Relocate Your Dreams, Dislocate Your Lives is about the O'Hare Modernization Project which is a $15 billion dollar project dedicated to expanding the already existing O'Hare airport and acquiring 433 acres of land in four communities to finalize the project. One of these communities is Bensenville, a suburb approximately 17 miles from the City of Chicago. Since 2003, the City of Chicago has bought more than five hundred homes and businesses in the Village of Bensenville adjacent to the airport. This act has displaced hundreds of families and left the area desolate and vacant, and left the few remaining residents in a decaying neighborhood. The City of Chicago has used eminent domain to acquisition this area; the law of eminent domain states that the government has the power to appropriate private property for public use, usually with compensation to the owner. The project also requires the relocation of St. Johannes Cemetery, an old German cemetery dating back to the 1800's. In March of 2006 the O?Hare Modernization Project made an offer of $630,000 for the purchase of the cemetery, which is owned by St. Johns Evangelical Church in Addison Township, located in Bensenville. As of today the Church's Council and its supporters in the St. Johannes Alliance are working hard to prevent the destruction of these sacred grounds. With these photographs it is my hope to document the story of all of these people who had once inhabited these homes and spaces. I had hoped to explore the economic impact this displacement had on their lives and communities, and evaluate this impact in view of the recent decline of housing prices and economic recession that has resulted in the airline industry withdrawing support for the expansion. The air line industry has said that the project has been "ill conceived" and "premature", in addition aviation experts have said that the project will not alleviate the traffic jams at O'Hare but rather produce massive delays and increase cost for both consumers and airlines during and after initial construction. What follows is a documentation of what has happened to this area over the years. One of my initial goals for this project was to get residents reactions still residing in the neighborhood. I also wanted to find residents who had relocated and learn their stories, so I began the search to try and find the residents of these abandoned houses, through title searches I was able to find names and obtain addresses. I sent letters explaining who I was and what my project was about. I also began knocking on doors to find people reluctant to open the door and talk, as the area has become a breading ground for gang activity. The few residents who I spoke with said that they were very upset and angered about the expansion. Nelson Marrero who has lived in the area for 13 years with his wife and son says he has been notified by the City of Chicago that he has to be out of his house by November and does not know were he will relocate to. He said the neighborhood used to be nice but now resembles a jungle with unkempt yards and the deteriorating houses. Cheryl Beseke, who I met while walking among the boarded up houses owns a dog walking service and has friends who live in the area and explained to me that the area has been a breading ground for people to abandon their pets, so she visits the area at least once a week looking for stray cats and dogs and has so far rescued two dogs from the area.