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Mar 14 2024

The Workers Cottage: Past, Present, and Future

Bag Lunch Lecture

March 14, 2024

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Great Cities Institute, Large Conference Room


412 S. Peoria St. Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60607

Join the Great Cities Institute for an enlightening bag lunch lecture as we delve into the rich history, present challenges, and future prospects of Chicago’s iconic workers cottages. These modest yet historically significant homes have been at the heart of Chicago’s urban landscape for over a century, embodying the aspirations and struggles of working-class families throughout the city’s rapid growth.

For guest speakers, we have Joseph C. Bigott, Ph.D. from Purdue University Northwest and who is the author of From Cottage to Bungalow. As a renowned historian specializing in Chicago’s architectural heritage, Joseph brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into the significance of workers cottages in shaping the city’s built environment. Additionally, we have Lucy Gomez Feliciano, who is the community engagement director at Here to Stay Community Land Trust. With a background in urban planning and community development, Lucy offers invaluable perspectives on the challenges and opportunities associated with preserving workers cottages amidst rapid urbanization and gentrification.

Event flyer available here.



Great Cities Institute

Date posted

Feb 21, 2024

Date updated

Feb 21, 2024