Encyclopedia o f Chicago
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
Shoreline Development

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Race Divisions on Public Beaches

Oak Street Beach, 1952 and 1960

At the mid-twentieth century, white Chicagoans still dominated the use of Oak Street Beach, located north of the Loop.

See also: Gold Coast; Leisure; Near North Side

Beach on the Near South Side of Chicago, late 1980s

Even in the late 1980s, de facto segregation continued at many Chicago beaches.

See also: Leisure; Near South Side; Racism, Ethnicity, and White Identity

Calumet Park Beach, 1987

The Hispanic ice cream vendor in this 1987 beach scene from Calumet Park illustrates a diversity of Chicago residents that exceeds a simple black and white division.

See also: East Side; Leisure; Racism, Ethnicity, and White Identity

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