The unique histories of Chicago's neighborhoods have produced different community spaces where residents gather to purchase products, discuss methods for healing illness, and come together in various community spaces. We were especially interested in understanding placemaking, which is a way of shaping, defining, and re-inventing public spaces in a way that makes sense for the people and places they collectively share. We all shape our environments, and we have our own ways of understanding our physical, cultural, and social identities in the places we live, work, and play. Everyone engages in some form of placemaking by attributing a sense of identity to their neighborhood, community, and beyond. Below, you can explore some of the neighborhoods we've researched and learn more about the process of placemaking in different communities in Chicago.