Thousands of unemployed people paraded through the Loop and gathered at Grant Park to hear speakers in October of 1932. The Great Depression hit Chicago especially hard partly because of the city's dependence on manufacturing and a local fiscal crisis that predated the stock market crash. Four years after the crash, unemployment in the city was near 50 percent. (Chicago Tribune archive photo)
During the depression years it was not uncommon for the bell to ring in the middle of the night and see a blue robed nun in a white starched cap open the door to an abandoned baby wrapped in a newspaper with a note attached.