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Interpretive Digital Essay : Water in Chicago
Essay: People and the Port
Photo Essays:
Solitary Lives
City of Bridges
Chicago Harbors
Essay: Using the Chicago River
Photo Essays:
Goose Island
Indiana Dunes
Essay: Sanitation in Chicago
Photo Essays:
The Sanitary and Ship Canal
Water-Related Epidemics
Essay: Water and Urban Life
Photo Essays:
Houses and Water
Shoreline Development
Growing Up Along Water
Houses and Water

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Emergence of the Modern Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Room

Kitchen and Bathroom, New Mayfield Avenue House, Joliet, 1953

The federal government subsidized the construction of apartment housing in the city, as well as single-family homes in suburban areas across the region. This kitchen and bathroom were in a new house in Joliet.

See also: Housekeeping; Metropolitan Growth

Kitchen and Laundry, Farley Residence, 1952

The suburban boom continued into the 1970s, with thousands of new houses constructed across the Chicago metropolitan area. Suburban governments expanded the reach of their basic water and sewerage (often with federal subsidy), so that houses like this one in Glenview could have the most modern conveniences available.

See also: Built Environment of the Chicago Region; Suburban Government

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