Topics in Chrysler Village History

Want to learn more about subjects in local history? Students from Loyola University Chicago’s Fall 2015 Oral History course composed the following research papers about topics related to the history of Chrysler Village, Clearing, and Chicago.

Immigration and Chicago’s Ethnic Communities


  • Kristin Jacobsen charts immigration and settlement patterns in Chicago in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
  • Hope Shannon investigates the reasons why ethnic neighborhoods diminished in twentieth-century Chicago.

Hispanic Communities

  • Fazila Kabahita describes Mexican-American culture on Chicago’s South Side in the early twentieth century, especially focusing on the important role of parks and recreation.
  • Lucas Coyne analyzes the changing Hispanic presence in Chicago and Clearing in the late twentieth century.

Eastern European Communities

  • Tori Golden discusses some of the factors that brought Polish immigrants together in Chicago.
  • Ellen Bushong excavates the settlement patterns of Eastern Europeans in Chicago after WWII.


  • Isa Orozco-Vela highlights the role of women industrial workers during WWII, especially those who worked in the Dodge-Chrysler Plant.
  • Nicole Stocker summarizes the process of industrialization in Chicago’s South Side.

Planned Communities

  • Ruby Oram situates Chrysler Village within Chicago’s history of planned worker communities, including Pullman and Altgeld Garden.
  • Kelly Schmidt emphasizes Chrysler Village’s relation to pre-WWII worker communities like Pullman and Marktown.
  • Adam Carston considers Chrysler Village’s role as a link between the planned community of Pullman and the postwar suburb of Levittown.

Built Environment

  • Julia Lacher compares and contrasts how the architectural features of Chrysler Village and Altgeld Garden imposed ideas of race and class into the built environment of the planned communities.
  • Hannah Zuber elaborates how Chrysler Village’s distinct architecture and layout isolates the neighborhood within the community of Clearing.

Government Housing

  • Shannon Pimmel provides background on the federal government’s role in creating public housing.
  • Megan Bordewyk focuses on the role of the Chicago Housing Authority in building housing during and after WWII, paying attention to the strong racial dynamics at play.


  • Matthew Amyx traces the history of overcrowding and racial politics in Clearing’s schools.
  • Fernando E. Torre investigates the history of the Democratic machine in Chicago.
  • Sebastian Wupper explores why Chrysler Village does not have a church and how the neighborhood fits into the already existing Roman Catholic landscape.


  • Ella Wagner offers a thorough overview of deindustrialization’s impact on Chicago.
  • Matthew Norgard contextualizes Chrysler Village within the deindustrialization of Chicago’s South Side in the postwar period.
  • Michael Albani demonstrates how the Ford City Mall represents the impact of deindustrialization on Clearing.
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