Two Miles, 16 Years: Chicago’s “Death Gap” is a Crisis

Date(s) - 10/15/18
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Museum of Contemporary Art

Hosted by
Chicago Ideas

Two Miles, 16 Years: Chicago’s “Death Gap” is a Crisis

Monday, Oct 15, 2018 12:00 – 1:15 PM @ Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

In 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University released a report that calculated the life expectancies within four different American cities, including Chicago. The findings were harrowing. Under their model, residents of West Garfield Park were expected to live to age 69. Residents of the Loop, just a 15-minute train ride away, were expected to live until the tender age of 85.

This “death gap” shines a light on a grim reality in the city—the fact that a couple of miles could mean living more than a decade longer. But Chicagoans are more than data points, and the city is more than a map. In this Conversation, we’ll talk with West Side United, a first of its kind collective of health care institutions, community members, non-profits and faith-based institutions working to heal Chicago’s West Side from the ground up, and hit on innovative ways to solve a set of complex issues.