miss your place. For it isn’t so much a city as it is a vasty way station where three and a half million bipeds swarm with the single cry, “One side or a leg off, I’m gettin’ mine!” It’s everyman for himself in this hired air.

Yet, once you’ve come to be a part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may find well lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.”

 - Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make (1951)

 

City On The Make is a passion project by a small group of Chicagoans who love their city. There are so many moments, big and small, that we want to share. Let us know if you have any to suggest.

City On The Make videos are produced by Bottle Rocket Media, a Chicago Video Production Company. 

Contact us at cityonthemake@bottlerocketmedia.net.