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Carl Sandburg 1930

Chicago Daily News negatives collection, DN-0090361. Courtesy of Chicago History Museum.


The Village is named for Carl Sandburg, born January 6, 1878 – died July 22, 1967. Born in Illinois, he lived in the Chicago area for many years. He was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry. Sandburg was the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes. Two were awarded for his poetry, and the third for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. His most famous description of the city is as "Hog Butcher for the World/Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat/Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler,/Stormy, Husky, Brawling, City of the Big Shoulders."


Carl Sandburg Village is a Chicago urban renewal project of the 1960s in the Near North Side community area of Chicago. It was named in honor of Carl Sandburg. Financed by the city, it is between Clark and LaSalle Streets between Division Street and North Avenue. Solomon Cordwell Buenz was the architect.

The intent of the development was to buffer the encroaching blight from the north and west to the Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago. In the process of constructing these mammoth structures an entire community of the first Puerto Ricans to Chicago was displaced. They moved north into the adjoining Lincoln Park neighborhood and west into Humboldt Park. In 1979 Carl Sandburg Village was converted to condominium ownership. While many urban renewal projects failed to fulfill the dreams of their developers, Sandburg Village succeeded. Today, while it is no longer as affordable as it once was, it is still a reasonably priced housing option within Chicago's affluent Gold Coast.
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