70 Acres In Chicago: Cabrini Green Film Screening and Q&A


The Illinois Tech Office of Community Affairs and Outreach Programs’ free film series continues with a screening of 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini-Green on Saturday, June 16 from noon–2 pm. in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) Auditorium. Free parking is available north of the MTCC. Register in advance at community@iit.edu.

For 70 years, on the near Northside of Chicago, stood Cabrini Green. These Chicago Public Housing projects sat in close proximity to downtown Chicago and a stone’s throw away from Gold Coast and Streeterville. Cabrini’s high-rises were demolished and an African-American community cleared to make room for another social experiment: mixed-income neighborhoods.

Shot over the course of 20-years, 70 Acres in Chicago documents this upheaval, from the razing of the first buildings in 1995, to the clashes in the mixed-income neighborhoods a decade later.

70 Acres in Chicago tells the story of this hotly contested patch of land, while examining race, class, and who lives in the city.

Join filmmaker Ronit Bezalel, journalist Ben Austen, and former Cabrini-Green residents Deidre Brewster, Raymond McDonald, and Mark Pratt for a post-film conversation.