Carl Sandburg reminisced in one of his Chicago poems about that city’ s history of enticing farm boys to the nightlife and vice. After working long hours in factories, on the rail or elsewhere, the men sought their pleasure through the wide variety of brothels, bordellos and parlor houses sprinkled citywide. The city’ s most notorious red light district, the Levee, developed near the railroad developments on what is now near the south loop. More interestingly than the mere development and popularity of the Levee was its mirror in development to that of Chicago itself – the physical, structural and personal divisions in the Levee reflected those seen in the greater city with its socioeconomic hierarchies. This similarity made the prostitution industry in the earlier years of Chicago accessible, affordable and attainable for any and all citizens and visitors to the newly blossoming city.
Kelly Bartolotta, ’07 Mokena, IL
Majors: English, Psychology
Sponsor: Catherine Stewart