Lake County@Work

Construction of homes, 1936, Libertyville Homesteads, Illinois. Photo by Theodor Jung.

Project Overview

Lake County@Work is a year-exploration of labor and work within Lake County, Illinois through the lens of the humanities. Through a series of creative projects, we will examine how “work” within our region is evolving and shifting, with the goal of creating a vision for what the future of work could be or should be. Projects will focus on storytelling in order to highlight the diverse voices in our community and provide a platform for those who have been historically under- or unrepresented.

Lake County@Work consists of a series of collaborative events or projects that will take place over the 2022-2023 academic year, led by Voices of Lake County committee members. The events will culminate in a Spring Showcase on Friday, April 28.


We will consider these questions:


  • What work did previous generations do to establish our towns and cities? What are some unique stories from Lake County business owners and entrepreneurs (especially minoritized business owners)?

  • How is work connected to how we are perceived by others and how we see ourselves? How are our identities shaped by the work that we do?

  • How can we create a sustainable, equitable, inclusive work environment that supports laborers as well as the local economy?

  • How is our perception of work evolving and what should the future of work look like?