Linda Gartz

Linda Gartz is an award-winning TV Producer & writer. Her memoir (SheWritesPress 2018) tells the story of racial change in 1960’s Chicago as experienced by a young white girl and her family.


From Linda

Hi. I’m sharing a unique perspective of Chicago–brought to you through a vast treasure trove of family letters, diaries, documents, photos–and more–that span the twentieth century. It’s history recorded in real time–a singular up-close and personal view of the most significant events of the last century–and the inspiration for my book, Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago.

Journals From My Mother

I grew up in West Garfield Park where my grandparents settled in 1912. For eighty years, my family remained devoted to rental property in this community, even after racist real estate practices, like redlining, undermined both black and white home equity, and set the stage for devastating riots in the 1960s. 

West Garfield Park is again front and center in news and politics. It’s tragic that only shootings and homicides bring focus to this neighborhood, which the city has ignored for decades.

1968 Riots – Tribune Archive Photo

Use the buttons below to learn more about me, explore my work, and read my blog, CHICAGO: A VIEW OVER TIME, to find out how my discoveries in the archives give perspective to present-day issues facing Chicago, the West Side, and the nation—and how one family coped with last century’s most turbulent times.

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Watch for my forthcoming book!

A Memoir of Race and Change in 1960s Chicago

Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago exposes the racist mortgage policies that ravaged our West Side community, destroying the hopes of both black and whites and recounts the insanity, loneliness, and historical forces that shattered my parents’ marriage as they fought an uphill battle to maintain property in a devastated landscape.

The book will be published in April 2018 by She-Writes-Press.



What people are saying

Real Words from Real Readers
  • As I begin to catalogue, pitch or absorb two big boxes of memorabilia of my parents, at least 10 years sitting on the floor in our office, i will think about the great job you have done of bringing your family to life and rescuing a part of history we have all shared. You are an inspiration!
  • Linda, at the start of a New Year, when I get to thinking about the old year in review, I can’t help but think of the blogs I’ve enjoyed reading the most. Yours has definitely been one of them. I’ve had the opportunity to designate your blog as a “Blog of the Year 2012” and want to thank you for sharing all that you’ve written on your family history.
  • I love the way your writing keeps drawing us forward in the story. We get to experience history as it happens, anticipating cataclysms the participants could never have foreseen.

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