Fodor's Expert Review Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Hull House was the birthplace of social work. Social welfare pioneers and peace advocates Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr started the American settlement house movement in this redbrick Victorian in 1889. They wrought near-miracles in the surrounding community, which was then a slum for new immigrants. Pictures and letters add context to the two museum buildings, which re-create the homey setting the residents experienced. The museum, located on the UIC campus, also hosts a range of events typically geared toward progressive social movements.