Stories from the Redline: Fire Fire Gentrifier

Stories from the Redline: Fire Fire Gentrifier

Chicago, Illinois 60614, United States

Created By: National Public Housing Museum

Tour Information

Stories from the Redline: Fire Fire Gentrifier

Through photos, oral history, music, and dance, the NPHM and Blu Rhythm Collective are proud to present Stories from the Redline: Fire Fire Gentrifier, a self-guided tour of a people's history of Lincoln Park.

What can we learn from the past? How can we build a better collective future for all of us?

This tour excavates the hidden and repressed history of urban renewal and explores the struggles of the Young Lords to organize, raise political awareness, and resist gentrification.

Music by Pinqy Ring, photos by Carlos Flores, and stories by Cha Cha Jiménez, Billy Che Brooks, and Professor Jacqueline Lazu.

Listen and look more intentionally at the existing urban landscape, reflect on how it’s changed, and witness the exuberance of young people, who with collective joy, are organizing and reclaiming Chicago neighborhood history today.

The .75-mile tour begins at the DePaul School of Music at 804 W Belden Street and ends at Lincoln Park High School at 2001 N Orchard Street. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is wheelchair accessible. There are 3 destination stops on this tour, with intermediary travel points along the way.

There are ramped sidewalks on both sides of all streets included in this walking tour.

Major streets have pay-to-park spots.

The tour is red line accessible via Fullerton, brown/purple lines accessible via Armitage, as well as the Fullerton (74) and Armitage (73) buses. The Fullerton red line stop has an elevator.

Transcripts of all audio are available.

This tour is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Learn more about the National Public Housing Museum.

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What You'll See on the Tour

This is where your tour begins, at 804 W Belden Avenue, now the DePaul School of Music. Jesse Prez, your tour guide, sets the stage for what you’ll learn on this tour of Lincoln Park. Before Lincoln Park was the neighborhood we know today... Read more
At this first destination, you’ll hear about how the McCormick Theological Seminary and the Young Lords faced off in 1969, leading to a huge economic victory for the underserved Black and Brown communities of Lincoln Park. Interested in l... Read more
José Cha Cha Jiménez, who you met at the first destination, has done extensive research on the Puerto Rican community in Lincoln Park. Below are some highlights to read from Jiménez’ The Young Lords in Lincoln Park as you make your way... Read more
The Rainbow Coalition was an antiracist, anticlass, multicultural movement led by Chicago activists Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party, William "Preacherman" Fesperman of the Young Patriots Organization, and José Cha Cha Jiménez of t... Read more
After the massive success of the takeover of the McCormick Theological Center, which brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to the community, the Young Lords reached out to the Armitage Avenue United Methodist Church in an attempt to use ... Read more
As you travel with Professor Lazu and Mr. Flores, they’ll share stories about the importance of community and solidarity. What is the community like where you live? Share you responses by tweeting at @thenphm with the hashtag #firefiregen... Read more
In collaboration with the National Public Housing Museum and Blu Rhythm Collective, Pinqy Ring invites you to participate in a musical re-introduction of the revolutionary activist group Young Lords, as well as a reimagining of the Puerto R... Read more
Thanks for taking the Fire Fire Gentrifier tour. To learn more about the National Public Housing Museum and keep up with other programs and events, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Interested in diving deeper? Read an excerpt ... Read more


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