The fascinating story behind Chicago’s early suburbs

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Author Elaine Lewinnek and Justin Kaufmann

Professor, historian and author Elaine Lewinnek joins Justin to discuss her enthralling book, “The Working Man’s Reward: Chicago’s Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl.” Elaine talks about the marketing aspects of “The American Dream,” how immigrants brought the yearning for home ownership to the United States, how the real estate market created Chicago, the “coalition of whiteness,” zoning rules that pushed people away from downtown, when the suburban experience became what it is now, what it is about early Chicago that fascinated her, the mortgage industry creating the early suburbs of Chicago, the race riots of 1919 and how people desire to live in a community.

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