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Great Chicago Stories

presents historical fiction that illuminates Chicago's past. Listen to (or read) 12 stories about the abolitionist movement; public housing and white flight; labor and the Haymarket Affair; progressivism, Hull House, and immigration; great migration and the jazz age; the 1893 World's Fair; trains; baseball; hot dogs; and more. Stories are offered for elementary and high school students. Use the interactive map to examine artifacts and explore places in each story. (Chicago History Museum, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

Beginning around 1900, Maxwell Street on the West Side was one of Chicago's most interesting places to shop. People could buy anything from shoestrings to food to expensive clothing. The vendors at Maxwell Street, immigrants and migrants, came from many different places and backgrounds to sell their products. By the 1950s, the market was a tourist attraction where thousands of people gathered to listen to the blues, hunt for bargains, and eat at the hot dog stands.
Comiskey Park, c. 1912

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