Old Maxwell Street

Maxwell Street was once home to Chicago’s busiest open-air market: a place where one could shop at hundreds of street stalls while listening to live electric blues. These days, it’s the sight of a major redevelopment project being carried out by the University of Illinois.

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Field Museum staffer, Maxwell Street preservationist, and StoryCorps participant Lori explains to Facilitator Nick Yulman that the facades of these old buildings have been disassembled, rearranged, and grafted onto a new structure which houses a parking garage.


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