Survival Economies: Black Informality in Chicago

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"Long before the coronavirus outbreak shuttered businesses and locked down much of the US economy, and before the vulnerabilities within the economic system were laid bare by the pandemic, countless Chicagoans were living on the edge."

The UIC Center for Urban Economic Development collaborated with Equity and Transformation (EAT) to release Survival Economies: Black Informality in Chicago. The report explores the structural inequalities that impact Black informal workers and the stories behind the survival economies in Chicago.

Download the Report Here