CityKey Municipal ID Program Was Pitched As A Way To Help Immigrants — But People From All Walks Of Life Are Snagging One

COMMUNITY AREA #71: Auburn Gresham—Chicago CityKey

Need a government-issued ID but don’t have a birth certificate or driver’s license? This (free, for now) card aims to bring folks out of the “shadows.”

AUBURN GRESHAM — Since the city rolled out its municipal ID card (known now as a Chicago CityKey) this spring, folks from all walks of life have been lining up to get one.

The ID card was initially pitched as a way to help  undocumented immigrants, offering them a government-issued personal identification card without needing a birth certificate or social security number.

But the program has been successful among all populations — thanks to its accessibility…

This story was written by Lee Edwards and originally published on Block Club Chicago in partnership with Chicago Ideas and The 77 Project. Continue reading here.


The 77 Project is a storytelling and media project presented in partnership with Xfinity with additional support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help redefine the narrative of our neighborhoods from the inside out. We’ll spend the remainder of 2018 shining a light on organizations and individuals in each of the 77 community areas of Chicago who are making a positive impact. Know someone we should speak with? Recommend them here.

Vanessa M. Buenger is the director of marketing & content at Chicago Ideas. She is passionate about storytelling and the power it has to change the world.

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