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In 2019, Albany Park Neighbors will be going around the neighborhood recording your stories about Albany Park. Why did you move here? What do you hope to see in Albany Park? What was your worst winter? Did you have a harrowing escape from flooded apartment? Is that favorite restaurant you loved gone but not forgotten? What’s the most interesting thing about living here? Why do you love Albany Park?

Our inspiration was the WBEZ project StoryCorps in which members of younger generations interview family members and share stories of their life experiences. For our project, anyone can be the interviewer, and anyone can be the interviewee. We want your stories to live on for current and future neighbors to tell the rich history and legacy of what it means to be a part of Albany Park.

Stories can be in any language, will be edited to 5 to 10 minutes in length, and posted on the Albany Park Neighbors website. Participants will receive a copy of the full interview.

In the Fall, we’re planning to have a celebration and presentation of a selection of the stories we’ve recorded.


You don’t have to be interviewed to contribute.

  • Do you have a friend or neighbor with an interesting story? Encourage them to participate!

  • We need coordinators for blocks, schools, churches, and area organizations to help us spread the word and find willing participants.

  • Share information on social media with your friends and neighbors.

  • If you have experience with audio editing, video production, storytelling, or if you speak a language other than English, we need your help.


Facebook: @Albanyparkneighbors


We are looking for stories about Albany Park from neighbors who live within the yellow boundary in the map below (Bryn Mawr to Irving Park Road and Pulaski to the River).

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