Dunning's dark past

A peek into the history of the Cook County Hospital for the Insane

March 27, 2013

Robert Loerzel

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Mike Dotson from Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood is curious to know: "What’s the history behind Cook County’s former Dunning Insane Asylum and the people buried near there?" The site is now home to the Chicago-Read Mental Health Center. Freelance writer and photographer Robert Loerzel is digging into the history behind Dunning. Do you have family members or know anyone who was buried at Dunning or lived there? We'd love to speak with you. Comment below!