Forgotten Chicago presented by UIC CUPPA Alumni Association
Chicago has always been young at heart. This is a place where "newer" "bigger" and "taller" have always been buzzwords, resulting in amazing modern architecture. However, the side effect of this is that remnants of the past often tend to get paved over or torn down without much thought. Aside from major well-known landmarks, what does remain often tends to be overlooked and forgotten about. With that said, the goal of Forgotten Chicago is twofold.
First and foremost, our main goal is to discover and document little known elements of Chicago's infrastructure, architecture, neighborhoods and general cityscape, whether existing or historical.
Secondarily, our hope is that exposing many of these often overlooked elements of Chicago's built environment to a wider audience will result in more interest in their preservation. Certainly, much of the content on the site is included mainly for documentation and historical reasons, and of course not every old structure in the city is worthy of being preserved. However, some of the structures included on the site are little known but of important architectural and historical interest. We hope that their inclusion will raise public awareness and result in their preservation rather than demolition in the future.
The focus of this presentation is highs and lows of Chicago urban planning that appeal to both alumni and students. Of course public housing, the L down the middle of the expressway and even the UIC Circle Campus were heralded as great urban planning achievements at the time but are now widely considered as planning missteps. The latest planning school of thought gets back to organic growth, urban fabric and historic preservation as central tenets. Overall you can say planning is today is much more in line with the mission of Forgotten Chicago greater appreciation of the existing and forgotten built environment.
The Great Cities Institute in CUPPA Hall (View)
412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607
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