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Executive Summary for A Tale of Three Cities:
The State of Racial Justice in Chicago Report


Chicago’s largest racial and ethnic groups—blacks, Latinxs, and whites—each makes up roughly one-third of the city’s population. As this report reveals, these groups generally live in separate neighborhoods and have divergent experiences when it comes to housing, economics, education, justice, and health. Capturing life in Chicago today is in many ways a tale of three cities.

The central finding of this report is that racial and ethnic inequities in Chicago remain pervasive, persistent, and consequential. These inequities affect the lives of Chicagoans in every neighborhood; they have not just spatial but also deep historical roots and are embedded in our social, economic, political, and cultural institutions; and they have powerful effects on the experiences and opportunities of all Chicagoans. The patterns described herein are stark, if not entirely surprising. Chicagoans of all racial and ethnic groups want to live in safe and healthy communities where they don’t just subsist or survive but also thrive, but not all have equal access. Read more…

About A Tale of Three Cities:
The State of Racial Justice in Chicago Report


The State of Racial Justice in Chicago Report provides a comprehensive picture of the changing conditions of racial and ethnic groups in Chicago during the last half century. The report provides accessible data and analysis on how racial and ethnic groups in Chicago are faring in relation to housing, education, economics, health, justice, and services.

In keeping with IRRPP’s commitment to knowledge in the service of transformation, the scope and depth of the analysis increase awareness, attention, and discussion about Chicago’s racial and ethnic disparities and their intersecting dynamics. The report highlights gaps in the data and the challenges posed by the use of standard measures to assess racial dynamics. The report’s accessible data and analysis are meant to amplify its use and relevance for researchers, policy makers, and community organizers.

IRRPP Director Amanda E. Lewis

About The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy


The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago promotes, coordinates, and conducts innovative research at the intersections of race, ethnicity, and public policy. We strive to increase the quantity, quality, relevance, and impact of research on racial and ethnic groups facing persistent and consequential inequalities. Our work is intellectual and practical, intended to improve both the understanding and conditions of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. To fulfill our mission, IRRPP funds research on race and ethnicity, trains scholars to participate in policy discussions, collaborates on social justice projects with community organizations, and holds events exploring the link between policy and racial and ethnic inequality.

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University of Illinois at Chicago
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