Harold L. Ickes Homes

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Harold L. Ickes Homes
One Of The Last Harold Ickes Buildings.jpg
2008 photograph of one of the buildings in the Harold L. Ickes Homes housing project.
LocationBordered by Cermak Road, 25th Street and State and Federal Streets
Chicago, Illinois
 United States
Coordinates41.8508° N, 87.6280° W
Chicago Housing Authority

Harold L. Ickes Homes was a Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) public housing project in the Near South Side neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It was bordered between State Street and Federal Street and Cermak Road and 25th Street. It was a part of the State Street Corridor, which included other CHA properties: Robert Taylor Homes, Dearborn Homes, Stateway Gardens and Hilliard Homes.[1]


Named for a United States administrator and politician, Harold LeClair Ickes. The housing project was constructed by the Public Works Administration between 1954 and 1955 . It consisted of eleven 9-story high-rise buildings with a total of 738 apartments [1]. In 2007, Ickes residents recorded acts of police harassment which included strip searches of African-American men as children watched; The footage aired on NBC's Channel 5. On October 9, 2007, Rev. Jesse Jackson along with ministers from Chicago's west side and community members moved into the housing project to bring attention to the harassment situation.[2]


As of May 2015, most of the site remains undeveloped following its demolition as part of the Plan for Transformation/Plan Forward. In September 2013, two years after the final building was demolished, former residents called for the housing authority to build replacement housing as promised. One former resident was quoted as saying: "We were told by the CHA that once the Ickes was torn down replacement units would then be built. That has not happened even though taxpayers' money is being used to help build a new Green Line station on Cermak Road and a new stadium for DePaul."[3]


Residents were zoned to schools in the Chicago Public Schools including John C. Haines School in Chinatown and Phillips Academy High School.[4][5] Students from Ickes used a tunnel to get to Haines.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Changes to public housing spur State Street revival
  2. ^ Austin Weekly News: Rev. Jesse Jackson moves into Harold Ickes Homes Residents: We're fed up with police harassment (Wednesday, October 10, 2007)
  3. ^ Former Residents of CHA's Ickes Homes Demand to Return Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Near North West Central Elementary Schools Archived June 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine." Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved on April 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "West/Central/South High Schools Archived 2010-02-14 at WebCite." Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved on April 7, 2009.
  6. ^ Ahmed-Ullah, Noreen S. (2001-07-01). "School strives to expel racism". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. Retrieved 2016-12-24.

Coordinates: 41°51′03″N 87°37′41″W / 41.8508°N 87.6280°W / 41.8508; -87.6280