About two dozen demonstrators, including undocumented students who are part of the Immigrant Youth Justice League, gathered at two rallies in downtown Chicago on July 21 to show their support for a national movement advocating for passage of the “DREAM Act.” The bill, if passed, would allow undocumented students with high school diplomas who were brought into the country by their parents to have a conditional path to citizenship upon completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

We have preserved these audio snapshots as a way to welcome immigrants and visitors to one of Chicago’s more unheralded treasures: A shared summer in the city.

Enjoy the slideshow that captures some of the sights and sounds of the rally and then click on the photos below to hear “snapshots” of the attendees with rich stories about their immigrant backgrounds and experiences. We hope you enjoy exploring the Summer Snapshots as much as we did. Please share your stories with us as well.

Audio Snapshots