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Hull-House, founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr, was the first social settlement in Chicago. The settlement was incorporated in March 1895, with a stated purpose to "provide a center for higher civic and social life, to initiate and maintain educational and philanthropic enterprises, and to investigate and improve the conditions in the industrial districts of Chicago."
Born in 1940, Ira Berkow grew up on Chicago's Near West Side. As a teenager, he sold women's nylons and men's belts at various stands in the Maxwell St. marketplace. Upon graduating from Northwestern University's journalism program, Berkow worked as a sports writer for the New York Times. Among other books, he is the author of Maxwell Street: Survival in
At the end of World War II, the University of Illinois opened a two-year undergraduate division at the Navy Pier campus to accommodate the large number of Chicago-area college students and returning veterans who wanted to take advantage of the GI Bill. By the early 1950s, student demand had sufficiently outstripped Navy Pier's capacity, so the University initiated a search
The Young Men's Christian Association, Duncan Maxwell Branch, located at 1012 West Maxwell Street was formed in 1932 when the facility, a dispensary for the Michael Reese Hospital, was given to the Chicago YMCA. The Maxwell Street facility was noted for its open door policy, serving all members of the community regardless of age, religion, race or nationality. The Duncan