The Hull House Neighborhood

The Jane Addams’ Hull House was founded in 1889. It served the needs of the immigrant population of the near-west side community. Primary among those southern European immigrant groups were Greeks, Italians and Jews. The physical demise of the 13 building Hull House complex and the Bowen Country Club, the Hull House summer camp occurred in 1963. The community succumbed to the decision to construct the University of Illinois in the neighborhood that had come to be known as the Legendary Taylor Street’s Little Italy, the port-of-call for Chicago’s Italian American immigrants. The main building survived as the Hull House Museum. Under the guardianship of the U of I, the Museum, a showcase for the legacy of Jane Addams, exists to fulfill the mandate to preserve and dispense the history of the Jane Adams’ Hull House and the immigrant community it had served.

Applicants for the $250 scholarship

Any student with an interest in the history of the Jane Addams’ Hull House and the community it served can apply.


The purpose of the scholarship is two-fold.
First and primary is to preserve the stories of those who lived the experience (Italian American or otherwise) of growing up Taylor Street. The near-west side community that Jane Addams had labeled “The Hull House Neighborhood.”

You may choose to do a research paper on Jane Addams and the Jane Addams’ Hull House. Your paper may encompass Hull House’s relationship with the near-west side neighborhood that served as its laboratory and upon which the Hull house sociologists and philanthropists based their protests to the establishment.

Please send your research paper or story to:

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