We All Are Streeter (2006)
We All Are Streeter is a scripted symposium (ubeknownst to the audience) about identity, locality, and the notion of second city complex, a subject very much implicit in the cultural dynamics in Chicago. The “panel” was composed of a critic and an artist from Peoria (a city in Illinois that regards itself as a “second city” to Chicago). The debate between the panelists was intertwined with a lecture about the real life of Captain George Wellington Streeter, an eccentric sailor whose boat crashed onto the shores of downtown Chicago and thus tried to claim the area as his own. He was eventually evicted, but the area where he once claimed as his own is now known as Streeterville.
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