Chicago has many nicknames: the Windy City, the Second City, city of broad shoulders and so forth. In the film The City of Necessity, the viewer is offered a stoic and sometimes somber look at life in Chicago from the 60's. The film seeks to show the benefits of living in a large urban environment by humanizing the city, and uses Chicago as an example. There are some great images of Chicago's midcentury high rises, juxtaposed with the demolition of older buildings. The film also seeks to dissect race and economic barriers in Chicago and features a cameo of boss mayor Richard J. Daley.
· City of Necessity [Youtube]
· Set in Chicago, early 1960s doc seeks a fairer urban America [WBEZ]