Friends of WC City Museum

132 Main Street, WC, IL 60185
Tues - Friday 10:30am-3:30pm
Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm
Contact: LuAnn Bombard
Phone: 231-3376
Fax: (630) 293-2943


Jane Addams' Hull House and the Immigrant Experience

On Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm., the West Chicago City Museum presents Dr. Bridget K. O'Rourke and a program about Hull House and its service to immigrants. Jane Addams founded the famous settlement house on Chicago's Near West Side in 1889, and for more than 45 years built her reputation as America's most prominent woman through her writing, settlement work, and international efforts for peace.

Over the years, Hull House was a community center for the urban poor of various immigrant groups: Italian, Irish, German, Greek, Bohemian, Russian, Polish and Mexican. Here residents were provided with employment assistance, child care, an art gallery, libraries, English and citizenship classes, and theater, music and art classes.

Dr. O'Rourke teaches at Elmhurst College and is the director of the College's Writing Center and faculty advisor to the College's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.

The public is invited to attend this free program at the Museum, 132 Main Street in West Chicago. For more information, please call (630) 231-3376 or email This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly.